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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 week of Symi Photos

A week of Symi Photos

This week I will be posting photos. I have a busy week ahead with family visiting and other things, and so I thought I would spend a couple of hours this Sunday morning loading up a series of images from Saturday. They can then post themselves so that you, dear reader, have something to view and I, dear writer, don’t have to worry about a blog until next week. Hope you don’t mind.

First, though, I’d just like to point you in the direction of an author interview I gave to fellow author Kay Macleod. You might be interested to read my replies to her questions which take us from Romney Marsh to Symi, via Bill Bryson and others. Here’s the link: James Collins author interview. Please do take a look and share it around, I need all the publicity I can get!

Symi photos Greece

Symi photos Greece

And now onto the story behind the photos. Manolis invited me, Mother and her friend to attend the name day festival of Agios Anthimos. This saint’s day is actually September 3rd, but as this was a Sunday, the event was held on Saturday. This was explained to me by a young man I met at the church who is a partner in the Symi Train business. We found our lift up to the church of Kokimedes at 9.00 in the morning and clambered into the back of a pick-up truck for the ride up the mountain and across the island and up another mountain, which we reached at 9.30. We watched the service, parts of which were held in the courtyard as the 16th Century church is quite small. There then followed coffee and cakes, the specially blessed bread and, after this, a lunch of lamb and salad. Our ride back was just as much fun in a crowded pick-up truck, but we made it safely. There should be a full report in my next book of travel tales, ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ when it comes out in November. During this week, I will put up more photos from this day. I will put them up in a varied order to make the collection more interesting. Have a good week, and I will see you either next Monday or Tuesday.

Symi photos Greece

View from the grounds

Symi photos Greece

Kokimedes is high up

Symi photos Greece

Symi photos Greece

Bread awaiting blessing

Symi photos Greece

Parading the icon

Symi photos Greece

Symi photos Greece

Blessing the bread