Golden September

Club Med 2 spent Thursday in Symi this week. As the boat was anchored off Nimborio instead of alongside and she was here for a full day with the guests coming ashore in small groups in those little white boats you can see in the stern the visit worked out very well. There wasn't the sense of the harbour being invaded by hundreds of people all at once and all the shops, cafes and tavernas benefited.
Turkish gulets in Yialos on Wednesday morning.

One of the few large yachts to visit this season, slipping out of Yialos very early on Wednesday morning.

Fishing boats below the Symi Visitor Accommodation office window.

Lemonitissa church looming over Yialos.  I sometimes try to imagine what the hilltop must have looked like when the knights built their castle up there.  All the buildings you can see in this photograph are relatively recent, built in the late 19th or early 20th century. At the time that the castle was built the population lived up in Chorio, huddled around the hilltop and up the lower slopes of the Vigla and at the top of the Kataraktis.  Many of the surviving really old houses up in that area have thick walls and relatively small windows, easy to defend against pirates and invaders.  The castle was already in disrepair when the retreating Germans blew up the last structures during the Second World War and all that is left are a few fragments of  the massive stone walls.

An autumnal view of the Pedi valley and Pedi bay.

September shadows.  I remember that little oak tree when it was just 2 twigs and a handful of leaves but then, I have been walking past it twice a day for 20 years! The curious shadow on the right is a chapel bell-tower.

The parental oak, a few metres further along the road.

Who is leaning on whom?
After an abnormally quiet season, September is bustling with activity and happy reunions as the island's September 'regulars' start to arrive. Symi has a very high return rate and many of the British and Scandinavian visitors who come to Symi in September and October have been visiting Symi since they first discovered the island as backpackers in the 1970s and 80s.  Friendships have been made among each other and also with the locals and there is many a Symiot with a foreign godparent. Symi is that sort of place.  No one remains a stranger for long.

The weather remains warm with day time temperatures in the 30s falling to the low to mid twenties at night.  There is the possibility of thunderstorms early on Monday morning and strong westerly winds next week.  It is time to start keeping an eye on the weather forecast as the equinox is only 3 weeks away.

Speaking of nostalgia, some of you may have seen old photographs of seaplanes landing in Symi and Kastellorizon.  Over the years we have heard of several proposals to reintroduce seaplanes to the islands that don't have airports.  Here is the latest one and it sounds fairly promising.

Have a good weekend.


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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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