Some Symi news; Symi in Europe, pottery in Cyprus etc.

Okay, I have a little more time today, it’s actually last Sunday and mother is heading off home later this afternoon, I won’t be back here until Monday mid-morning so thought I would also prepare a Tuesday blog in advance to save me time on what will (have been by now) a rather rushed Monday morning. [caption id="attachment_13157" align="alignleft" width="300"]the Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas,  ‘in Europe’ The Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, ‘in Europe’[/caption] I've got some interesting things to impart for you. To start with, the Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, has been ‘in Europe’ as they say on the news. He's been attending meetings concerning the refugee problems and has had meetings with the Minister of the Interior on the major issues concerning Symi (financial and otherwise). The photo here has been taken from the Facebook page of Mihalis Tsavaris the chairman of the council, and thank you for letting me use it. (As usual, as I'm not a newspaper, my ‘serious’ news comes from second hand sources so if anything is incorrect or needs further explanation, feel free to let me know.) [caption id="attachment_13158" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos 1963 graffiti in a stone - but where on Symi is it?[/caption] And now for some news I am sure about, and again via the pages of Facebook: A FB friend of mine (who I have never met so call him a ‘friend’ is very presumptuous but that’s how FB works) is an Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery specialist, a chap called Paul Blinkhorn who you may have seen on Time Team in the past. He’s soon going to be heading to Cyprus for an archaeological dig as part of this year’s ‘Operation Nightingale.’ [caption id="attachment_13159" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos It looks like this building has recently been excavated and discovered, on the terraces on the south side of Yialos. Was it a windmill or for storage?[/caption] “This tremendous project is designed to (and does) utilise both the technical and social aspects of field archaeology in the recovery and skill development of soldiers injured in the conflict in Afghanistan (” Paul writes on his blog. If you want to follow his progress you can bookmark his blog page and, when the exhibition leaves in two weeks’ time, follow his day to day progress.  He says, “My role is to be the pottery analyst for this year's field-work, the survey and excavation of a Byzantine monastery, supposedly once the resting-place of holy relics including a fragment of the True Cross.” Having recently visited the monastery of Michaelis at Roukoniotis, and seen the restoration work that’s going on there, I thought this might be of interest to Symi Dream readers, and if I get to hear of any updates from Cyprus and the dig there I can post them here. [Follow Paul’s blog by clicking here and bookmarking the page.] [caption id="attachment_13160" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Yialos last Saturday[/caption] Back here on Symi: the season is really winding down. On Saturday there were only two day-trip boats, both catamarans, so not as big a capacity as the larger ferries. The weather remains warm/cold, hot in the sun and a bit humid, but calm and stays warm unless there is a breeze, and the air is fresher. I am carrying on at the bar until the end of the month and will then stop the summer job, unless there’s an upturn in visitors (unlikely). Neil has started moving out of the shop and is taking endless trips to the bins and bringing other, wanted, items to the house. The Sunday night film club is continuing, there’s still live music on certain nights in certain places, some places, like To Spitiko in Yialos, will be open for a few week’s longer as the next big events on Symi are soon upon us: Oxi Day later this month and then the festival at Panormitis in November. [caption id="attachment_13161" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Health and Safety is for wimps![/caption] So, there’s plenty going on and plenty of news to follow on the blog which will be settling back to ‘normal’ now that I have had my holiday week. Well, as normal as it gets around here, and it’s soon going to change completely, almost. There will be a new look Symi Dream blog coming along soon, though what you see here will remain here (under /wp) as an archive. More news on that soon. Now I must get ready for a day-trip to Panormitis followed by a visit to Rhodes airport and the Lydia Hotel and a boat back tomorrow, Monday.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 No Comments
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Photos of Roukoniotis, Symi

A small collection of images taken at the monastery last week. (Click to enlarge) [caption id="attachment_13149" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Symi Greece photos In the outer courtyard[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13150" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Symi Greece photos The older chapel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13151" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Symi Greece photos Door carving[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13152" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Frescoes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13153" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Frescoes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13154" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Frescoes[/caption] Just images today, no words, but then a picture paints a thousand, so you've actually had a few thousands words' worth - Oh, you want Wordsworth? Well, I wandered lonely as a cloud...
Monday, October 20th, 2014 No Comments
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Quick catch up

We’re having a wonderful holiday week, thanks for asking. It’s been pretty full on with three meals a day most days and a few glasses of wine after work at the bar. [caption id="attachment_13144" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos At Roukoniotis with Lyndon[/caption] We took a trip out to the wine presses the other day, and called in at Megalis Sotiris before heading over to Roukoniotis and the monastery there. This is currently being renovated and work was going on as we looked around. It did mean that the nice chaps who are doing the work were able to let us see the ancient chapel underneath the newer one, and there will be some more photos of this on Monday – as I am also getting Monday’s blog post ready as I will be on my way back from Rhodes in the morning. [caption id="attachment_13145" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos View from Megalos Sotiris[/caption] We’ve also met up with an old friend from Brighton who took her holiday here on the strength of Neil’s photos, so well done you. We’ve eaten at (let me see if I can remember all the places …): Katsaras, Taverna Zoi, Mandeio, Georgio’s, the Olive Tree, the Windmill, To Spitiko, Meraklis, and have also been to the Sunrise, the Rainbow and Eva’s, and I am sure I have forgotten a few watering holes. I am writing this on Friday with the smell of big beans cooking coming through the house, and while, at the same time, making up some vegetarian thing with lentils for lunch. We may be eating out later if I can still move after all this feeding (and no jogging for a few days now either). Mother is on the terrace reading and fending off the alarm cat and I am trying to get a few admin things done and up to date before the weekend. The weekend is going to include a trip to Rhodes and the airport on Sunday. [caption id="attachment_13146" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos At Megalis Sotiris[/caption] Meanwhile: the wine night last Monday was fantastic and loads of people came down, around 75 we reckon, and so that was a nice send off. Neil’s starting to pack up the shop though it is still open and he keeps getting jobs to do, but he is now able to be more flexible with his hours. There are still some visitors here, a lot of French people all of a sudden, and the cruise ships and day boats are still coming in. The weather is warm, a bit humid at times, there have been occasional drops of light rain, but nothing major and it’s set to be fair for a while longer yet. Okay, now it’s back to those beans…
Saturday, October 18th, 2014 No Comments
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