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Places to visit => Places to visit => Topic started by: Hilary on February 23, 2016, 05:04:18 PM

Title: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: Hilary on February 23, 2016, 05:04:18 PM
I always thought the name  Vocha, Βόχας, referred to the flat plain next to the sea west of Corinth.  Trying to find some information about the name it seems to refer to the low lying hills behind the plain also.  The farmers on the plain grow oranges and lemons and in the, not too distant, past a great deal of apricots.
The higher ground is given over to grape vines  and olive trees.
Here are a couple of photos of an olive grove last Sunday
Title: Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: JTh on February 23, 2016, 06:14:50 PM
Is everything very early this year? What you show here is what we normally see in April in Halkidiki. I have seen so many photos of wild flowers from Greece the last month which I did not expect to see this early.
Title: Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: Umbrian on February 24, 2016, 07:58:46 AM
Well here in Italy where the winter, so far, has been very mild, the garden and the birds think it is spring.
Many plants are flowering much earlier than usual, primroses and violets in abundance everywhere and in the garden Mimosa, Coranilla glauca, Jasmine mesnyi, Clematis armandii....not to forget some Erigeron karvanskianus left untrimmed last year. Am trying to enjoy the display whilst I can, who knows what March might bring.
Title: Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: Hilary on February 24, 2016, 12:08:29 PM
Well it certainly looks as if spring has arrived.
If there are so many flowers now I don't know what we will find to make a May Wreath when the time comes!
Title: Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: Hilary on February 24, 2016, 12:37:33 PM
More  photos from Vocha
A vineyard knee deep in wild flowers.
A view from higher up over the area with its vineyards, olive groves and the village of Kalentzi.
The Gulf of Corinth is visible to the left and, with a bit of imagination, the Saronic Gulf can also be seen to the right of Akrokorinthos
Title: Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: Umbrian on February 24, 2016, 01:20:35 PM
Found these out of season flowers today, the surprises never stop.
Title: Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: Hilary on February 25, 2016, 08:37:27 AM
An orchard of fruit trees in blossom near Kalentzi  at the end of February.
I can't decide just which tree they are. Are they apricot trees, cherry trees or what?
Would someone please enlighten me?
Title: Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
Post by: Hilary on May 14, 2022, 05:50:11 AM
 A VENETIAN AQUADUCT NEAR ASSOS, CORINTHIA
This aqueduct was built during the time of the second Venetian rule of the area, 1687-1715. We heard about it recently and on May 1st went in search of it

 Because the water bridge is built within a river bed it is not visible from the road. Access to the bridge is either down a gravel path or a wandering walk through an olive grove. I took the walk through the olive grove and we were both suitably impressed when we caught sight of the bridge.
There were wild flowers growing around the piers and even in the holes which had been used for the wooden scaffolding. There were also some wild flowers growing in the bed of the river which was dry when we saw it but must have held rainwater in the winter