Chalki ruin

The old houses and ruins on the narrow back alleys with connecting stairways up the hillside in Chalki (Halki) are well worth exploring. With the colourful spring flowers in the alleys and little gardens, as well as the backdrop of the deep blue and cobalt waters in the harbour, it is a paradise for artists and photographers.

This Chalki ruin catches everyone’s eye and is probably the most painted and photographed ruin on the little island. Perhaps that’s why it is for sale for an astonishing 800,000€.

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Sunlight striking Dumgoyne and Dumfoyne

The walk along a short stretch of the West Highland Way between Easter Carbeth and Dumgoyach is becoming one of our favourite short walks for a Sunday afternoon wander. The views to the Campsies and even Ben Lomond in the far distance when meandering down the well trodden track towards Dumgyach are simply stunning. I will never tire of these views. Especially with the ever changing and unpredictable Scottish weather. The light hitting the mountains and the atmospheric cloud formations are just never the same.

This is the view to Dumgoyach, Dumgoyne and Dumfoyne taken early on in the walk on a dreich day with flat lighting at the end of June.

Two weeks ago, a mixture of sunshine and fast moving clouds created a spectacle of light spots and light trails travelling across the forrests and the mountains. The monochrome photo above is, without a doubt, my favourite shot of the day, capturing a narrow band of light moving swiftly across the trees and foot of Dumgoyne and Dumfoyne. Below is the colour version.

It is not just the views that make this a wonderful walk. A slight detour from the track into the field to the South East of Dumgoyach is well worth it to explore the standing stones and admire Dunthreath Castle in the shadow of Dumgoyne. But I’ll keep those for a future post.

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Old door, blue steps

Wandering around the back streets of Symi is one of my favourite pastimes.

Exploring the town behind the front and up the hill with it’s little alley ways, staircases, little paths, colourful and derelict houses, numerous ruins, churches, little gardens and pens with livestock simply never tire. Even if you think you’ve covered and seen a section, at the next visit, there is always something new that catches the eye. And after our fifth visit to the island, there are still large parts that we have yet to explore.

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Lightning strikes

Lightning strikes, Symi, Dodecanese Islands, Greece

We woke up this morning to very dark skies over Turkey heading our way. It was not long before we started to hear the rumble of distant thunder. While having breakfast on the balcony the skies got darker and darker, and the wind started to pick up and swirling.

The world around us scrambled to bring in chairs and tables, and to move and secure the boats. The crew of a gullet panicked and cut the ropes to the quay when the swirling wind nearly became a whirlwind round their ship.

The lightning started to become more prevalent with the time lapse to the heavy rumble of thunder becoming shorter. But the eye of the thunder storm never reached us, as it bypassed Symi to the North.

And not long after, the clouds parted and we were drinking a coffee in the sun.

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Hirani sunset

Hirani sunset, Symi, Dodecanese Islands, Greece

There is nothing better than watching the sun set with a glass of red wine.

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