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.



Symi Spring Pastels

Pachos kafeneion near our office is closed for a few days for its annual spring-clean and repaint.  It is quite common here to see business owners doing their own painting and decorating.  

The two boutiques on the other side of us are now open.

You must admit, Symi harbour is exceptionally photogenic.

The herb and spice shop by the bridge has opened for the summer.

The mulberry trees that were planted in the town square a few years ago have suddenly turned into proper trees and should provide good shade.

One of Symi's several sponge shops.  That is the National Bank of Greece next door. They have an ATM just inside the doorway. There is another ATM further down, in the vestibule of the Alpha Bank and then there is a third on the opposite side, next to the pharmacy.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation balcony today.  

Pretty spring pastels are always in fashion on Symi.

There is an amazing array  of fresh produce available at the moment as there is an overlap between the cool weather vegetables like leeks and cauliflowers, the strictly spring time artichokes and then the first of the summer cucumbers, tomatoes and aubergines. No, the pineapples on the right are not local - they, like the bananas, come from South America.  Greek produces a wide range of fresh produce through the year but tropical fruits are not on the list.

A quiet lane in Yialos.
It is still fairly cool with a light north-westerly breeze and we had several hours of steady drizzle on Saturday night.  Temperatures are forecast to rise steadily through the week, peaking at 26 degrees on Saturday, just in time for the May Day long weekend.  There is no further rain on the horizon and unless we have a shower in May, the summer drought has begun.  Symi has one of the longest dry seasons in Greece and can go without any rain at all from April through to early November.

Work has resumed across the bay, on the new commercial harbour and jetty, and I can hear a steady distant 'tok-tok-tok' as they chip away at the rocky shoreline.  They are still creating a large flat area at the base of the hill and widening the frontage as far as Petalo.  Once this becomes operational there will be far less heavy vehicle traffic through Yialos as the car ferries will dock and unload there instead of at the clock tower.  Symi may also then provide shelter to occasional cruise ships late in the season when strong winds and heavy swells close Rhodes harbour.

Sorry but that's it for poppy pictures for another year!

Have a good week.



About this Blog

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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