|When I first came to Symi there were lots of hawkers and gypsy vans, selling everything from live poultry chicks, garden furniture and plants to clothes and shoes. I spotted this one in Chorio on Saturday morning, selling practical clothes.|
|He also had a fine display of trainers and other cheap but serviceable footwear.|
|Down in the harbour on Monday morning it was very much business as usual, even if the banks are closed for a week. Staff were setting tables for the lunchtime trade from Rhodes.|
|No shortage of fresh produce to choose from, even several hours before the Panagia Skiadeni was due in with fresh supplies.|
|9 a.m. and getting ready for the new day.|
|The schools are closed now for the summer holidays. I spotted these two local lads playing backgammon in the shade of a vine at an ouzerie (a small traditional cafe bar that sells ouzo and mezzes) near our office.|
|Looking back up the same lane from the sea towards St John's church and the Albatros hotel.|
|Most of the buildings in the harbour area have been rebuilt in recent years but this roofless ruin just round the corner from our office has probably been in this condition since the Second World War. The owners are probably in Australia, or America or any one of a number of countries to which Symiots have emigrated over the past century or so.|
|Excursion boats and posh yachts in Yialos at 13.00 today. The water taxis are out, taking people to the beaches. A typical bright sunny summer's day on the small Greek island of Symi.|
The anticipated ferry strike this week has been cancelled to enable Greeks to travel freely to vote in the referendum on Sunday 5 July. This means that the Blue Star Diagoras should be leaving Akandia harbour in Rhodes as usual at 15.00 on Wednesday.
We have an interesting week ahead. If you want to get a Greek perspective, http://www.ekathimerini.com/ekathi/news is a good place to go and their website is updated several times a day, as news breaks.
Have a good week.