Monday Morning Blues in Yialos

Clear and cold - the sea off the Nireus hotel by the clock tower this morning.

The Nireus hotel, like many others on Symi, is still firmly closed for the winter.  It will be a few weeks yet before the winter wrappings are packed away and the sunbeds and parasols reappear along the quay.

This view of Harani gives an idea of how Symi's houses are built, arranged in tiers along the cliffs and connected by a network of steps and ramps.  Very few houses on the island have close vehicle access and anything under about 60 steps is regarded as easy access.

A traditional fishing caique.  In the background you can see the Pitini and Petalo parts of the harbour and the zone where the distinction between the lower reaches of Chorio and the upper reaches of the harbour  becomes blurred.  The scar on the hillside to the left is the only vehicle road that connects Yialos, the harbour, with Chorio, the old town, Pedi, the next bay and Panormitis, the big monastery at the south western end of the island.

A perfect colour match.

When this pair of semi-detached houses was built in Yialos, red brick was very rare and evidently regarded as something to aspire to, so the right hand house, built out of the usual local stone, was cunningly plastered to make it appear to be made from brick. Alas, the subterfuge has been revealed as the plaster has started to fall off, but whoever's status was dependent on this has long passed from this world and the house is on the verge of ruin.

It is quite warm out of the wind, as this cat colony has discovered in the storage zone round the side of the cafe by the bridge.

No pre-packs here - this is how our fruit and vegetables arrive.

Oh goody!  The Greek strawberry season has started!

You may be sure that the oyster mushrooms at this taverna are fresh.

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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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