First: Thank you for the news reviews of The Judas Inheritance at Amazon
. Apparently you can only add a review there if you have bought the book from Amazon, so if you bought it elsewhere (Lulu.com or our shop) then you won’t be able to write an Amazon review. But you could still put one on your blog, or anywhere else, or Facebook if you use it, Twitter and so on, or simply email me (thank you Colette) so I can keep those for future quoting.
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Early morning swim[/caption]
“I thought the Judas Inheritance was brilliant and I read the last few chapters during a very loud thunder and lightning storm at 4 am!!!! Scary.”
There you go, that’s a recently emailed quote. And thank you Tracy (and everyone else) for the ones at Amazon. But enough about me, let’s talk about something else. Like… Er, what’s going on in Symi these days and how is the season? It’s quiet. Especially up in the village. There, that's that covered.
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As idle as a painted ship...[/caption]
Nikos from the new spices shop, Lemoni, has taken around a petition calling for the council to put up more signage directing folk up to Horio. This was one of our pre-election issues and it was discussed, and has been for a while. It’s a walk up 300 or so steps and some people manage it, and more would if they could find the start of the steps more easily. Or if they knew that there was a bus; you can get a bus up and then walk down the steps; that won't hurt you.
Here’s what you do if you are on a day trip from Rhodes to Symi. You get off the boat and leave the herd to fend for itself. You find the busses and taxis on the left side of the harbour as you come in, opposite the clock tower, and that’s the side where the Kali Strata also starts. The bus leaves on the hour and goes up the hill and then stops (sometimes) by the windmills. It then goes down the other side and turns right, winds around a bit and stops by a kiosk. Ask the driver for Horio and he will tell you when you are there. Taxis will also stop there if you ask them to take you to Kampos.
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Upon a painted ocean.[/caption]
Off the bus, walk up the slope towards the café with the terrace, at the T junction turn left for the lanes and upper Horio and (currently closed but now has new windows in) museum, or turn right for the main street with its shops and cafes. Walk along there and you will arrive at the top of the Kali Strata where you can, when ready, walk back down. While up in the village you will have time to see the old lanes and ruins, and catch some views, see the outside of the churches you can see from below, have a drink or lunch and meet some lovely people too.
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Find these, turn left at this sign, and then head up.[/caption]
There, not hard is it? If you want to walk up, simply head to the corner of the harbour, the left hand corner as you come in, and look for the blue steps. Or ask anyone where the Kali Strata starts and then be prepared for the exhilarating climb! You can also head up the slope where the big ferry comes in (the Symi) on the same side as the bus and taxis, and then turn off after the first two corners and head up the steps that way. Easy! And a walk down from the top of the steps to the clock tower side of Yialos will take approximately 20 minutes, so leave enough time to get back, it’s only about ten minutes if you dock on the south side of the harbour.
And all that has nothing to do with today’s photos which we took when swimming at Pedi at 06.00 yesterday morning.