Hotel Astrinos Kokinos Pirgos
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... they spend the next 45 minutes getting mixed together and heated. After that they will separate the olive oil off the top watery mash. The oil is weighed and the remaining skin and seed extract becomes a brown mixture used to feed livestock. Out of 42 bags we had 2,000 Kg of olives that produced 318 liters of oil. They let me have 3, which equate to about 10 euros. Hardest $12.50 I think I have ever ...
Today we starting harvesting. The day of picking the olive off the ground are over. Today they use nets spread out over the area and the use a olive tree beater. It's a long shaft with a rotating head that has several rubber sticks that beat the tree branches and knock the olive off. What I thought was a peaceful harvest, is anything but. You need a generator to power the beaters and they hit the branches, constantly making noise and shredding the tree as olives are thrown ...
Today I made it out to the farm, where I will spend the next bit of time, being a farmhand. The owner is Kostos and his wife will be the main ones hosting. They have three sons that help run the hotel and will help with the harvest on the farm. They have several hundred trees that they will harvest over the next couple months. It sounds like we will start harvesting in a few ...
Today I went to the museum and looked at the findings from the Minoans at Knossos and Phaestos. Great tour with all kinds of amazing pieces. They were a head of their time in craftsmanship. They were the leaders in shipping and controlled the seas. There were several palaces on Crete and survived for about 3,000 years, before the volcanic eruption of Santorini whipped out the whole island around 1370 ...
... 3 feet in diameter at widest point. The ability to make these is perplexing to me. It obviously started on a wheel, but I wonder how it was finished and with what tools. The next interesting thing, is one of the oldest writings that remains unsolved. The writings are on a clay disc, known as Pheastos disc. Both sides are filled, but there are debates as what they mean. It ...
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