On one of my daily walks around Pedi bay I noticed how many tables there are by the sea. Not formal taverna and restaurant tables but informal, quirky ones, put out by people who enjoy simple pleasures. These photographs share some of them with you. The one of the breaking waves gives you an idea of what the wash looks like when the Blue Star 2 ploughs past the entrance to Pedi on a calm day and there’s no wind to break up the wake.
Time moves in strange ways on Symi, possibly because we don’t work 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, with weekends to mark off the passage of time. In the summer months most of us work 7 days a week and often evenings too, depending on what we are doing, and the weeks flash past. There is plenty of time for days off in the winter, when the tourists have gone home and there is no work to be found.
The worst of the heat is probably behind us, as July draws to a close. The humidity is rising as the evenings grow longer and pockets of sea mist linger in the early mornings. Temperatures are around 38 degrees centigrade at midday and around 28 degrees at midnight.
Symi found itself rocking to Sunday visits from a crowdfunded yacht flotilla company called the Bucketlust. As they held a weekly fancy dress party at the Harani Club in Yialos the locals were agog to see what the young crowd were – or were not – wearing as costumes. Whether this will bring a new generation of Symi fans remains to be seen.
An alternative kind of aquatic Symi holiday is offered by Strel Swimming Adventures . They specialise in swimming long distances in beautiful locations and have recently added Symi to their portfolio, with the Pedi Beach Hotel as their base.
The Rodos Cup Regatta passed through Symi last week, bringing 537 sailors from 13 countries to Symi. We were also visited by the highly distinctive super sailing yacht, Maltese Falcon,pictured below.
A fabulous new portfolio of rental properties, Select Symi, has now been launched, featuring some seriously high end properties. If you want a waterfront villa with 5 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a jacuzzi, this is the place to look. Drool here!
The Symi Festival 2019 has been launched. The program is available on Facebook and there are also random posters around the town, advertising events. This is all in addition to the usual name days, weddings and baptisms that fill the July calendar.
The first fortnight of August are traditionally the busiest weeks of the year in the Mediterranean countries and Symi is no exception. Athens is emptying out and the islands are filling up.