Symi Dream

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.

Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Bar Gossip

Bar Gossip

Well, it’s not really gossip, but… After a rather brilliant late lunch at home yesterday, cooked by Neil and shared with a guest, we were invited to the Rainbow Bar for a drink to help Yianni celebrate the birth of his sixth grandchild, his fifth granddaughter, born to his son Dimitris and his wife a day or so ago. As you can see, there were silly shenanigans going on, but there were also flowers, wine and congratulations all round. And talking of all round, you will notice that the tables have had their corners circled, rather than squared, and, to my mind, are now much more stable.

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Stable tables aside, the Panormitis festival is about to get underway. We were on the balcony earlier as the Blue Star came in at around 5.45, disembarking a stream of cars. Presumably, people coming from Athens and the islands to attend the festival which starts proper tomorrow. I’m not sure what the weather holds in store, but we were sitting outside the bar last night, the thunderstorm of the other morning has washed everything clean, it’s still warm enough to have the balcony doors open for the morning at least, and a very pleasant time to be on the island. And a slightly bonkers one too:

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