September Postcards from Symi

Agios Nikolaos
The Agios Nikolaos languishing alongside the new jetty in Pedi.  Once the pride and joy of George Kalodoukas and the venue for many a Laskarina welcome meeting, since George’s untimely death two years ago she has been lying forlorn in Pedi.  
Asymi residences St George
St George’s church, Pedi, as seen from ASymi Residences, the discreet and elegant new boutique hotel behind Apostoli’s boatyard and taverna.
Asymi residences
The exterior of the hotel.
bees in the tamarisks
The tamarisk trees are absolutely humming with bees at the moment. They love the sweet-scented blossom. There are a lot of hives on the hillsides above Pedi and in the terraces.
dolce vita
Dolce Vita was a people-trafficking boat impounded back in 2015 and still lying on the jetty in Pedi. The story is that the owners thought that they had got away with hoodwinking the coastguard but they made the mistake of bragging loudly about their exploits in a taverna.  The owners were arrested and the boat impounded.  
Early morning bathers
Early morning bathers in Pedi.
fish baskets
Fish baskets.  
Gone swimming
People staying at the Pedi Beach leave their flip flops on the side of the road when they go swimming.
Pedi beach 1
The anchorages in Pedi have been very full recently.  A few days of stormy weather, gusty winds and big swells have driven sailors to look for safe havens and coffee shops.
Pedi cats
A comfortable nest for some Symi cats.
smartcapture
Forget about popping down to the garden centre.  In Greece the plants and terracotta pots come to you on the back of gypsy trucks.
pomegranates
A bumper crop of pomegranates at the bottom of the steps leading to Villa Jasmine.
Shady sheep
Sheep enjoying a patch of shade in the shelter of an old dry stone wall.
Useful tree
A useful tree provides undercover parking for a bicycle and a baby buggy, a useful place to dry out the water toys, a handy branch for the family budgie and a shady table for baiting hooks.  In a place with a negligible crime rate a tree is as good as a garage.

Some Symi snapshots for you to enjoy.

The photograph at the top of the page shows fragments of heart-shaped confetti on the sand the morning after a big wedding at the Pedi Beach Hotel recently.  A few hours later it was all gone, washed away by the wake of passing water taxis and ferry boats.

 

Author: adrianashum1960

Writer, foodie and self-sufficiency enthusiast.

5 thoughts on “September Postcards from Symi”

    1. No, you are thinking of Giorgio Voyatzis. Giorgio is also deceased but his taverna is still there and is as popular as ever. George Kalodoukas was one of the founding fathers of tourism in Symi and his business was Kalodoukas Holidays, which also still exists as a business. Kalodoukas was the agent for the well-known Laskarina Holidays.

  1. I hadn’t realised George had died. Sad news. We spent many a happy hour on the Agios Nikolaos 23 years when we visited Symi with Laskarina. I knew the boat was languishing in Pedi and I’m so pleased that it has been restored. Is it being used for trips or is it privately owned.

    1. As far as I know it is still in the Kalodoukas family. The boat had not been used for excursions for many years and was in the process of a refit at the time of George’s death. If you Google Adriana’s Symi George Kalodoukas you should be able to see the obituary I put up on my old blog on the old Symi Visitor website.

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