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submitted by Robin Tzannes on 21.08.2003

Pasha Ali of Fratsia

My husband's grandfather, George S. Tzannes of Fratsia, was nicknamed Pasha Ali. I've been told that it was because, like the Turkish Pasha, he was such a wealthy man. Papou had a large family, a beautiful house, lots of livestock, fruitful vineyards and olive orchards. Ironically, of all his 13 children and 23 grandchildren, only one is now a permanent resident of the island; his gracious home is now a pile of rubble behind the Fratsia platia; and only seven of his olive trees are still harvested by descendants bearing his name. Sic transit gloria mundi.

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