Traditional kafenío, Andhrítsena, Ilia, Greece.
Traditional in the sense that there were no ladies present. And traditional in that there was a wind-up gramaphone in the doorway. I doubt it's still there.
And according to tradition, Andhrítsena owes its name to the wife of a Cretan shepherd named Andrikos, who, chasing his runaway sheep (not much of a shepherd it seems), came to a spring on mount Lykaion. There he built an inn (as you do when you're chasing sheep), that after his death was kept by his wife Andrikaina (meaning "the wife of Andrikos"). From her name and from the local pronunciation of "kai" as "tse", the inn was named "the hostel of Andhrítsena". When houses were built in the surrounding area, the settlement was named "Andhrítsena".
The area was part of ancient Arcadia. Andhrítsena flourished during the occupation by the Franks (13th-14th century) and is mentioned in the chronicle of Morea. The village played a crucial role during the Orlov Revolt and the Greek War of Independence. In 1826, Andhrítsena was destroyed by Ibrahim Pasha's troops. It now seems a forgotten backwater, but none the worse for that.
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Silvio1953 (119605) 2014-07-23 10:08
Ciao Will, my today neighbour, nice scene with lovely people, beautiful clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
cornejo (30067) 2014-07-23 11:48
Hi Will, very good picture of this interesting scene of everyday life of the place, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Good and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
rbassin (17295) 2014-07-23 11:51
c'est une très belle scène de vie, j'aime bien voir ces hommes se regrouper sur le trottoir, au pied d'une façade.
C'est bien fait.
asajernigan (21090) 2014-07-23 11:55
The vertical format is very nice for this shot allowing us to see the great architecture with close up sharpness. The people add nice points of interest for the scene. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness.
npecanhuk (63570) 2014-07-23 15:47
Lovely and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
dekanski (2890) 2014-07-23 23:49
A typical scene in many Greek small towns and villages, unfortunately becoming scarcer. An interesting storiette in a note! TFS
dkmurphys (48088) 2014-07-24 2:19
Very beautiful scene from the old streets of any Greek town. I like the atmosphere and the contrasts. Well taken.
JanArie (577) 2014-07-25 0:18
Very nice scenery. Good POV also with that green leaves which give a nice depth of this photo.
p.s. what kind of film have you used for this photo?
kasianowak (5884) 2014-07-25 11:15
This is exactly how I remember Greece and how I imagine it when I think about it these days (I haven't been for years). The only thing I didn't like about those cafes (local women don't often go there, but I did, as there was an internet cafe in one of those - these were pre-smartphone, pre-wifi times...) was the cloud of cigarette smoke hanging in the air. But of course, when sitting outside, it's not necessarily a problem.
You captured a delightful street scene, timeless and heartwarming. And, talking about "forgotten backwater" - that's what we often dream about on our our daily commuter trains, so, as you say, "none the worse for that". :-)
Have a nice weekend
wolf38 (31258) 2014-07-26 1:06
Today I shall be very brief, as my move is imminent.
The photo is the way I visualize. Everyone has their way of seeing and each photo shows the personal signature of the photographer.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
siudzi (33003) 2014-07-27 1:54
Really great that you have decided to share this picture with us. The scene is superb and was well captured without destroying the nice relaxing mood of these men:) Like it!
Have a lovely Sunday!
annjackman (18975) 2014-07-28 22:47
There is something about warm climates and a slow pace of life that I find very appealing. The threesome with their walking sticks seem very interested in what the other group of men have to say. A lovely daily life image with gorgeous dappled light.
Best wishes, Ann
COSTANTINO (53687) 2014-08-05 1:30
Hello my dear friend
and have a nice new day
I liked this presentation of the traditional
kafenio Andhritsena I like the lights and
shadows playing together interesting scenery
of this daily life very well captured
lighting and colors are great
lovely and beautiful picture
have a nice time
stamatis (2561) 2014-08-09 6:21
Well color balance, good composition, bright light and exact POV everything you managed perfectly.
p.s I have been there i believe is one of the most beatiful villages in Greece
smash2707 (3320) 2014-08-11 12:31
Beautiful daily life composition. I love the mood of this shot. All these men look relaxed in front of this traditional building. Good POV and nice light. TFS
abmdsudi (41984) 2014-08-12 21:19
What a classic place to kill the time and old age looks pretty good there. You have excellently drawn the eye to the spot you want me to see first as strong focal point; Interesting body language and the most animated member of the group of course - the hand that rocks the place! This gives the feeling of how everyday's life is, i think you're lucky enough to spot this small group of elderly and undisturbed at all giving me the feeling that they are used to meet there, probably everyday, and talk, talk, talk....
I bet they've known each other most of their lives, know everything that goes on in the town and meet every day for a good gossip. Perhaps they've been there longer than the tourists. I like the sense of social stability here & relationships with the place. A wonderful pleasing conversation piece and nice emotion & humanity rendering of a lovely Moment in Time - Great capture, Congrats :))
Have a nice day.
swapankumarroy (2823) 2014-08-14 10:53
Your article is really beautiful and I read it like a story, you are a good story teller. It exhibited a traditional scene where old peoples are busy with them. Very good idea, well vertical composition, POV, sharpness and specially color control.
MOST IMPRESSIVE AND UNIQUE.
with warm regards,
Wanda1 (14980) 2014-09-11 22:11
A great relaxed street shot of everyday life, the kind of scene I enjoy to see. I like your choice of vertical frame to include those lovely old façades with the wooden shutters that are so attractive. I like that all three of the men on the one side of the door way each have their walking stick placed in the same way, this is a nice little detail.