Picture Postcard Perfect: Symi, Greece

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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 of us, if any, 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.

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

Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece.

View of Symi, Greece.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

View of Symi, Greece.

Greek goat.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Greek goat.

Idyllic Greece. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Idyllic Greece.

Church in Symi, Greece.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Church in Symi, Greece.

Inside the church in Symi, Greece.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Inside the church in Symi, Greece.

Church courtyard in Symi, Greece.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Church courtyard in Symi, Greece.

View of Symi.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

View of Symi.

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

Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece.

What is it with laundry put out to dry?© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

What is it with laundry put out to dry?

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

Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece.

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

Seabourn Sojourn anchored off Symi, Greece.

Symi, Greece.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Symi, Greece.

Waterfront in Symi, Greece.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Waterfront in Symi, Greece.

Sponges in Symi, Greece.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Sponges in Symi, Greece.

Seabourn Sojourn sails away from Symi with a full moon in our wake.© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Seabourn Sojourn sails away from Symi with a full moon in our wake.


An avid traveler and an award-winning journalist, Ralph Grizzle produces articles, video and photos that are inspiring and informative, personal and passionate. A journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ralph has specialized in travel writing for more than two decades. To read more cruise and port reviews by Ralph Grizzle, visit his website at www.avidcruiser.com.

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