Hotel Palazzo Arhontiko Apartments
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... just a little at the side of the road, as we climbed it steadily became deeper until it was about 2 feet deep, the road was clear of snow, but narrow in places. We stopped at the top of the hill to take a photo of the remains if a row of windmills built along the ridge. The wind was strong and bitterly cold as we trampled in the snow to get a good shot. We drove down a short way and then climbed again passing ...
... parking area we parked and walked the rest of the way by the side of the river. The cliff sides had large holes worn into them where the water had been thousands of years ago, it was quite impressive. Even on foot we still had to duck under branches and reeds bent over into short tunnels. As we neared the end of the canyon we turned around and retraced our steps. Back at the campsite we settled in for our last night ...
... 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 ...
... are a must, as an occasional olive comes flying at you face. After the tree is free of olives, nets are collected with branches, leaves and olives. They are taken to a hand sifter where most of the branches and some leaves are separated. The remaining olives and leaves mix, are put in 100 pound bags. We did 15 bags today, which is pretty good. After 9 hours of battling branches and waving this wand, carrying the bags and sifting for crete gold, I am tired and my shoulders are crazy ...
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 ...