Posts tagged: Symi

Symi, the most beautiful of the Greek Dodecanese islands

I like to visit the Greek island of Symi regularly, which is not difficult as it is quite close to the Turkish Riviera. Looking at the map, you will see a long peninsula with the ancient city of Cnidus at its tip and another to the south with the ancient trireme naval base of Loryma […]

Thursday March 12th, 2009 in , , , , | Comments Off on Symi, the most beautiful of the Greek Dodecanese islands

Start your gulet cruise at Bodrum, capital resort of the Aegean

Bodrum is indeed the ‘capital of the Turkish riviera coast’, although its rival Marmaris might disagree about that. It was a key location for centuries but the building of the airport settled the argument. Many people now start their gulet cruise at Bodrum (‘The Blue Cruise’) as it has excellent shopping, sightseeing and restaurants. The […]

Monday May 11th, 2009 in , , , , | Comments Off on Start your gulet cruise at Bodrum, capital resort of the Aegean

Grand Tour, anyone? How to achieve a classical education on our gulet cruise holidays

In the past, the wealthy Englishman went on the ‘Grand Tour’ to Europe, including Italy, involving a long hard journey, much inconvenience and a great deal of money and expenditure of time – perhaps a year or so, but he could return an educated man. Now we can compress into a week or two the […]

Monday April 20th, 2009 in , , , , , | Comments Off on Grand Tour, anyone? How to achieve a classical education on our gulet cruise holidays

What is a natural sponge and why was it so valuable?

Image: Symi harbour Since antiquity the Turkish coast and the nearby Greek islands, the Dodecanese, have been famous for sponge fishing. The demand was very great and the prices were high. The Symiots were regarded as the finest divers. In a season a Symiot captain could earn a fortune, hence the beautiful houses along the […]

Monday March 23rd, 2009 in , | Comments Off on What is a natural sponge and why was it so valuable?

The rare charm of the Greek Island of Symi/Simi

‘Symi will bewitch you’, it says in a book by Kostas Farmkidis and Agapi Darakatsani. Yes, it will, but how does it do it?  How does it work its charm when so many places visited today fail so lamentably in beauty of architecture? What you see is not an ancient place, but the island itself […]

Friday May 29th, 2009 in , | Comments Off on The rare charm of the Greek Island of Symi/Simi