Picture Postcard Perfect: Symi, Greece

Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

October 27, 1957. That’s the day I was born. October 27, 2015. That’s the day I spent in one of the most beautiful places ever: Symi, Greece.

Few, if any, of us on Seabourn Sojourn had visited this charming Greek island just 12 miles from Turkey. Francisco, Seabourn Sojourn’s shore concierge manager, was in as much awe as we were as we toured this tiny town that sprawls up hillsides.

The 1988 film Pascali’s Island, starring Ben Kingsley and Helen Mirren, was filmed here. On our visit, every turn around every corner revealed something that looked like it came from a Hollywood set.

Here’s my day in pictures — make that my birthday in pictures — on the island of Symi.

View of Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
View of Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Greek goat. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Greek goat. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Idyllic Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Idyllic Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Church in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Church in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Inside the church in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Church courtyard in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Church courtyard in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
View of Symi. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
View of Symi. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
What is it with laundry put out to dry? © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
What is it with laundry put out to dry? © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle Waterfront in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Sponges in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Sponges in Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn with a full moon in the wake as we leave Symi, Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Seabourn Sojourn sails away from Symi with a full moon in our wake. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

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  • Great pictures, Ralph, thanks! And a slightly belated Happy Birthday wish. Looks like you were in a fine place to celebrate it. We enjoyed two Seabourn trips this year, a month long China Sea cruise on Sojourn and a Quest trip to the fjords of Norway. After we got off the Quest in Copenhagen we spent two weeks driving around Sweden, a trip chosen mostly because of your posts about the country.

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    • Thank you David! I should let Sweden’s Royal Family know that I’ve been working hard to promote their country 🙂 Sweden is a lovely place. I hope you enjoyed your time here. I certainly love it. Wishing you safe continued travels.

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