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I am going to Greece and will be living in Vavouri for about a month. A friend has a home there and wants me to photograph this village where he grew up. I want to take photos of the interior of churches and/or monasteries and wonder if anyone has an experience in living in that area of Greece. Vavouri is in the Northwest corner (Thesprotia) of Greece. I plan on traveling in September or October after the tourists leave. I will probably be getting a grant which will require me to photograph art objects, icons, etc. Thanks for any input.

Carolyn

by Carolyn Kamuda at 2007-03-02 00:55:23 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Gardner, Massachusetts , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

01 Sep 2007 00:09
Dear Carolyn,

Vavouri is in Epirus, the poorest area of the EU before the latest expansion. After WWII and the Greek civil war most of the inhabitants migrate either to Athens or abroad. The villages are pretty much empty. In 2002 I was photographing a village in the area where the population was 26 all of them above 65. So don’t expect to visit a vibrant and full of life village.

The locals are very proud of their traditions and art and it’s likely that after few days in the village the doors will open for you so you can photograph interiors of houses, folk costumes icons and artefacts, if they have any.

If you are into hiking the area is ideal for that, as the village is in the mountain of Mourgana.

It’s worth visiting the monastery of Kamitsiani the village of Lias and if you have time and transportations a day trip to Jiannina will be advisable. Also it’s worth going to Nekromantion and the gates of Hades (about an hour by car).

If you are adventurous enough you can cross the mountain in the Greek Albanian border from tsamantas and visit the village of Ano Lesinitsa (3 hrs walking) in southern Albania, which is much better preserved that the Greek villages, full of beautiful old houses that haven’t been renovated and really nice people.

Hope you will have a good time there

by Georgios Makkas | 02 Mar 2007 09:03 | Budapest, Hungary | | Report spam→

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Carolyn Kamuda, Photographer Carolyn Kamuda
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