Dear Ma. I’m in Rhodes but will phone you when I get back over the weekend. Hope you have a lovely day. Everyone is looking forward to seeing you on Symi in October.
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Personal message to mother there. Sarah has designed the cover for my next book, ‘Village View’ which is due in the shops in April. Well, in our shop and the online book stores we use. Here is a sneak preview of the full over jacket that Allan has been working up based on the original painting. We’re also hoping to have the original painting in the shop later in the year and may even be selling some limited edition prints of it this year. (Email us if you want us to keep one for you, though I am not sure of the price as yet.)
Now then, I am never sure if one is in
an island or on
an island when it comes to certain sentences, but I did a search for ‘what to do on Symi’ and one of the auto-suggestions from the thing that pedals my search engine was ‘things to do in Symi island’ which didn’t sound quite right to me, though may be perfectly correct if you are an American. Anyway, I did a search for things to do on Symi and, after filtering out our own search results (Symi Best
came in tops after Trip Advisor I am pleased to say), this is what I found:
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Things to do: take photos.[/caption]
Conde Nast Traveller
, a site/,magazine I’d not seen before, came up with a Symi guide which suggested: “Take a boat ride to any of the beaches dotting the coast. Be sure to stop at Nanoù for its breathtakingly beautiful coastline. Or take a day trip to Turkey, only 10km away.” You can only get to Turkey on a Saturday, direct from Symi, but while you are there you can find that Jacuzzi that that website was trying to sell as a reason to visit Symi. This wasn't the most comprehensive ‘What to do on Symi’ guide I've ever seen and one wonders how it got so high up in the rankings. So I moved on.
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Examine individual leaves to see what's underneath.[/caption]
came up next. This is a more useful site though it does have those dreadful pop-ups which keep appearing trying to sell you things you don’t really want. It arranges itself into All, Budget, Back Packing, Family, Romantic, Architecture and Religious travel. ‘Romantic’ advertised Manos’ website, has tips on getting here from Rhodes, someone had mentioned beaches and Panormitis, Pedi, the windmills and staying on a boat. Looks like these ideas are from site users, so you get first hand comments on what to do and expect.
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Take a healthy jog up the Kali Strata...[/caption]
was the next site I found and had lots of photos, ideas and adverts but didn’t really explain anything so I wasn't totally strapped with that one and moved on to… oh it was us again, so I moved on to:
Ah ha! Symi Visitor and their Why come to Symi?
page. This was a piece written back in 2003 by a visitor and is text only but might give you something to read. We get a bit more help from Visit Greece
a site that has info in English and photos to go with. Titled, ‘Symi, more than words can say’ the page then goes on to talk about Symi in loads of words, starting with: “While approaching the port of Symi, one has the overwhelming feeling of entering a perfectly painted image of a scenic traditional village. As a rule, people remain agape and cannot take their eyes off the spectacular sight.” Quite right, and I for one am still agape after 11 years here.
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And chill by the waterside.[/caption]
So, some ideas to check out if you have a moment and want to know what to do when you come to the island for your holiday. I still think though (and totally blowing my own trumpet, or oboe as I don’t have a trumpet) that this page is the best for Things to do on Symi