Fairies of the snow

Hercules Milas

Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece

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About 20 km to the Northeast of Konitsa town (Ioannina, Epirus, Greece), close to the Greek-Albanian borders, there is a small group of beautiful villages, called “The Stone Villages”. Those villages are Monastiri, Molista and Ganadio. They were the only villages of the region that were lucky to avoid the Nazi’s brutality. The Nazis burned and devastated almost every village of the region except those three, so in the “Stone villages” you can enjoy excellent traditional architecture and beautiful stone houses.

Life there isn’t easy. During winter, very few inhabitants remain in these remote villages. In Ganadio (the most beautiful of them 3), for example, the total population is 3 people! Here you can see 2 of them, two sisters, the kindest old ladies I have ever met. At first, although we were talking for about 15 minutes, they didn’t want to tell me their names, someone had told them “don’t ever tell your name to strangers!” probably the latest version of the old “Don’t talk to strangers”! Finally they decided to tell me their first names (Ourania is the older one, to the right and Theodora is to the left) but not their last names. They told me a lot about their village and their lives, about sons and grandsons that live far away. When it was time to say goodbye, they gave me the best present, words sweet as honey and wishes from the bottom of their hearts!

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