The Banner Photos

7 Apr

A few people have asked what the two photographs at the top of the blog are of and, even more, what their juxtaposition is supposed to mean?

The photo on the left is of a coffeehouse in Istanbul at the turn of the previous century.  The photo on the right is one taken by me in the mid-eighties of children in the Vlach village of Samarina in the Pindos mountains, near the watershed that separates Epiros (where my family is from) from western Greek Macedonia.  As for the relationship between the two, I’ll leave that to readers to ponder or figure out if they care to.  As a certain Nasreddin Hoca joke (Mullah Nasreddin in Iranian lands) much beloved by my father says: “Well, if you don’t know, go home…”

Maybe I’ll make a competition out of it…

Again, any questions: what’s a Vlach? where’s Epiros? why do I call it Greek Macedonia?  Please ask.



One Response to “The Banner Photos”

  1. Ayk Orman August 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Did you know that there is district in Istan-Polis called Vlacherna?

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