Rhodes to Symi day trip? Visit Horio, old Symi; here’s how:

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. [caption id="attachment_12649" align="alignleft" width="225"]Symi Greece photos 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. [caption id="attachment_12650" align="alignright" width="225"]Symi Greece photos 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. [caption id="attachment_12651" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos 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. [caption id="attachment_12652" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos 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.
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 No Comments
Categorized Under: Chorio, Day to day

In touch with dance, Symi 2014

There is a small gallery below showing some of the image from Neil that were taken in rehearsal and at the preference of the ‘In touch with Dance’ show on 16th July. There is also the CD cover as this was a commission for the ladies who organised the event and each such commission comes with a CD of ‘negative’s’, without watermarks, so that customers can print their own copies as they want. [caption id="attachment_12644" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Cover In touch with dance 16th July 2014 CD cover, In touch with dance 16th July 2014[/caption] In other news: I have heard that there is a classical guitar recital this coming Saturday at St Evangalismos, starting at 20:30. [caption id="attachment_12645" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Nigel (or Rigel)[/caption] And in more personal news, my new underwater camera arrived and was delivered to the shop by the courier (a first) so bravo ACS – which is now in a new place, well it has been for a while, but it’s behind the butcher down in Yialos, near Antoniadis’ hardware shop, if you didn’t already know. I've used the camera out of water on our early morning walk on Tuesday. This was the first 5.30 start for a few days due to various things, so a bit of a shock to be getting up before daybreak, but necessary as the sun was already beating down by the time got home. I found this little critter in the middle of the road so Neil moved him off into the grass at the side before someone came and splatted him. I thin he said his name was Nigel, through it could have been Rigel, which is a slightly more unusual name for a stick insect. (Or is he a Praying Mantis, or both?) Anyway, enough silliness. Here is the gallery of shots from the dance show and remember you can always find more Symi photos on our Photos page here. [Gallery=215]
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 No Comments
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A quick guide to not overheating

First: Here’s one of Neil’s photos that shows the kind of thing you can do when you ‘see Symi from a different angle’ as you do when you go on one of his photo walks. [caption id="attachment_12638" align="alignleft" width="235"]Neil gosling photography See things from a different angle[/caption] Photo walks are Wednesday morning, 09.15 from the shop and around the upper village, and also on Sunday (though check because sometimes they are Saturday at the moment because of other work) and also 09.15 from the shop, though on Sunday it’s down through the Pedi valley and to the sea. Both: bring water, a hat and sensible shoes for walking. It’s not arduous but some of the terrain is not 100% flat. You can book in advance by emailing Neil – the address and phone number are over there on the right >> [caption id="attachment_12639" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Inside a ruin[/caption] Someone was asking me yesterday how hot it was as they’d seen a weather report showing the temperature in the high 20s. I reckoned it was warmer than that. Often we get weather reports and forecasts based on Rhodes and the nearest weather station there, which I was told was at the airport, by the sea, but I am not sure about that. So, the only way to know is to put the alarm clock outside (next to where the Alarm Cat is sleeping in the shade) and leave it for a few minutes. It has a thermometer on it. It was showing 30 degrees inside the house and 35 outside in the shade at 12.15 yesterday, and that’s in a slight breeze. [caption id="attachment_12640" align="alignleft" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Night on a boat[/caption] So, not unbearably hot, not yet, not like that first summer we were working here and on the north side of the harbour the shell shop registered a temperature of 50 degrees, in the shade; that was a hot summer for sure. But it’s warm enough for boating and swimming and walking in the early morning and evening, though clambering up the Kali Strata at midday, as I did the other day, leaves one dripping somewhat. Remember: lots of water, and not very cold water either as that doesn’t help rehydrate, juice and soft drinks are ok (but can be sugary) but water is best, beer doesn’t count nor do coffee and tea, take ‘Almora’ or similar rehydration sachets (you can get them from the pharmacies here) if you start to feel dehydrated, stay in the shade, don’t get sunburned and remember your sun block. That's’ my quick guide to not overheating, for what it is worth.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 No Comments
Categorized Under: Day to day

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