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Giannis (Pavezas in the surname) is 41 years old, cancer in the sign (without knowing what this means) and loves food and music. He has lived in various parts of Greece (Athens, Arnissa in the prefecture of Pella, Litochoro, Thessaloniki) and studies in Italy. After completing his studies, he lives permanently in Thessaloniki and works professionally with stringed musical instruments, which he studied in Italy.  

His involvement with the instruments began early when he began to play guitar but inevitably went to the construction, as he soon became more concerned with this instrument than with the plays. As he told us, "I had gone to Italy to study, and when it became clear to me that in the area I was living there was an organ school, then things went their way!" He is currently manufacturing high-quality handmade guitars and also keeps string maintenance in general.

Photo credits: 
Photo © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis
Photo credits: 
Photo © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

1. Which is you favorite place you enjoy visiting and how often do you go there?

I loved Italy during my studies there, I like to go back to places that I spent so many beautiful years of my life and to meet up friends, though I haven't been lately due to family obligations.

2. What makes you get up out of bed every day?

My son!

Photo credits: 
Photo © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

3. You studied in a small village of the region Umbria in Italy, Gubbio village. Why did you choose this village? How was that experience? What do you like most and what not?

I didn’t choose Gubbio ... I would say that it chose me. ' I was already in Perugia when, during my visit to a local instrument maker, I learned that in Gubbio there is such school. I made sure to set up my obligations, first, at the University of Perugia and then I moved to Gubbio. These schools are counted on the fingers of one hand, so you can understand… The experience was incredible, because apart from the school I met wonderful people and visited some beautiful places. Whoever has been in villages of Central Italy, knows very well what I mean! The place and the village were so green, especially the part inside the walls, it feels like you are having a trip back in time, since they have taken care to maintain, preserve and renovate all the medieval elements of construction, without alter stylistically anything.  

4. What is the most favorite tradition of the locals there?

The beloved tradition of the inhabitants is an annual match between the 3 parishes of the village, La corsa dei ceri, taking place on 15 May and gathers people from all over the region. San Giorgio, Sant'Antonio and the city protector Sant'Ubaldo. 3 colors, yellow, blue and black shirts for the contestants, who, following a particular path through the alleys of the village, must carry the huge wooden structures in the Church that houses the body of city protector of Gubbio, Sant'Ubaldo If someone wants to visit the Gubbio, I would say to do so during those days. The feast begins days before and ends the day after the completion of the ceremony.  

5. What is it that makes Gubbio so special?

The location, without a second thought and the old town with its medieval buildings.  

6. We are only for 48 hours in the region of Umbria and in Gubbio, what should someone, absolutely, must see or do?

I have no particular suggestions to make; the place is small and you would fall upon beauties in every step. Be sure to only take the cable car leading to the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo, to have the opportunity to see the whole Valley from above! 

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Photo © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

7. Have you visited recently the region of Naoussa? What did you like most and why would you ever go back there? Have you discovered any traditional products or habits of people you liked?

2 years ago, I visited the hostel "Niaousta" in Naoussa for the first time. We loved the place, we went back and we will again in the future in first opportunity. From my own perspective and having a small child, the fact that guys who have a guesthouse, sustain also a small farm, made our stay special. I cannot describe in words the joy that my kid had playing all day in the yard.

Beyond that, the place has the most beautiful view which one could request, the whole valley is at your feet! From there you can then do various excursions and activities. We have limited ourselves to the food in the restaurant of Stephen in Arkochori. It may seem small, but if a destination does not have a gastronomic surprise, then is not complete!  

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Photo © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

8. A journey which you would rather do, next destination would you like to go?

There isn't any particular journey that I want to do, I'm romantic and I tend to associate the sites with the faces. I don't go anywhere without my family and I believe that we still have much to explore in Greece before considering abroad.  

9. Any specific words you have as a life moto?

Music is my life, so I will include it in the words with which I March in life.  

Love, courtesy, consistency, creation, music.

Photo credits: 
Photo © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

We thank Yiannis warmly for his hospitality in his workshop and the opportunity to get to know a profession - an art like that of an instrument maker.

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