Blue blue bee boxes!

Ok so slightly misleading title, it should be the blue and green bee boxes of Siana but not quite as satisfyingly B worded!

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Following hot on the heels of my peeling paint extravaganza I give you – peeling paint on bee boxes!!


Naturally as soon as I clapped eyes on these colourful little roadside beauties I felt the need to capture them from every possible angle . . .


Be warned, this post is only about pictures of blue wooden boxes. I am not kidding!


I lied! Pausing briefly from the blue joy, here’s a delightful colourful sign advertising local wares.


Then it’s back to blue, turquoise, aqua, every shade! Oh the untold delights . . .


Check out this slightly different angle featuring a saucy rusted lock . .


Or this jaunty collection with contrasting red writing.


Finally, here’s a last look at this photogenic scene before I am dragged away . . ..


Peeling paint

Apart from piles of food and markets, my other favourite photographic subject is, wait for it, peeling, cracking, layered paint!!!

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Whether it’s a crumbling wall, a decrepit window or a forgotten door, the layers of weathered paint beckon to me.

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Revealing intricate patterns, cracks and fissures, a multitude of colours and layers of detail.

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Here’s just a few tasty doors and windows from our Rhodes trip.

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You just want to peek in windows and peer into the courtyards. And I don’t just limit my fascination to doors and windows, I’ll accept chairs too!

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How fascinating is this little homestead? From the ramshackle pot plants, the wonky shutters or the contrasting lemon and blue paintwork there’s a multitude of interesting details to spot.


I love the way that the paint is gradually being weathered away to reveal the many different colours and textures.

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Loving these orange and blue shades on derelict doors in Symi.

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As well as the pale lemon and blues on these twin windows.


Sweet little Symi

During our brief jaunt to Rhodes town we took a ferry over to the glorious little island of Symi. Here’s the first views of the colourful little houses clinging to the hillside.

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As the ferry pulls into Yialos (the main harbour) we get a closer look at the tiers of housing. Mostly in pastel shades but with the odd rebels with bright shades of red and yellow.


Here’s another view of Yialos the main harbour with a few glamorous sail boats.


Beyond the harbour is a distant view of hills while a girly pink scooter contrasts nicely with the yellow fishing nets. Meanwhile this gorgeous colour combo on a local house catches my eyes too

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Symi’s recorded history goes back as far as the Trojan Wars (1120 BC)

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At its height Symi was a thriving island with a population of more than 22,000.  It was renowned for its boat-building, sponge-fishing, wine-making, its wood-carvers and icon-painters.


The tranquail harbour has a plethora of little boats bobbing on the azure waters.

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You can still buy traditional sponges from lots of different shops along the harbour front.

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So many colourful houses and shops jostle for position and demand photographing!

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I love the delicate circular details at the top of lots of the roof lines.


So many permutations of candy colours to enjoy.


Moving up from the harbour we set off to explore Chorio, the village area.


Naturally I find lots of lovely paint based things to point my camera at. Including this amazing blue set of steps.

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There’s unusual artwork, colourful shops and icecream around every corner.

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Neil gets his fix of the creamy goodness and we actually get someone to take a picture of the two of us for once!

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Symi is a compact, colourful and delightful place for a day trip or for a longer, laid back break.


Next up we’re off to visit the pretty little monastry at Panormitis with its ornate floor and decoration.

Bee boxes and honey in Siana

Once we’ve settled into our accommodation and located the cheapest food sources we plan the rest of the week.

We decide to take a day trip that combines a visit to a wonderful painted church at Asklipios and also the pretty town of Siana.

The village’s name – Asklipio comes from the scholar of medicine Asklipios. Here’s some of the staggeringly detailed frescos in the little Byzantine church ‘Dormition of the Virgin’ that was built in 1060.



Next up on the trip is Siana, a tiny picturesque little town. It’s built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Mount Acramitis, the second highest mountain of the island, offering a breathtaking view of the surrounded areas.


Blue bee boxes delight my snappy photo fingers and the town has the feel of an alpine ski village. The village of Siana is famous for its excellent honey and its local wine. You can also sample the infamous ‘souma’, the fiery local grape spirit.

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There’s also a plethora of my other favourite photographic subjects . . peeling paint on doors and windows!!

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Next up we visit the sugar cube village of Lindos, take in the acropolis and have a swim in the glorious St Paul’s bay.