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Back in Fragkista, Dino insisted on displaying me round his household residence, a powerful stone mansion simply off the village sq.. I sensed he had executed fairly effectively within the US, however I hadn’t realised simply fairly how effectively. His home was filled with pictures of him posing with prospects at his restaurant in New York. There had been images of him with Greek American royalty – Michael Dukakis, Telly Savalas, Aristotle Onassis – together with different celebrities of the New York scene – Rudolf Nureyev, Liberace, Zsa Zsa Gabor.

“We had been the toast of Broadway,” smiled Dino. “Everyone got here to my restaurant.”

Despite their success, yearly, for at the least three months, they return to the place the place they had been born. “It seems like the identical village I grew up in,” smiled Dino. “It’s smaller, the roads are higher, however nothing else has modified. I can nonetheless see all my outdated associates from faculty right here.”

He brings his household too. Though neither brother married nor had kids, their sisters did, and the brothers are blessed with a panoply of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

“It’s necessary to not lose contact together with your roots,” he stated. “I’ve been within the States for seven many years now, however I’ll at all times be a boy from Agrafa.”

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