Thursday, August 30, 2012

AlphabeThursday - O is for Olive

olive trees (left) and vineyard (right) on our drive northeast into the Dolemites

When we went to Italy in May, I saw olive trees and grapevines everywhere.  Along the side of the road and in every yard.  I kid you not!  It was absolutely amazing.  I had forgotten how popular olives were in the Mediterranean Basin.  Fresh olives were sold in bags at the grocery store.  They were delicious - way better than canned.  And we ate them at every meal (also wine!)

olive tray from Siena
During half of our trip, we took day trips to neighboring cities from our homebase, on the border of Tuscany and Umbria.  I bought this little olive tray when we went in Siena.  It was neat to see all the artists, handpainting pottery when we were there.  In more than one shop.  I should have bought a larger tray, since I love to eat olives... 

terraced olive trees
Here is a view of our modern villa, where we stay for about five days.  Note the olive trees on the slope, in front of the house.    

overlooking the valley from Cortona
You might have seen this photo before; it's a view from Cortona, one of my favorite cities, overlooking the valley. Those are olive trees in the foreground on the right and an olive orchard behind the monastery.  


Hope you enjoyed another AlphabeThursday tour through Italy.  You can visit other blogs and see what Letter O word they chose, at the link party on Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent...

15 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Maybe that's how I'll get Jesse to take me to Italy...he loves green olives :)
That view is spectacular!!!

edenhills said...

So beautiful! You've made me want to become a world traveler.

ellen b. said...

Such a beautiful country to visit. My husband would enjoy sampling olives. How wonderful that you could visit all these places!

BeadedTail said...

Such beautiful scenery! I want to like olives so bad but I just don't. I've tried and tried but blech. I don't like salt so if they can make them taste like chocolate or something sweet maybe that'd help!

Nancy said...

I love olives too! That photo is simply breathtaking!

Karen S. said...

I don't really like to eat olives...but I love where they are grown! Lovely photos!

It's All Connected said...

Lucky you to see all that! The little dish is a wonderful keepsake. ~ Maureen

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Oh I would love to sample fresh olives! I probably wouldn't stop until the tree was bare!!

anitamombanita said...

I love love love Sienna and Tuscany and fresh olives! Thanks for bringing back the memories of the times I've visited there!

Emille said...

Can't wait to go to Italy to paint in Tuscany! The valley of O. is gorgeous!

Gattina said...

Yes, that's the South, Olive trees are as commun as apple trees here ! In Southern France too !

AmyBird said...

When I went to the Greek Islands, there were so many olive trees there too :) Great 'O' post! :D

Rose said...

How neat to see olives growing like that!

Jenny said...

We have olive groves here in Arizona. There is a mill where you can buy fresh pressed...and it is delicious.

However.

The view and the countryside is nothing like the one you shared!

I would really love visiting an outstanding olive growing place like this!

Sorry. I struggled with "O's" for my comment!

Thanks for linking.

A+

Catherine OurVillageIs said...

My grandmother was Italian, and she had bowls of olives out before every meal. :)

I love the photos.

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