The Sun is Out

Autumn light and cloud shadows.

Pediment details on the Kali Strata.

On the Kali Strata there are many mansions, some restored, some ruined, some decaying with quiet neglect, waiting for absent or impecunious owners to one day find the money to restore them to their former glory.

The bell tower of St John's church at the back of Yialos.  

There's a cat posing among the pot plants near St John's courtyard in Yialos.  Can you see him?

An inscrutable cat pretending to be invisible.

Drying out wet deck cushions on the Poseidon on the right. The water taxi service is now finished for the year.

The bunting is up for tomorrow's Ochi Day Parade.  Tomorrow is a major public holiday in Greece so banks and government offices and many businesses will be closed. There's a lone late season megayacht on the quay but otherwise very little activity.
After a very wet weekend the sun is out and the harbour is ringing with the sound of excited children, practising for the Ochi Day Parade tomorrow.  As the wind is coming down from the north it is now quite chilly in the shade.  Temperatures will be around 20 degrees at midday this week although the nights will remain fairly mild with not much difference between day and night time temperatures.  More thundershowers and storms are forecast for later in the week and early next week.  At the moment there are no seriously strong winds forecast but the weather is so changeable at the moment there are no guarantees.

As the tourist season draws to a close many of the locals are busy with preparations for the Panormitis Festival at the other end of the island.  This takes place over the 7th and 8th of November and pilgrims come from all over Greece to stay at the monastery.  It is a very Greek event and is an opportunity to celebrate in a way that is totally divorced from mainstream tourism.  A bit of a travelling fair sets up around the monastery with hawkers setting up stalls to sell socks, oranges, Chinese power tools and freshly fried doughnuts plus anything else that can be loaded onto a pickup truck or sold from a market stall.  The ferry timetable is now available for the Panormitis festival period if you are going to be here at that time.

Have a good week.


Nicola Holland  – (Friday, October 31, 2014)  

I have just returned from a holiday on Rhodes and spent the day in Symi. I wish it was longer! I left a little piece of my heart there that day. What a stunningly beautiful island. I am now planning to return as soon as possible for a few days, and I just came across your blog while I was looking for some history for a blog I'm doing. Really enjoying having a read through your blog, nice to hear what the locals get up to.

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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