The couple that we sold our house to in Provence just happened to mention in passing that they had spent many vacations on an island called Simi (or Symi) in the Greek Islands just twenty minutes by boat from Turkey. On doing a little investigation, we decided to try it ourselves and found ourselves there just at the beginning of June before the crowds of tourists-and high temperatures-rolled in. We had such a good, relaxing time and I took many photos. Here are a few of them:
It’s not easy getting to a Greek island in general. We flew from Paris to Athens, Athens to Rhodes and then took a ferry to Simi. It involved spending the night in the airport which, I discovered, I am way too old to do but many young people do so to save money from what I’ve heard. There’s even a website that lists the best airports to sleep at. Anyway, this is the ferry, a catamaran, that we took. Very nice with airplane like seats. I fell asleep at on point and woke up with a shock thinking our plane was landing on water.
A look from up above at the harbor of Simi Town, the main town on the island. It has a very deep harbor and we saw some really huge boats pull in while we were there including this cruise boat that you can see.
A short distance from our hotel was a small beach that we went to every day except once. It was handy and had lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent. I’m one of those unfortunate people who can’t sit in the sun so I’m always looking for shade.
A look at our beach (Kos). Look at how clear the water is. It was just a tad cold for me so I only ever got up to my knees. One day the ferry unloaded a huge group of people and I think most of them came to this beach. I think they were Russian from the language and babushkas and the beach was covered with people and the water was so full that I’m sure the temperature must have gone up a few degrees. They left after a couple of hours, I think to take a ferry back to Rhodes.
There was very little sand on the beaches on Simi. Most of them had huge gravel like that seen here. One “beach” was like a swimming pool with no sand or gravel just paved terraces. You could drive, hike or take a taxi boat to the beaches. We took a boat one day and it was nice but we were back to our little beach the next day which, by the way, was man made.
A sail boat caught in the light as the sun set. We sat on the terrace of our hotel every night just looking at the water and the boats coming and going. I can see why people return here year after year. It’s very expensive to buy here from what we heard.
Loved looking at the sail boats, some of them huge. Big yachts too, many from Turkey. It’s a very short trip to Turkey and we went one day for a market but were disappointed. I was expecting Byzantine architecture, mosques, that Aladin look, but it was mostly 60’s architecture reminding me a bit of Mexican border towns.
As for food:
And Greek yogurt with honey!!! What a surprise. I’m not normally a huge fan of yogurt but some was accidentally put on our table and I started eating it before the waiter realized his mistake. I’m a convert. The honey made it fabulous and I had it several more times before we left.