A short walk for me yesterday, just out on the mountainside and back again. While wandering that way, I spied Neil and Clare on their way over the top. They were heading to Kokimithes, which is, I believe, the second-highest monastery on the island. Please correct me if I am wrong. You can also walk to it via the road, but you know Neil: always likes to go over the top.
You can’t really make them out on that zoomed-in photo, but they were both wearing red, which is very sensible when going off-piste, and they were quite high up. A path leads from just over the Ag Marina bridge, around terracing and up the hillside to the ridge. Along it, you suddenly come across a set of steps like you find in the village, and you have to wonder how old they are. It’s only a short stretch of steps, after and before that, it’s across the boulder fields and scrub, though parts are worn away so you can follow the track. You’ve also got the red dots kindly provided by Frances and her Symi walking book, still there after so many years. I’m not sure if they are updated and redone now and then, but they have weathered well in the main.
For me, it was a pleasant stroll along the side of the hill while I dreamt up my next chapter. I was greeted by Araby, the sheepdog on my way back, his owners, and their puppy, who bounced and barked all over me in a good-natured way. I think I heard him/her called ‘Poppy’, but I can’t be sure; it might have been something else. Still, a nice welcome on the hillside, as they say, before trudging home again to put the washing on, sort the laundry and write a book.