The village of Kounoupia, Greece is one that is near and dear to the Alexander Family. It is the village where my Papou Dimitri Alexander built the family home with his own two hands. The family orchards produce grapes and apples that can be seen in #23-26A. The family home with the distinctive tile roof can be seen in #12-15A & 18A with Thea Chysoula and me. Frames #1-9A contains images of our beloved Panagia of Kounoupia Church with it’s impressive bell tower and icon of Panagia where generations of Alexanders prayed for intercessions to the Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary. The church was built centuries ago with icons by Photis Kontoglou and relics from Catherine the Great.
One of my favorite photos is #10 of the slanted barrel in the foreground and Thea Chrysoula walking up the road. The frames toward the end of the roll are of villagers and the family of Nick Niarchos family relatives who spend the summers in Kounoupia to escape the heat of Peleta and Poulithra. Papou Alexander also had homes and orchards and olives in those villages too. Fortunately I have a diary with more details to for follow up purposes. Next stop, Crete!
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