Sublime Symi in September

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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby D and E » 26 Sep 2017, 07:53

Monday

Weather Report at 13:00 - Anastasia’s Apartments
Baro Pressure 1006
Humidity 30 %
Wind Speed 0 mph
Temp Shade 28.5 C
Temp Sun 33 C

We were extremely lazy and didn't head out for breakfast until around 10:45 when we went to a very busy Olive Tree to have our poached eggs on toast, coffee and a Morning Dew (juiced carrot, ginger, orange and lime). Our neighbours Rockbottom came in for a coffee and we had a chat including the sad subject of our leaving instructions which will be delivered sometime over the next two days.

We then went back to the apartment, picked up our stuff and made our way to Pedi via the walk that leaves the Pedi Road opposite the church just beyond the turning for Yialos and heads down through the small-holdings, past the sports ground, and comes into Pedi beyond Katsaras Taverna.

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Wildlife of the Pedi Valley


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The Flora of the Pedi Valley


We took a seat in the bar area and had a frappe and just watched the boats come and go including the Poseidon which had been doing its Pedi Beach Hotel charter.

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Poseidon Leaving Pedi Bay


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Pedi Bay


We were so comfortable sitting there that we then had a small beer and a retsina and shared a spinach pie that was as tasty as they come. We sat there until gone three before walking round to the small church where the little fish swim in the outside pool and then retraced our steps back to Anastasia’s for a read and a snooze.

With every intention of heading down into Yialos for dinner we made our way to Yannis. N&S were there and we shared our recent adventures before they headed to Giorgios. Then N&P came by and decided to sit beside us and give us their news. Comfort and convenience won over the walk down the Kali Strata so we simply headed to the ever reliable Zoe's.

We started with the No.1 prawns, 4 large succulent crustaceans, which are simply prepared on the BBQ and come with two very fine seafood dips and had this alongside those earthy dolmades that we like so much. For the first time in Zoe’s D had the lamb chops, again cooked on the BBQ, which came with tomatoes, onions, peppers and homemade, not frozen, chips. These were excellent. E also had a first time dish. The chicken in orange & lemon which really captured the zingy marinade. This came with those beautiful waxed potatoes. With a complimentary glass of white wine and some cinnamon cake we were the last customers and headed home to the 11pm bells after a wonderfully lazy day on Symi.

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Sun Going Down On Pedi
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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby Lisa B » 26 Sep 2017, 10:48

Hi,
Only joined a week ago and cant believe how sad we are that you're going home. :( Seems the 'leaving holiday blues' are infectious........Have a safe journey home.
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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby D and E » 26 Sep 2017, 15:53

Lisa B wrote:Hi,
Only joined a week ago and cant believe how sad we are that you're going home. :( Seems the 'leaving holiday blues' are infectious........Have a safe journey home.


Thanks for following the blog LisaB and for the very kind comments.

A big welcome to the forum.

Having just finished packing we are about to post today's happenings.
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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby D and E » 26 Sep 2017, 16:01

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Adorable Symi Kittens


Tuesday (last day on Symi)

Weather Report at 08:30 - Anastasia’s Apartments
Baro Pressure 1006
Humidity 35 %
Wind Speed 0 mph
Temp Shade 28 C
Temp Sun 30 C

Having run out of provisions two days previously we once again had breakfast in the Olive Tree and then said our farewells and “Good Winters” to Janine & Tina.

Being our last day we had arranged to meet our Swedish friends O&L on Pedi and spend the day there with them so we walked down through “The Valley” route again and apart from one other couple we had Pedi Beach (Katsaras side) to ourselves for a while. We chatted with the cool sun bed guy, Abi, and he does look good in D’s Ray Ban Wayfarers -

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Abi The Cool Sun Bed Guy on Pedi


We sat out on the jetty and had our frappe until the 10:30 bus brought O&L over. D had what might be his last big draught Mythos this year with O and then we swam before having lunch in Katsaras.

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Preparing to go Fishing - Pedi


E couldn't resist the sensational spinach pie that they make. It is clear that this is made on a larger scale and then cut into serving pieces and it has a taste of all its own. L shared that and a very good tuna salad with E whilst O had a very generous piece of moussaka - too big to be honest. D finally had his spaghetti which again was a very generous portion. He had the Nepolitana which came with just the right amount of a very fine tomato sauce and as much Parmesan as you could want. D&O shared a half kilo of red wine while E&L shared a half kilo retsina and with water and toasted herby bread and a large water came to €64 with tip. The price is mentioned as we have not done lunch there for some time.

We lazed on the beach until around 4pm when we said our sad farewells to two people who have become very good friends of ours all due to Symi. We are already planning a UK visit for them again in 2018 and of course we will see them on Symi next year.

So we returned up “The Valley” to find our departure details - 7am at the bottom of The Secret Garden Steps for the 08:15 Blue Star Paros sailing. Alas we are then being bused from Akantia out to the Kassandra at Ixia which is less appealing than the International which has been our most common holding hotel over the years. We are all packed by 17:30 and are sitting out on the balcony taking in the rays from the sun starting to go behind the Kastro.

We will be heading to Yannis and then to Zoe’s where we are thinking about the grilled prawns to start and she mentioned a fresh fish soup being started today so that appeals to D whilst E is thinking beetroot with skodalia and the soutzoukakia.

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Prawns No.1 a la Zoe


As we normally do we will post a final part of the blog when we are home in Mid Wales mentioning any relevant travel issues and reflections of a wonderful stay on Symi despite the sadness over the loss of our Greyam.

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Yannis Rainbow Bar
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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby silverfox » 26 Sep 2017, 19:56

After a few really busy days at work reading your blog, as ever, is so welcome.

Your capacity for food is so impressive and must "sell" so many dishes on Symi.

Safe journey home!
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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby Pollychops » 26 Sep 2017, 20:58

Hi D & E, another fantastic trip report, highlighting everything that is Symi. It's been terrific reading your journey every morning and wish you safe travels back and look forward to your last report when you get home.
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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby JuliaB » 26 Sep 2017, 21:04

Missed you for a day or two! Have a safe journey home. We have a late flight from Rhodes and so will be leaving Symi on the 4pm Dodek. Lovely to have seen you again and no doubt our paths will cross in the future. xx
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Re: Sublime Symi in September

Postby D and E » 26 Sep 2017, 21:48

JuliaB wrote:Missed you for a day or two! Have a safe journey home. We have a late flight from Rhodes and so will be leaving Symi on the 4pm Dodek. Lovely to have seen you again and no doubt our paths will cross in the future. xx


It has been wonderful seeing you both again & having a few damned good laughs along the way.
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