The Price of Paradise

The view from the Symi Visitor accommodation office balcony.

The olive trees in the planters along the harbour front have been replaced with palms.  Presumably the netting is to discourage our feline friends. This photograph was taken just after 8 on Monday morning.  Mavrovouni in the background was already in full sun whereas the harbour was still in shadow. At this time of the year location really does have an impact on micro-climates and some neighbourhoods hardly see the sun at all.  For late season and winter bookings it is really important to check the location of the house as it can make all the difference between a sunny winter holiday and being wrapped up in woollies in the gloom.

Homer had it right - dawn really is 'rosy fingered' around here.

The bunkering ship docking in Pedi.  I am not sure if this is for the fuel station on the Pedi road or for the power station but there are laden tanker trucks on board.

Unfortunately many of the trees on the island have died of drought.  Although winter 2014/15 was extremely wet, the rains stopped early and then winter 2015/2016 was very dry so the ground water was not topped up.  These two almond trees in my garden will have to be cut down as they are already starting to sag as there is no sap rising through the branches. Even if we had the water reserves, it is not possible to irrigate trees of this size.

Breakfast al fresco on the Kali Strata
The season is drawing to a close and there are far fewer people around. The weather is still remarkably mild and remains dry, despite the odd teaser on the long range weather forecasts.  The threatened Greek air traffic controllers' strike was called off at the last minute so flights in and out of Greece are as normal this week and our last arrivals will be here as planned.  It is such a lovely time of year, those in the know who have the time to spare find October a perfect time to enjoy a couple of weeks on Symi.  Further south than most of the other Greek islands and sheltered on three sides by Asia Minor, Symi stays warm long after many other destinations have packed up for the winter.  If we had a better ferry service, as we had in the old days of ANES, the season would last until the Panormitis festival on 8 November but in these days of austerity Greece we are at the mercy of bigger ferry companies and they find it too expensive to have boats overnighting in Symi to provide us with the evening/early morning connections that we need.  The only days we can do a day return from Symi to Rhodes are Wednesdays and Fridays with the Blue Star, and of those days it is only on Fridays that one might be there long enough to get everything done, bearing in mind that government offices are only open in the mornings and professionals close in the afternoons for the siesta. The price we have to pay to live in paradise!

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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