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



Good morning! Just a few photos today. You can see that the sky over Symi yesterday was a little cloudy, but as yet – 6.00 Friday – there’s no sign of the storm that everyone has been talking about, but it’s still too dark to see the sky properly. Maybe it’ll blow in later.

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This road sign is a bit shy and likes to stay out of the limelight.

This road sign is a bit shy and likes to stay out of the limelight.

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Folklore Museum

Folklore Museum

I was back out on the road again yesterday for a quick walk up to the monastery overlooking the Pedi valley. From the village square to the main road, up the zigzags and to the turnoff at Ag. Marina, then out along the concrete road, uphill all the way. Back along the same route, except cutting off at Lavinia and walking down through the village rather than by the road. My phone app tells me that was 3.5 miles. The photos tell us that it was warm and sunny, the wind had dropped, and it was a very pleasant afternoon.

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I passed by the folklore museum on the way down and took a photo of its opening hours. Apparently, not all of it is open due to lack of staff but what is viewable (the upper part, sadly not the Scala) is free to view. Do go along. I was there two years ago as work was still going on and the curator was about to close the doors for a private tour. We were invited along too, so four of us were given a tour of the whole site, including the rooms that were still being renovated and the Scala (the mansion house), gardens and courtyard. Stunning – or it will be when it’s all finished, if it isn’t already, and when we can get to see everything.

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Winding down?

I was out and about for a short wander yesterday and took a few photos, some of which are here today. Waking up this morning, I was surprised to see the cruise ship already in the harbour, it doesn’t usually come in until later. The air is definitely cooler, there’s something of a breeze, and bad weather is forecast for a couple of days’ time. Some forecasts still say Monday, others say Thursday or Friday, but unless the storm front blows itself out, something is definitely heading this way soon. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as some reports are suggesting, but either way, it looks like it will only be around for a couple of days.

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Meanwhile, it was bustling in the village square last night. At one point every table was occupied at both bars. We know quite a few people who are leaving today, and many were out enjoying their last holiday night on Symi before heading home. I’m starting to get that end of season feeling already, and there are still several weeks to go before what I call the real end of the season, the last Wednesday of October.

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But that’s for the future. Here’s a photo I promised to share with a couple of our Symi Dreamers…

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