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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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Back to Monday

Back to Monday

And back to Monday… Over the weekend, a few more village businesses opened for the summer. Mariquita, the craft shop at the top of the Kali Strata (opposite Georgio’s) opened with its collection of clothes, handmade jewellery and other handicrafts. This shop is usually open late morning for a couple of hours and then the evening from about half-six onwards. Evangalia makes many of the items herself while looking after the stray cats and is always smiling and happy.

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The Olive Tree has also opened, cakes have been baked, and homemade lemon juice prepared along with all the other healthy and homemade things they provide you with. The terrace is clean and painted, and everything is ready to roll – bacon rolls included.

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Taverna Zoi has also opened. This, if you don’t know, is at the end of the main through-lane of the village, not far from the bus stop, so it’s easy to get to and from if you are in Yialos or Pedi. It has a roof terrace that looks down towards Pedi, is family run and always friendly. I recommend the chicken with cashews when it’s available.

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Down in Yialos on Friday, the harbour was very busy with passengers from just one boat (later, more came in and they were also very busy with visitors). Guided tours, lone travellers, various nationalities and lots of bare legs and arms enjoying the warmth. Saturday was a little on the windy side, but Sunday has dawned less breezy and very clear. It looks like the season is now fully up and running.

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