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Offline Maik

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The oldest ouzeri?
« on: Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 11:01:35 »
95-year-old Stefanos Gogos, owns oldest Coffee Shop, Ouzeri and Grocery Store in Greece

One of the last, if not the last, traditional coffee shop, Ouzeri, and grocery store in Greece, is still impressively owned and run by 95-year-old Stefanos Gogos of Ano Palaiokarya in Trikala.

Located on an old road that once connected the regions of Thessaly and Epirus, a few metres from the stunning waterfalls, Stefanos says he can not even remember when he began working here but says he was very young at the time.

During that period, this kind of store would be found in most Greek villages and was packed all hours of the day. During the morning, it would be visited by women who would purchase items they needed for their cooking, while local men would be there in the afternoon drinking coffee and playing Tavli (backgammon) or evenings spent drinking Ouzo and whiskey while discussing politics and playing cards.

Reminds me of the place in Pastra  :)

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Re: The oldest ouzeri?
« Reply #1 on: Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 17:11:13 »
Reminds me of Yorgo's Kafenion in Ratzakli! It was known as Reggo's
He was a fantastic old boy, definitely a character, lots of stories about the War in this area
He carried quite a varied stock of goods & could always find what you needed although not too sure if his tinned goods were in date!
He had a 'bed' on a shelf & you'd quite often find him fast asleep. He had an old dog called Cannibal.....cos it ate meat! also a hand reared lamb called Souvlaki had a little bed in a cardboard box. There was also a House Martin Nest INSIDE the shop, so he used to leave the window open for them to fly in
He wasn't very tall, so everything out of his reach was covered in cobwebs.
All the 'old boys' used to congregate up there & every so often you'd see them all sitting outside having their hair cut by an old guy with glasses like 'milk bottle bottoms'.
End of an era when Yorgo died & the shop has been closed & not touched since

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Re: The oldest ouzeri?
« Reply #2 on: Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 22:02:22 »
Great story and pic kef97. Go on tell us it was 15 drx for a generous ouzo. Women presumably allowed to do womanly things like shop but not drink.