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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: into a hidden valley, the past and beyond

I am increasingly fascinated by not just going ‘off piste’ on the Greek islands, but trying to understand the faint signs of the rich cultural past, trying to tread softly and see the wildlife and the plant life.  There is … Continue reading

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Symi: the end of Spring

A wet winter and a cool spring made for an even more than usually vivid display of colour and life on Symi, the island reputed to be the hottest and driest in Greece.  In the summer months it is bleached … Continue reading

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Symi:  Wildlife safari.

The searing heat of summer on The Hot Rock has passed.  Life is beginning to emerge again from the crisp remains of the scorched landscape.  Trekking in the mountains reveals more every day as plants and animals emerge from the … Continue reading

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Symi: wildlife on a (moderately) wild walk, a micro view

Summer  seems to have settled into Symi in the last week.  Temperatures in the low twenties and rising.  Mostly clear skies.  With a gentle breeze walking in the mountains just about perfect. Walking with a friend for who, like me, … 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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