It's VE Day today and the island has been abuzz since early this morning. Many of the dignitaries have been on the island all weekend so the celebrations have been more extensive than usual. The parade has just finished and we can hear the sound of music as there is now dancing in the square. We'll be putting up some out and about pictures later on today, when our photographer returns from her mission! There are also some photos of Koukoumas, an ancient traditional dance which takes place in Chorio every year. The Symi Women's Association does a great job of encouraging the island's young people to learn and respect their heritage and traditions. While in other parts of Greece the traditional dances are the preserve of the old, here they are very much supported by the local children and teenagers.

More tomorrow!


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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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