Today I thought I would upload some more photos, taken by Neil on a walk around Horio last week. Those who have been to Symi will know Horio… Well, not everyone who comes here will. I am guessing wildly and probably widely, but I reckon that only a small percent of day visitors to the island make it to Horio. Lets’ say around 2%. Why?
Well, mainly, I guess, for a couple of reasons. 1) They don’t have time, being herded from boat to umbrella to craft demonstration to lunch to coffee to boat, and off we go again. 2) They only see photos of Yialos and, although the guides probably tell them about the village, they can’t find it. That’s been helped by new signage towards the end of last year. 3) They may get lost on the way up, or see the steps and think, ‘No way!’ and turn back. 4) other reasons I’ve not thought of.
It’s a shame that more people don’t make the trip up. You can come by foot if you like a good walk (about 10 minutes at a slow pace up 370 + steps depending on route), but there’s also the hourly bus and the taxi services. Once here, many who do make it ask for directions to the church. I assume they mean either the Lemonitisa or Castro churches that you can see from the harbour and not any of the other 13 + parish churches and chapels. It’s always a dilemma. When you see a sweating, puffing tourist who has made the journey by foot (and bravo to them), should you direct them, but tell them that the church is unlikely to be open? Or do you tell them and witness the disappointment? I just show them the way, and usually point them along the road past our house because, I figure, even if they miss the church, they will at least get a rewarding view of Yialos and the hills.
Anyway, that was that and here are the photos. You can find all of these places by delving deeper into the village than just ‘the church’, but that’s an adventure for another day.