April Postcards from Symi

The spring flowers are setting seed and will soon be over for another year.  Only about a fortnight more of sneezing and then my hay fever should be over too!

The end of an era - Syllogos restaurant is now closed and the premises are to let.  Luckily Giorgio and Maria's taverna, next door, is still doing well and you can also stroll further up to Zoe's taverna for more traditional home-style Greek cooking.

The two traditional cafe bars at the top of the Kali Strata, just off the village square, are a popular meeting place in the evenings.  Easy to find and centrally located, they are a good stopping off point on the way home from a day on the beach or for enjoying pre-dinner drinks with friends before a meal at Giorgio's next door.This is also the  new venue for the Symi Gallery Sunday cinema club.  Look out for posts advertising what is on each week.

The narrow lanes of Chorio offer picturesque glimpses of village life.

You might think that building a house out of stone on Symi would be cheap, considering that the island has this resource in abundance. The thing to remember is that stone is very labour intensive.  Here two stone masons sit, in the shade of the trees in Lieni, chipping stones and rocks into appropriate shapes for building walls.

A spot of free grazing.

The vibrant reds and yellows of the poppies and daisies are giving way to the pale pink of bindweed and tiny wild chamomile.

Symi parking.  The horse was actually tethered to the boat trailer, waiting patiently for his master to come back.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office at midday today.  Still not much yachting activity but the only day trip boat from Rhodes still missing is the Symi Sea Dreams.

There are even a few day-trippers around including a lot of young families on package holidays to Rhodes.

Symi colours
April is drawing to a close and the temperatures continue to rise.  The island is all-set for a sunny bank holiday long weekend and the 10 day forecast mentions neither rain nor clouds so this is probably it!  Monday, 1 May, is traditionally celebrated in Greece by gathering wild flowers (whatever is left!) to make wreathes and garlands with which to decorate front doors.  I hope to share some of these with you in my blog on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend.


Anonymous –   – (Saturday, April 29, 2017)  

Shame about syllagos. Loved that place. Not been the same since. Symi needs to drop prices like Halki etc. We know importing is expensive. Only so much money to go round with holidays.

Anonymous –   – (Tuesday, June 20, 2017)  

What is Lefteris from Syllogos doing now? Fond memories of him and the late Lemonia.

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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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