Preparing to Sail to Symi
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1d ago
Following on from yesterday’s chat about preparing to visit Symi later in the year and what hotels in Rhodes we’ve used, here’s some information about the ferries from Rhodes to Symi in the summer. There isn’t any. Not right now. That’s because the ferry companies don’t release their schedules until nearer the time. The Easter schedules need to go up first, then you may have the complete summer ones from one or two of the companies, and possibly a schedule right through to October, but that may not be online yet, and you may not see it until April. The only thing you can go by is what they are ..read more
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Preparing for Summer – in February?
Symi Dream
by James Collins
3d ago
I’m not talking about Symi businesses, though I expect many have already turned their minds to the summer season. I am talking about people asking for advice because they are heading this way later in the year. Recently, I’ve seen questions about where to stay, how to get here, what to expect, where’s good to eat, and other pre-visit questions asked, I’m guessing, out of a mixture of excitement and wanting to plan the best use of time. Some visitors are only coming for a couple of days, others for longer, some only for a day trip. It’s all very understandable, and good to see, and such questio ..read more
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First Time in my Life #1
Symi Dream
by James Collins
5d ago
Yesterday’s post was titled ‘Quiet Day Ahead (?)’, one of my random, ‘What shall I put as a title today?’ titles, yet, the question mark was portentous, as was my last line: We could be in for a week of not much news. Not that this is much news, but it was the first time ever I have done this… Neil was at the gym, I’d just finished work and thought I’d pop out for some pastry because we fancied a pie, and if I make pastry it comes out like a flagstone floor. I shut the bedroom window and left the house. My usual routine is to collect the keys from the back of the gate on my way, but as I opene ..read more
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Quiet Week Ahead (?)
Symi Dream
by James Collins
6d ago
Back to the desk after what feels like a weekend off. Saturday morning was spent preparing for Saturday afternoon: Transforming the sitting room into a dining room, hanging the floating candles, moving furniture, while, at the same time, making bread and putting together a prawn cocktail. The godboys came to assist, one cooking, the other rehearsing his piece and his song, and we four had time to sit in the sun in the courtyard before mother arrived for her birthday day. A great meal, entertainment from the piano pupil, then a slob out on the sofa watching Hamilton (the musical), an action fil ..read more
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Food and Wine
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1w ago
Let’s stay in Rhodes a while longer. As we were there all day, we had to find somewhere for lunch, and out of season, that’s not as easy as it might sound, because many of the restaurants in the new and old town close for the winter. There are still places to go, though, including Pan and Vino, which is where we ended up. If you like vague directions, this restaurant is situated near the taxi rank that’s not far from M&S, when you turn right at the top of MacDonald’s Street. (Not its real name, and MacDonald’s is currently closed, either for a refurb or for good. Good.) It’s opposite wher ..read more
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Sunday
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1w ago
I’m writing this on Sunday so I can have a clear run at chapter 26 on Monday morning, assuming we’ve not been blasted away by a storm that’s meant to be coming this way. The Patmos ferry schedule has been changed, and the Spanos isn’t running at all. Right now (Sunday morning) the weather’s cloudy but calm, but it’s not looking so good for later. That’s one thing, and it hasn’t happened yet, so what has been going on since last Thursday? Well, things have been going with a bang… This was last week when the works on the new plant on ‘council corner’ were well underway. We went to Rhodes on Fr ..read more
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Written in Stone
Symi Dream
by James Collins
2w ago
I once read a book by Paulo Coelho in which one character told another to always walk looking at the horizon, not at your feet. I expect there was some spiritual message behind that, or a good reason, and I tried it to see if it changed my outlook on life. It made me change my attitude towards people with dogs, and councils who didn’t fix their paving slabs. However, standing there scraping my shoes against a broken paving stone to get the dogdo off, I did have the chance to look up and admire what I could see of the horizon. Since then, I’ve always told people to stop now and then and look up ..read more
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Photos
Symi Dream
by James Collins
2w ago
Just a few photos today as I don’t have any news to tell you, not unless you want to read that I have put an undercoat on the bathroom window ahead of painting it later today. That’s about as exciting as it got around our house yesterday, so here are a few shots of Yialos instead. If you’ve eaten at the Trata (Trawler) you might like to see what it looks like in winter. If you’ve ever walked on the road, you might have wondered if it will ever be repaired decently. And, if you have ever walked around the backstreets and alleyways, have you ever looked up to see what you are missing above? T ..read more
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Busy Day
Symi Dream
by James Collins
2w ago
This is timely. Yesterday, I popped down to the harbour for a dentist appointment. A pleasant walk down the Kali Strata in the sunshine (it was warmer outside than it was in the house), taking some photos which I’ll share over the next few days, and off to the courier. Not to collect new teeth or anything, but to collect this new keyboard I am mistyping on. It will take me a while to get used to it, but at least I can see the letters. Anyway, off to the dentist for a clean. Last week was for a filling. Everything is back to normal now. Then, this morning, I read in the paper about a new NHS d ..read more
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Walls, Weather and Clicks
Symi Dream
by James Collins
2w ago
We now have a transformed outside wall. I know. About as interesting as watching paint dry, which is kind of what this is. The bathroom, which is accessed from inside the house, is an extension into the courtyard, and for the last few years, the paint has been flaking off. The concrete was cracked, and the wall needed skimming and all those kinds of things beyond my ken, so we called in an expert. He worked on the two walls for two mornings and hey presto! Everything is gleaming white, sealed and safe again. During the overnight pause, when the old was off and the new was waiting to go on, Ne ..read more
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