February Postcards from Symi

A lone yacht lies at anchor in Pedi.  

Climbing up the Kali Strata, when you turn the corner and see this view you know you are on the home run.  The Chorio Syllogos square and Giorgio and Maria's taverna are just beyond that pink and white building with the awning at the top of the photograph.  You will also find the Olive Tree, the Rainbow Bar, Lefteris Kafeneion, Syllogos restaurant, Sotiris'supermarket, the Fiona Hotel as well as several other shops and businesses at the top of these steps so keep on climbing!

About a third of the way down the main stretch of the Kali Strata.

Even under the Turkish Ottoman rule there was freedom of religion on Symi.  Many fine churches were built and merchants houses such as this one were not shy to display the Christian cross on their pediments.


Yialos is pretty much empty at this time of the year.

Waiting for breakfast

Hay heading up to the donkey drover's place in Xisos.

Valentine's day was last week. The cat doesn't seem too sure about whether roses are edible or not.

The poultry seller comes round the islands, selling young chickens, turkeys and guinea fowls.  These days with ever more people turning to the land to feed their families, keeping poultry to provide eggs and the occasional bird for the pot makes sense.

Roses near the Village Hotel in Chorio.

The view from the top of the Kali Strata, looking towards Mavrovouni with the Drakounda valley, Nimborio and the Datca peninsular in the background.

Syringa berries.

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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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