May on Symi

This house on the Kali Strata was abandoned recently enough to have had an electricity connection.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

Cooing on the Kali Strata.

Gleaming whitewash, all ready for summer.

These glass eye amulets are popular in both Greece and Turkey.

Symi colours

Health and safety? What's that?

The path to St Nicholas beach, Pedi


Hen and chickens

Rush hour, Symi style

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning. The storm reached us about half an hour later and we had an hour of gentle rain.  The thunder and lightning stayed well out to sea.
We have had all sorts of weather this week, ranging from hot and dry to cool and breezy with showers and passing thunderstorms.   The sailors' strike for Tuesday and Wednesday was extended for another 48 hours so we have not seen the Blue Star at all this week.  Dodecanese Seaways was unaffected by the strike action and their vessels continued to run to the advertised schedule.  It is worth remembering that when you see big headlines about 'paralysing' strikes and so on, this is very seldom really the case and small local shipping companies continue to run.  They can't afford not to.  It is only the big companies operating out of Pireus that are usually affected so if you are flying into Rhodes, you can still get to Symi.

The number of yachts and Turkish gulets passing through Symi is slowly increasing and there are a few more people around, mainly regular visitors to the island and their friends.  Saga Holidays, Olympic Holidays and Titan Travel also have people on the island at the moment.

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.

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

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