Everyday Life on Symi in July 2015

Saturday afternoon and Pedi bay is full of yachts of all shapes, sizes and nationalities.

The view outside my office window on Monday morning, 13 July 2015.

Saturday afternoon, 11 July 2015.  A family christening at Agios Trianda, the big church at the top of Chorio.  Note the display of pink confectionery on the side table.  This is very much a tradition.  Christenings have themes appropriate to the child's gender and everyone gets various treats and party favours outside the church.

There were quite a few ancient Greek-themed dresses.  This elegant young woman is one of the godparents.

Everyone comes to a Greek orthodox christening and it is an opportunity for families to put on their best clothes, show off their beautiful children and catch up on the latest gossip.  There were as many people outside the church as in as it is not obligatory to actually attend the service. As you can see, there are plenty of little Symiots to carry the island forward for another generation.

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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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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