Symi Rainbows

As you know from my previous blog, Friday was a wet and windy day.  At sunset we were treated to this wonderful rainbow at Pontikokastro - 'mouse castle', the neolithic stone circle on the hill by the windmills that local legend says is the grave of King Nireus.

The Michaelaki, the statue of the little fisher boy by Kostas Valsamis, the famous Symiot sculptor, used to be by the clock tower.  It was moved to the head of the harbour, opposite our office, when work was done on the quayside at the clock tower to improve facilities for cruise ships a few years back.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning. The statue in the previous photograph is masked by the date palm on the right.

It is a clear calm cold day today.  It is about 10 degrees centigrade in the sunny.

Balconies on the sunny side of the harbour.

Happiness is a warm stone bridge in the winter sunshine.

There are very few places open to eat at this time of the year but this taverna tucked in one of the back lanes of the harbour is open for trade.  Look at all those marvellous tomatoes.
The latest round of strikes and storms has passed and we have emerged, blinking in the winter sun. I can hear locals chatting in Pachos downstairs and debating the merits of various purchases at the chandlery in the lane.  The Dodecanese Pride came through from Rhodes this morning, bringing some fresh produce and more is expected on the Blue Star which is once again making a special detour through Symi this afternoon to make up for the disruptions on Friday and Saturday.  We should have a couple of days of settled weather and then it will probably turn showery again on Wednesday and Thursday. No strong winds are forecast this week and the agenda also looks surprisingly strike free, aside from the farmers who are still blockading roads on the mainland. On the whole it has been quite a dry winter so far and the water ship from Rhodes is currently in Pedi, topping up the reservoirs.  Temperatures are still low, even in the sun, and there are little plumes of wood smoke rising from chimneys all round Chorio.

Have a good week.


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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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