olives

Olives

This is one of the many olives groves in Greece. We stumbled on this particular one because Google Maps insisted that there was a road between two towns, but as we quickly discovered, it started out as a road, then became a jeep track, and finally a thin path down into a farm somewhere. So while we got to see this wonderful olive grove, we were, in fact lost!

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Olive tree

It’s impossible to visit Greece and not see hundreds of Olive trees; no really – it is quite literally impossible. Olive trees grow just about everywhere. Sometimes we found ourselves walking through squashed olives that had fallen off a tree growing in the middle of the city, and in the country there are thousands of olive groves everywhere!

This particular grove was on one of my running routes in Vagia, Aegina; I ran past it several times, and to me it looks like the perfect spot to lay a blanket, and to sit and enjoy a picnic with some feta cheese, a few olives, and of course a carafe or two of Greek wine.

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Olive trees in Greece

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You cannot go anywhere in Greece without seeing an olive tree. They grow in the middle of the sidewalks in Athens, in people’s gardens, and in Olive Groves all over the landscape.

I found this particular olive grove just outside Vagia, a small village on the island of Aegina. There were probably about 20 olive trees – neatly spaces apart and well maintained.

It looks like the perfect spot to take a bottle of local wine, some cheese, a book and a blanket. Although I am sure that would have resulted in a grumpy landowner.

But still, a lovely spot to spend a few minutes.

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