Life on Symi in August

Life imitating art?

No, this isn't the result of a sudden downpour.  At this time of the year the municipality hoses down the lanes first thing in the morning to get rid of the dust.  

There is a new ice factory on Symi, just down our lane.  Yachtsmen, you can drop off your washing at the Sunflower, pick up your cakes at the patisserie, get your shopping delivered from the supermarket and collect ice on the way back.  And that is not forgetting the chandler immediately opposite our office door.  Everything you need, all within a few metres of each other.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation balcony this week.

Fresh fish, locally caught.



It was very humid on Wednesday, hence this very hazy view of the Blue Star Paros.

If you are looking for the Chorio museum having got off the bus at the Lavinia/Lieni stop, you will approach the museum from the side.  It is the white building on the right of the lane in this photograph and the entrance is around the corner, diagonally opposite the rather splendid red house you can glimpse in the distance.

The dividing line between town and country is very blurred io Symi and it is not unusual to see goats, sheep and chickens wandering around the lanes, looking for a snack. Remember to keep your courtyard door closed to avoid unwanted visitors nibbling the geraniums!

Weathered wood in Chorio.

I wonder how long that tin bath has been there.

Roof repairs to the Agios Eleftherias church at Kampos in Chorio. This church is unusual in that it has twin bell towers integral to the building.

Chorio colours

Morning glory flourishes in the present high humidity.

Cat nap.

The clock tower and police station in Yialos. The Schengen clearing zone is at the base of the clock tower and all yachts coming in from outside the EU have to stop there first to complete immigration formalities and customs procedures.

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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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