In the summer of 1977 two Greek-American friends backpacked through Italy, Greece and Egypt. It was my first independent trip to Europe where we met adventures at every turn. After traveling through Northern Greece it was time to visit the family villages and birthplace of my father Angelo D. Alexander. Dad’s younger sister, Chrysoula who lived in Piraeus met me at the Athens bus station where we traveled to visit the patriarchal villages of Poulithra, Kounoupia and Peleta which are municipalities of South Kynouria in Peloponnese. The photos capture the descent from Peleta overlooking Poulithra with the Myrtoan Sea coast framed by the Parnon Mountains. The newly constructed church is called The Birth of the Lord (Η Γέννηση του Χριστού). In the following frames are local children who posed for a series of photos before I turned my attention to a group of villagers and pack mules. And finally are photos of Aunt Chrysoula (holding a shopping bag) and relatives who offered us a ride back to Athens where I regrouped with Margo for more adventures in Crete.
© Diane Alexander White PHOTOGRAPHY