Most places were closed but we did find a great taverna called 'To Meghiston' .We had a lovely meal there and were looked after really well by this very chatty Greek/Australian guy who'd been working on Rodos for the past 2 months,he'd managed to find a room in a small hotel for 300 Euros a month !
In the morning the hotel laid on a huge breakfast display.As my stomach was still on English time i went for the slippery fried eggs and oily bacon option,which was very nice i may add.A quick dash down to Mandraki harbour and onto the 8.30 Dodekenis Express.
For the first 20 mins or so the sea was a bit choppy and i wondered if the slippery egg breakfast was the best option. . . .
Here we come
Dont jump . .
Checked into the Nireus,quick change then out and up the Kali Strata,here's some pics from our walk
From dark to light
Take a long look down !
beautiful ay ?
recognise the tree anyone ?
Time for a walk down to Pedi
Had a walk down to Pedi stopping off at a new bar,so new it didn't have a name yet,had a quick Ouzo then off down the hill.Luckily ther e was a taverna open so we stopped there for a couple of huge succulent pork steaks and a nice cold beer,looked out the window to see these little mites
Boats in Pedi Bay
Gazing out to sea
It was a bit more trying going back up but we needed a calorie burning stride.Arrived back in the harbour late afternoon and headed straight for the Kantirimi Bar which was lovely and warm.Had a chat with Gap,probably the friendliest barman on Symi.Wondered if anyone has bought him a 'Mind The Gap' t.shirt back from London.But then thought he's probably got about 200 of them piled on top of his wardrobe in all shapes and sizes !
Headed out for New Years Eve dinner and it looked like 'Aris' was the only taverna open.So there we went.There was a party of 8 on one table, a couple on another one and us.Got shown to a nice table with a heater directly above .Top spot.We had a huge plate of mixed mezethes washed down with a jug and a half of draught retsina.
Fed a few latecomers
When midnight came everyone was up,lots of singing and dancing going on.We joined in with everyone,kissing on both cheeks and wishing each other 'kalee chronia'. Free drinks and cake on the house to finish with,then the thankfully short zigzag back to the Nireus.
New Years morning feeling not so bright and definately not breezy took a hike to Nimborio via Kantirimi(without stopping) up the hill toward the cemetery and church.Popped into the church to light a candle and give thanks that my hangover is not any worse than what it is.Saw a beautiful bird of prey on the way, huge thing with brown wings with white tips.Couldn't get a shot of it unfortunately.Here's some pics of our walk . .
And it has to get dark sometime
Decided to take the other way up to Chorio today
We went on a lovely walk across hillsides heading for Toli
And then we came to a road
Thought i'd try me luck, didn't see one car !
Never far from a beautiful view
These boots are made for walkin,that's what they're gonna do !
Some views along the way
Another pic from another day
So is this
While driving one day we came across a few goats
And a few more goats
HEEEEEELP GOATS !!!!
Happened upon these little cuties after that
And then a horny ol' goat . . .
Hired a toy car !
Pedalled the little car all the way to Panormitis today to spend some time at the monastery.
Had a lovely peaceful time.
It's full title is The Greek Orthadox Monastery of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis,who is the Patron Saint of Symi and protector of sailors,an archangel.
The building itself is 18thCentury Venetion style and has the highest Baroque bell tower in the world so i've read.
The courtyard inside is paved in a geometric design out of black and white flat stones,i think it's called 'Hokhlakia 'or something similar.
And if you like pies it has an amazing old bakery hidden amongst it all.
And if you like candles over a metre long !
Drove down to the lovely Church of Saint Propikios and took this pic of one of the beautiful wall paintings that cover the whole of the interior.
Back in Yialos having a peek into someones back yard, soon be time for a sweep up !
Walked up to the old ruined windmills for some more views
Here's one down to Yialos
One of the marked rocks which guided us on our walks
A windmill which has recieved some t.l.c
This little place boasted two chapels,one with a flat roof with steps on the outside leading up to it . . . .
. . .so i took this from up there
Anyone for Squash ?
ALL this walking and talking is giving me a right thirst.Any chance of a pint ? What's that? You called last orders a while ago !
Lager Doubt !
A pic from Yialos
Here's a shot of a threshing circle.Wheat or barley was spread over it then a donkey would walk round and round dragging a spiky thing along behind,that would break up the wheat and loosen off the grain .I think
Lovely roads to walk on . .
Lovely hills to look upon . .
Err, lovely murals to ponder on ???
And some lovely hotels to put yourselves upon !
And if you go down to the woods today . . . .
You'll find Symi Green !
And yellow . . .
And purple . . .