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Symi: it’s good to be back

I didn’t manage to get the issues sorted out which prevented me coming back to Symi in April as planned but I bit the bullet, cut the Gordion knot, took the bull by the horns, and came back on 3 … Continue reading

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Symi: high points

Having been identified as the Third Man and knowing he was pursued by Joseph Cotton, Orson Wells took to the labyrinthine sewers with a multiplicity of escape options and made the most memorable Sewer Speech ever.  Unfortunately most Hollywood villains … Continue reading

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Symi: a trek to the ridge at the end of Europe

One of my favourite easier walks on Symi is to Nimborio, the original harbour on the island,  and then along the narrow shingly/pebbly beach and a steep zigzag climb up the razor-sharp limestone crags at the far side to the … Continue reading

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Greece: Kos I was there.

The plane landed at Kos airport just after 06.00.   Rapidly through baggage reclaim and out into the fresh morning air after having been cooped up in airports and planes since 19.30 the previous evening.  I declined to wait an hour … Continue reading

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Symi: a jaunt down a mini-gorge

The pattern of my days on Symi is different to previous years.  I spend the morning doing chores around the house and writing.  By midday I have had enough of both and need to get out into the mountains and/or … Continue reading

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Symi:  to the castle … with a lot of distractions

When we first came to Symi 15 years ago the castle didn’t exist.  At least it wasn’t shown on the only available, very diagrammatic, walking map of the island nor mentioned in the imaginatively titled accompanying booklet ‘Walks in Symi’.  … Continue reading

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Symi: the month of the thyme

One of the things we have always loved about trekking around the mountains on Symi, is the smell of herbs.  Whole mountainsides are swathed in sage, oregano or thyme.  Rarely all three together except in small patches, usually one is … Continue reading

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Symi: a last look back to Spring

Time to confess.  Though I have continued to write the blog posts about walks on Symi, for the last couple of weeks I have been back in Grey Britain. I returned for grandchildren’s birthdays, have been catching up with family … Continue reading

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Symi: habitats and wildlife

I’m continuing to trek around the infrequently trodden parts of Symi and continuing to be surprised by the variety of colourful plant life.  It’s not in great swathes like on other islands I have visited in Spring but the number … Continue reading

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Nisyros: wildlife, meet the residents

In comparison with dry ‘hot rocks’ like Symi, the rich volcanic soils of Nisyros support very varied vegetation which in turn supports many species of fauna.  The vegetation is largely crisped up by this time of year and so there … Continue reading

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