About

I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi’s simple pleasures for themselves.

From 2000 until 2008 I wrote for the now defunct Symi Visitor newspaper, covering a wide range of topics relating to life on the island including food, nature and architecture.  I now also write professionally for various websites and social media on a broad range of subjects.

3 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Adriana

    I am a friend of Guilliettas in Riebeek East and probably the reason her and James and the kids ended up moving here.

    I am contemplating a holiday to Greece but would need to do it on a budget and looking for somewhere not too touristy.
    I was wondering if you could please assist with some advice regarding visiting Greece.

    Some if the things i was wondering was:
    When is best, most cost effective time to visit
    Are there places to stay in Symi which are budget but still nice, doesnt need to be luxury as we are very relaxed. Approximately what would we budget for things like accomodation for 2 to 3 people, meals per day self catering and average restaurant meals, ferry from Rhodes. How much would you think is needed per day per person.
    If we were coming for 2 or 3 weeks would Rhodes and Symi be good options. How easy is it to get to Kefalonia from Rhodes/Symi.
    Are backpackers available and if so would you recommend them.
    Any other advice or information on holidaying in Greece would really be greatly appreciated.
    Keep well
    Kind regards
    Cary

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