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Don’t Forget The Backstreets

Don’t Forget The Backstreets

A few more photos from Sunday’s walk today. Passing through the town square in Yialos, we came across what I call an ‘Art Car.’ It reminded me of half a Smart Car, but had been used for artistic purposes, to make a bench opposite the new bakery.

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This new bakery is on the town square, on the left-hand side as you look at the stage. In fact, from the restaurant on the corner, where the train station is (the table with ‘little train’ written on it), you pass a lovely craft and clothes shop, Michaelis and Katerina’s household goods shop and then the bakery. There’s also another restaurant at the back there and, around the square, all manner of shops and cafes. You’ve got Panormitis’ paint and DIY store, a small shop for handmade tin and souvenir items, the Town Hall (not a shop, but handy to know the location) clothes shops and cafes all the way back to the bridge, Kanterimi, the Dolphin pizza and so on.

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new bakery

So, the message there is, when in Yialos, don’t just stick to the harbour front, there’s so much more going on behind it. There’s the backstreets with To Steno and Taxas which, btw, is pronounced more like Tahas, not ‘Tax-ass’ as someone said the other day. A Tax-ass is something completely different and unthinkable. (It’s like when people pronounce the name ‘Yianni’ (accusative case) as Yarny, you know, like he was made of yarn or something. It’s a short ‘a’, not a British long a, so it’s Yianni as in canny, not Yarny as in Arnie.)

You also find more restaurants in the backstreet, the church, the stationers, wine shops, hairdressers and much more. Even if you’re here for only a day (which is only there hours in the end) then it’s worth exploring behind the main seafront route to see what you’d otherwise be missing.

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Looking back towards Horio from the Nimborio path

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Nimborio

Nimborio

We’re off for another walk today, but before we set off, I wanted to show you a screenshot of what you will find when you go and check out the new Symi Dream Calendar 2019, which is now on sale here.

symi dream 2019Okay, so let’s take a morning stroll to Nimborio. I expect most regular visitors to Symi have been here before, but in case you are new to the island, here’s how you get there. You have a few choices. You can take a taxi boat from Yialos and sail around the headland (northwards), or you can simply follow the harbour road around Yialos, past the boatyard at Harani, past Nos beach and up the hill, and keep going. You can also take the little train part of the way and get off where the children have started decorating the concrete seats (cute). Then, you simply walk downhill and around the first bay to Yala, where there is a cantina and a beach, or carry on and follow the signs for ‘Taverna’ and there you will eventually come to the end of the road. There are a lot more sunbeds than there used to be and still the waterfront taverna.

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The road at the back of The town square – the well-being centre on your right

The way we walk is your other route (you can go completely the long way around, out of the village up over the hills to Roukouniotis and on, around the hills and come into Nimborio via the back way, but it’s a hike). We head to the harbour square and take the south side towards the back, following the road and up the steep but not too long hill to the church. There’s then a wonderfully rural path which, in places smells of farmyards, taking me back to my youth. Keep going to St George’s church and then down the old donkey path (restored) and onto the road, and you will come to Yala, and later to Nimborio itself. The walk from the village, via the Kali Strata and ‘over the top’, as we call it, took us less than an hour and we stopped for photos en route. The walk back around the main road – very little shade, wear a hat – took us 45 minutes from Nimborio to Yialos.

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A country walk is included

I’ll post some more of Neil’s photos from last Sunday over the next few days, but here is a reminder. I’m away Friday (8th) night and not back until hideously early on Wednesday morning. My boat gets back at 5.30, and I’ve a long climb up the hill with my rucksack, so may not get to a blog post after this Saturday until the following Friday or Saturday. Btw, if anyone is meeting the boat next Wednesday the 13th, at 5.30 in the morning and can offer a lift up to the village… wink, wink. Otherwise, I’ll take it slowly and get there in the end.

Nimborio

Nimborio

Nimborio

Towards Nimborio from the top of the donkey path

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Champagne brunch on a private jetty – can;t beat it.

Symi Dream Calendar 2019

Symi Dream Calendar 2019

Here are a few news updates for you. To start with, Neil’s Symi Dream calendar for 2019 is now ready and for sale. It is only available online so don’t ask if we can keep you a copy because we don’t have any. I have to say that because I say it every year and people still ask if they can buy it on the island. No. It’s exclusive to this link: Symi Dream Calendar 2019. It’s the same price as all previous years, though postage may vary, and it can be bought in any currency. The proceeds go towards helping us look after the bin cats in our lane in the winter. You’re able to look through an online preview when you get to that page.

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Last Friday, the Blue Star Patmos came into the south side of the harbour at the new landing stage – you may need to know this if you are planning to use it. I’m on it on Friday night going to Athens (no blog for a few days next week), so will watch in the morning to make sure I know what side it’s on. I assume it will dock on the new southside jetty from now on, but you’d better ask, rather than take my word for it.

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The next piece of info comes from the Symi International Film Festival and reads: “Symi International Film Festival news. The Earlybird deadline has passed with 137 submissions from 37 countries. Total run time so far is 55 hours, so the selection committee has a lot of work to do. The Standard Deadline is 30 June with submission fees ranging from $4.00 to $15.00 (US). and the late deadline is 15 July.”

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The next isn’t news, but just a local story. We were at Georgio’s on Friday night, having a light supper… Well, it was light until the free wine started to appear from the kitchen. I was on my way down to use the facilities out the back and reached the bottom of the steps in the back courtyard when something moved a few inches to my right. Usually, when something rustles like that, I assume snake, spider, rat, mouse, cat and not always in that order. It wasn’t any of those things, it was a little owl playing with a dustpan. I looked at him, he looked at me as if to say, ‘What’s it got to do with you, pal?’ I was politer and said, ‘Hello, what are you doing here?’ and he flew off silently. I’ve never been that close to one of them before; they’re really cute, but clearly aren’t masters of conversation.

And finally, in other non-news events, the local authority has started work on clearing the weeds from in front of the house.

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