April Postcards from Symi

Clear and calm - and it is definitely starting to feel like summer!

Down in the harbour more places are opening up every day.

The hotels are starting to get ready for the season.  Mattresses airing on the balconies at the Albatros hotel, round the corner from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office.

Meanwhile up in Chorio, that kite from Clean Monday is still draped around the wires outside Giorgio and Maria's taverna.  If you are unfamiliar with Symi, this is the upper reaches of the Kali Strata steps, just before one gets to the Chorio square.

One bonus of the dry weather is that the roses are wonderful this year, unmarred by rain on the petals.

White horse and daisies at the top of the Pedi valley.

Lieni - Getting the whitewashing done in time for Easter.

It has been a long time since these old houses in Chorio last saw any whitewash.

Chorio is a mixture of restored houses like the one in the photograph below, and places that are in a state of neglect or total ruin, their owners long emigrated to Australia or America.

A Symi cat, admiring harbour views from the Kastro.

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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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