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Living on a Greek island

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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Around the island

Around the island

Again, a quick paragraph and some photos. Today (Monday) we’re off on the around the island boat trip, assuming when we get down there it’s not already packed (it’s a popular trip) as we’ve not bought tickets yet. That’s going to take us from 10.30 to 17.30, includes BBQ lunch, drinks and stops for swimming, cost €40.00 each, I believe. It’s a trip well worth taking when you are here. You get to see some parts of the island you don’t normally see and usually end up meeting lots of new people. There are also the Diagoras and the new Maria boats to take day trips on; check out the travel agencies when you are here.

So, some more shots from over the weekend and the day at Nimborio. How to find the mosaic:

Heading to the mosaic at Nimborio. 1. Walk along the beach at the far end of the bay...

Heading to the mosaic at Nimborio. 1. Walk along the beach at the far end of the bay… (This shot is looking back at the way you just came.)

2. Turn up the old riverbed - not easy underfoot so take care

2. Turn up the old riverbed – not easy underfoot so take care. Stone steps are middle left, after the ruin.

3. Turn left at the steps to the church (blue and red dots on wall) and follow that path a little way and you'll be here.

3. Turn left at the steps to the church (blue and red dots on wall) and follow that path a little way and you’ll be here.

4. Looking back at the view from the church gate.

4. Looking back at the view from the church gate.

5. Enter the church gate/doorway and you will see a tin shed on your right. What's left of the Roman mosaic is under that; parts are gone, the rest needs restoration, but...

5. Enter the church gate/doorway and you will see a tin shed on your right. What’s left of the Roman mosaic is under that; parts are gone, the rest needs restoration, but…

6. Behind the church (three chapels actually) is a courtyard you can rest in and find shade.

6. Behind the church (three chapels actually) is a courtyard you can rest in and find shade.

That was the weekend that was

That was the weekend that was

That was indeed the weekend that was. A day out at Nimborio on Friday complete with a trip to the Roman mosaic, a walk along the beach, lunch at the taverna, a taxi boat, and an evening drinks party. Saturday was Neil’s birthday: balloons and glitter all over the house, gifts, family brunch, a meal at Meraklis with friends and family, drinks at the Rainbow… And now it’s Sunday morning, and there’s still glitter and balloons everywhere, lots of tidying up to do and plenty of food in the house, mother going shopping in Yialos, the nephews still in bed, so a quick set of images for today’s post and then I am off to tidy up.

This week I will more than likely be away on Wednesday/Thursday but will put up posts when I can. Next week will be back to the usual routine.

Taxi boat to Nimborio and back, 7.00 euros

Taxi boat to Nimborio and back, 7.00 euros (currently at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00, back at 16:00, 17:00 and 18:00)

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View from the taverna

View from the taverna

Extra guest for lunch

Extra guest for lunch

That's the way to spend a day

That’s the way to spend a day

Thursday

Thursday

Another quick blog today, mainly photos and they will have to do you for the weekend too. I’ll try and get back to you on Monday. Meanwhile… Yesterday we took the bus to Yialos as there were birthday presents to buy and shops to look at. The day involved lunch at Trata taverna, and then some time in the square in Horio and a drinks party at Taxiarchis, so it’s a varied collection of holiday snaps today. Have a good weekend!

The cruise ship coming in, early morning

The cruise ship coming in, early morning

On the bus

On the bus

Cruise ship in the harbour

Cruise ship in the harbour

View from Pacho's

View from Pacho’s

Stuffed mushrooms at Trata

Stuffed mushrooms at Trata

Lunch table

Lunch table

Horio from the windmill road

Horio from the windmill road

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Friends in the square

Friends in the square

Taxiarchis view

Taxiarchis view