My SymiChristosDown to Nimborio 23/11/2008, 02:51

All Finished! 22 November 2008
It's been 10 days since I last went to check how the reconstruction of the old path down to Nimborio was progressing. I reached the church of Agios Georgios Drakountas via the recently completed path that starts at Elikoni cemetry at the top of Mavrovouni (which is already starting to age quite nicely). This path used to end at the entrance of the church, but not any more! It now carries straight onto the "new path"!
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I stepped onto the new path and with Barbie ahead, I zigzagged my way down. The little bit of rain we had last night had cleaned some of the red earth that was scattered over the path and when the sun was peaking out from the clouds to shine on it, it looked very impressive. Walk down with me...
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As I was reaching the last bend, I noticed that the path was now turning the corner going towards the road. It goes on and on and on until the very end! In fact, the workers were laying the final few stones as I was approaching and they were happy for me to photograph the end of the new path in front of the house that sits in the corner.

It's all finished... all done in less than a month. I've never seen anything like this before and I've run out of adjectives to express how this looks and feels. Symi is changing and a new Symi is emerging...
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Almost at the Top 11 November 2008
I walked from Harani to Nimborio late this afternoon and came back up the donkey path on my way home. After the Panormitis Day celebrations, the work on the path has continued and has rounded both the main corners and is on the final approach up to the monastery. It'll reach there this week. The red earth that is scattered over the path is working its way into the cracks and it will be interesting to see how things look after the first hard rains of the winter have washed things clean.

Now, there's really just the lowest part of the path to finish, taking it down to the road. I reckon all will be done within a fortnight.
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Amazing Progress 6 November 2008
I hurried out in the failing light today to see how much had been achieved in two days. I was amazed! The path is just a couple of metres short of the main bend in the path already. The way has been cleared ready for it to progress all the way up to the monastery. Will it be up there by the end of next week, I wonder.
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Good Progress 4 November 2008
It may be the beginning of November, but summer is very much the theme here in Symiland and going for a swim is always the best thing to do at midday! Walking down to our favourite beach, we saw the progress of the Nimborio path restoration work which is being completed in an amazingy fast pace! If the weather holds, the whole path may well be there by Christmas!
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Down to Nimborio 3 November 2008
At about 5:30 this afternoon, after a tip-off from Debby, Will and I walked the road to Agios Georgios Drakountas, the imposing church perched high above Nimborio Bay. Work on paving this road began after the tourist season ended last year, and continued through the winter and spring and finished in the early summer. From the church courtyard, we could see for ourselves what Debby had told us; the work has begun again now that another summer season is over, but this time it's directed at the Nimborio side of the church. We walked the old donkey path down to the beach just over a week ago and it looked then as it has for many years, a ruin suffering from decades of decay and neglect. Today, however, it was undergoing a transformation. It's being restored all the way down to the road!
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The path follows its original route and the restoration is to a very high standard using stones from the old path and surrounding area. A path that many walkers have found too difficult will now be much more accessible, and more people will be able to enjoy one of the best walks on Symi.

The restoration of the path was included in the Mayor's manifesto 2 years ago, and I'm very pleased it wasn't forgotten as a pre-election promise. After the announcement a week ago that the surfacing and widening of the coastal road to Nimborio will be completed by Easter, this pleasant village should become a must for every Symi visitor!

I will be updating this blog with news and photos as the restoration work continues.

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(10) Comments

  1. Will said on 03/11/2008, 00:48

    Now I can get to my favourite swim-site in Symi without twisting my ankle. Barbie, the third member of our walking team, seemed to approve as well...she christened the path in her usual style.



  2. SamanthaF said on 03/11/2008, 01:00

    Ah, here is my Barbie update!

    I'm so glad that stuff outside of Chorio and Yialos is being covered by SG.



  3. Oor Willie said on 03/11/2008, 01:21

    Great news I may get Heather to take the quick route to Nimborio now as she point blank refused to use the old path ever again



  4. brightfuture said on 03/11/2008, 02:21

    Excellent! It will be wonderful to have this path restored. I love this walk, but will enjoy it more when the going is a bit firmer. Look forward to the next update.
    Patricia



  5. Kieran said on 03/11/2008, 09:56

    I've completed the trip a couple of times this year with Caolinn on my back and was certainly a bit apprehensive about doing it again, so this is good news. I think it's good news that the 'real' road is being surfaced too - I jsut dont' hope it causes any traffic problems in what is one of the most serene parts of the island. However, I woiuld like to see the bus' remit extended to Nimborio.



  6. Simon said on 03/11/2008, 21:31

    Excellent news, that path was a death trap, constantly watching where you step and risking your life spoils the walk!



  7. brightfuture said on 11/11/2008, 19:58

    Good to see the progress. Thanks. Haven't the crew done well in a short time?
    Patricia



  8. Will said on 11/11/2008, 20:26

    It's been amazing, Patricia. This has taken less than 10 working days so far...they lay 15-20 metres a day and it's hard work. Some workers clear the path with pick-axes, others gather the rocks, others go up and down from the monastery with wheelbarrows of mortar. For the final part, we reckon they may be mixing the mortar down at the Nimborio road and carting it uphill...that'll be back-breaking.



  9. Will said on 23/11/2008, 03:05

    Finished so quickly...and it looks lovely. I'm looking forward to testing it out when I'm soon back on Symi!



  10. brightfuture said on 23/11/2008, 15:54

    Looks great! I'll be trying it out too, when next on Symi.
    Patricia



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