Photographer's Note

This is Napoleon Zanglis, the Kafetzis, the owner of Kafeneio (traditional greek coffee house) in the village of Kallarytes, one of the most beautiful greek villages. Napoleon and his wife, Lambrini, were living in Athens, but at some point in their life they got sick and tired of living in the big city, they packed everything and went back to Napoleon's village, where he took the old shoe workshop of his grandfather and converted it into a kafeneio. They also opened a beautiful, traditional guesthouse.

As it usually happens with the Kafeneia in the mountainous villages of Greece, it's a little bit of everything, it's also a tavern, a mini market and a grocery store. A kafeneio is a very important place in the every day life of the greek countryside, it's not just a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, it's the meeting point, a place where old friends gather and tell stories full of nostalgia about the past, their youth, it's also a place for political arguments, a small "parliament". In the old days, the next few decades after the end of the Greek Civil War, those belonging to diferent political parties, went to diferent Kafeneia, there were "blue", "green" and "red" kafeneia.

Back to Napoleon's kafeneio: Now and then (never programmed) you might meet there a musician or two (you can listen from greek folk music to rembetika, the music of the greek "underground" of the first half of 20th century) and then the fiesta begins. You can also taste great greek food and Lambrini's famous "spoonsweets". The other option is to play with the couple's cat, Diamantis, who's always nice with the customers

Kallarytes is one of the most beautiful greek villages, situated high up in the mountain range of Tzoumerka (Tzoumerka is divided in the prefectures of Ioannina and Arta. Nowadays very few stay permanently there, but still the weekends and during summer, lots of people gather there to enjoy its unique atmosphere, its beautiful taverns and traditional guesthouses. Once it was a vibrant, very wealthy village, famous for its jewellers. Does the name "Bulgari" ring any bell? Well, the Bulgari family has its roots here and they are planning a jewelry school and museum in the village of their ancestors.


***In WORKSHOP a Napoleon's "close up". I like this photo, better, but I thought I should show this man in his environment.

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Additional Photos by Hercules Milas (Cretense) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5327 W: 74 N: 16998] (68709)
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