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Living on a Greek island

A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

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A Walk Along The Lane

A Walk Along The Lane

Kalo Mina! Just a quick walk along the lane today, but it’s an enjoyable one and one that many visitors to Symi may not know about. It’s easy to find, this lane. Once you are in the village square, head towards Lemonitisa on the path that leads from the western corner of the square. There’s only one way in and one way out of the square, and it’s not the lane that leads towards the shops, so you can’t go wrong.

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Delivery made, back to the shop

Its takes an S bend up a slight incline and then slopes upwards a little, but it’s not a steep gradient. You can turn left up some steps and into the other parts of the village, or right and down through the hillside to Yialos. You pass the bins on your left, not the most pleasant of landmarks, but an obvious one. Keep going past a few houses, and you have views down to the sea and the harbour. Further, you come to another corner, and there you can see the back of Yialos and over towards Nimborio and Turkey beyond.

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Towards the hills and terraces.

You can also look across to the hills and see terracing and some small farms, a few scattered houses that have been built recently – and I mean one or two built in the last ten years or less, and, if you keep going, you will see the Kataractis and the further hillside of Horio, with the Vigla beyond. You can carry on and then turn left into the back of the village and up to the Castro, or right and down to the back of Yialos on the old and original path to the harbour.

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Classic Symi view

I like this lane and not only because we currently live on it. It gives you great views and has a charm and character, and is unlike many other lanes in the village where there are often walls on either side of you. It’s open and offers both sun and shade along with its views.

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Symi in the green of winter

There, a quick walk and something else to put on your ‘things to do on Symi’ list for when you come and visit next. You do have a visit planned, don’t you? I hope so.

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Towards the Vigla