Odds and Ends

In our travels through Greece we noted some things that were new to us and interesting or mildly entertaining. I’d like to share some of those things with you here.

In a main intersection in Kalamata, a bus had a flat tire. Traffic was tied up for hours.


Nine years before the 1986 earthquake which killed at least 20 people and injured about 300, the damage from previous earthquakes was evident. The fact that bottles could still stand upright on the shelving of this liquor store amazed me. Kalamata suffers many earthquakes. Say, is that Omar Sharif on the right?


Trucks with three wheels are common. Check out the licence plate.img265

And what a novelty to see horses and carts in among the motorized traffic in town.


The aroma of coffee roasting in an old style roasting machine had my mouth watering – nothing like that delicious smell if you’re a coffee drinker!


We were told that these giant jars were made to hold olive oil. The oil was for sale “on tap” at the local shops. Bring a jug and they’ll fill it for you.


There’s always something to see in Greece.

22 thoughts on “Odds and Ends

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Wouldn’t it!? We bought enough to use while we were camping but we really couldn’t load up on heavy things to bring home because the van would have to be sold before then and we’d have to carry whatever we didn’t sell or give away.


  1. Darlene Jones

    The Greece I saw wasn’t quite as rustic as this. In New Orleans on the plantation tour we saw huge jugs from Greece. We were told the olives and the olive oil they were sent in was dumped out and the jugs buried up to their necks (under the homes). They were then fitted with wooden tops and used for refrigeration as the water table was so high the earth was very cool.


    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I didn’t see jugs like this in the stores in Greece – only in the homes by the olive orchard. Hard to know exactly what the story was there because we didn’t make much progress learning more than the basics of Greek. Interesting about New Orleans.


    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I haven’t been back in all those years, but I think I might be disappointed in the changes. More people and less of the easy life, I would imagine. It was a different era in the late 70s.



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