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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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