All Calm on Symi

Mirror-calm seas in Pedi and beyond to Turkey.

Freshly launched from the skids in Harani, a water taxi sets off to come round to Yialos.

For a change I took a different route down this morning, turning off the Kali Strata about half way down to take the zigzag path past the high school and down, via the ramp passed our old office.

A grape vine tangled over an orange bougainvillea. The plumes hanging down like pipe-cleaners are actually grape blossom trusses, humming with bees.  

Symi is so steep in places, sometimes the path ahead looks as though one is going to step off a cliff into the blue beyond.


A random composition of mats and petunias.

The cruising season has started.

Fuschias on the taverna steps.
You may be looking at television footage of riot police and tear gas in Syntagma Square, Athens, as people protest the latest round of punitive austerity measures required to achieve the latest tranche of bail out funds, but here on Symi it could not be more calm. While the strike has affected the Blue Star line which operates out of Pireus, for Dodecanese Seaways it is business as usual and Symi is not affected.   The Symiots are far too busy, doing their best to earn a living, to hit the streets with stones and molotov cocktails and in many ways this feels like a completely different world, a world of sunny days, sailing boats, sun cream, ice cream and taverna tables under shady vines.

The weather is calm and sunny with temperatures in the mid-twenties and set to rise.  There isn't even a rumour of rain on the horizon so we are likely to have non-stop sunny days from now until October.  The children went back to school today and everyone is busy.  The water taxis are back in their line up below the Symi Visitor Accommodation office window and the beach tavernas will soon be opening, initially with a modest menu of refreshments which will gradually expand to full menus as demand increases.

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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.

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

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