Archive for December 2011
Note the color of the Moschofilero…
Here’s my last post on Goumenissa. The gentleman in the photos, a shopkeeper in town, was insistent that I come to see his winery — in the center of the village. He doesn’t use it anymore but he wanted to show me how wine was once vinified in wooden boxes and casks. Note how the demijohns are wrapped in straw.
Someday, I’ll get back to Goumenissa, mon amour…
Una faccia, una razza… One face, one race… The Greeks love that Italian saying (which refers to the two nations’s shared Mediterranean kinship).
Some people call me a Zelig: I have one of those faces and no matter what Mediterranean country I visit, I generally fit in. And such was the case in Greece.
But when we visited the small and wonderful village of Goumenissa in Northern Greece, the villagers could pick me out as a foreigner from a mile away.
And they couldn’t understand why an American, with a camera, was so fascinated by their town.
My money was no good there: when I photographed the fish monger, he prepared a package of fish for me; at the bakery, the baker wouldn’t let me pay for her breads…
Sometimes, when life becomes to hectic and I feel overwhelmed by the rhythms of modern living, I think about and long for Goumenissa, mon amour…
Btw, I still have one more post in my series of posts on Goumenissa… stay tuned!
Next week, we’ll post images from the town as well… stay tuned!