I left you overnight at the small church of Ag Raphael. It was here, while on our healthy, afternoon walk, that we were invited in to take photos and join the name day festivities. We celebrated our health-walk with a beer and donuts. Actually, we didn’t eat the donuts there, we took them home, but we did have a souvlaki. It is rude not to. We also took some photos inside and around the church. Here are a few:
Back to the Symi walk and, slightly lightheaded, what you do is this: You can looks one way and see the other side of the island, across the main road and towards Ag Michaelis Roukouniotis…
… and you can look the other way towards Symi harbour. Looking that way, with the church on your right, you head down the semi-made up road a way.
Keep an eye out to your left where you will, after a short distance, see red marks and arrows that apparently point to nothing in particular. Look more closely and you see you’re on an old calderimi, a ‘donkey path.’ From here on it’s easy.
All you do now is walk, very carefully, downhill following this old path. There’ also a water pipe at one point, but don’t follow that all the way as it has business elsewhere. Follow the track past the copse, zigzag down and you will, eventually come to a gate by a ruined house. Through there and the path is more made up, but still uneven. But follow that all the way and you will, eventually, come out at the back of the harbour at the Grace Hotel.
From then on it’s easy enough to find your favourites Symi bar, or taverna, or coffee shop or find your way home. This walk took us two hours from home to harbour, but we did stop at the church for about 20 minutes and we don’t amble, we kind of hurry-walk, especially between one beer and another.
That’s it! Have a good weekend! (Normal sized photos will be back next week, I was just seeing how they looked in this kind of format post. Remember you can click one and you should then be able to run a slideshow of all of them in the open window.)