May Postcards from Symi

Pretty petunias outside the Vapori bar, one of several attractive bars and cafes in Yialos, Symi's main harbour.

Fresh fish at Symi's fish market, by the bridge in Yialos.  Just remember, this is Greece so you have to be up early if you want fresh fish.  By 10 or so it is all gone.

VE Day - 8 May 2017

I wonder how many thousands of soldiers have marched past this balcony in the last hundred years.

Greek oregano, rigani, growing wild on the terraces of the Pedi valley.  That black and red blob is a butterfly.  I was up on the road above, looking down, and hadn't realised the butterfly was there until I downloaded my photographs.

May Day in Chorio

Nearly done.  Only about 60 or so steps still to go!

It was extremely windy on Monday night and for most of Tuesday.  The super-sized Greek flags for the VE Day parade on Monday put a lot of strain on the flag poles. The one outside the customs house nearly took off, despite a couple of guy ropes. The ones on the bridge are just slightly bent at the top.

One wonky flagpole with the Kastro, Lemonitissa and Chorio on the hill in the background.

It will take a while to get used to seeing the Poseidon without her masts.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office today. 

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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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