Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tobacco and Ancient Aqueduct (25 Sept 2012)


The next morning, as we drove near the village of Polyanthos, we came across large fields of tobacco plant. At first, we did not know what type of plants they were. When we spotted a farmer and his wife working on one of the fields, we stopped and went to have a look. It was only when the farmer told us what it was that we knew. He was so excited to show us the simple machine he used to pull a string through the collected tobacco leaves, ready for drying out. 

Tobacco plant.

The farmer and his wife who showed us how they gathered tobacco leaves. Once plucked, the leaves are carefully slotted into long rectangular containers ready for the next stage. Watch the video below to see what they do next.

Gathering tobacco leaves

Once stringed, it goes in the back of the farmer’s pick up truck to be taken away to the next stage – drying out the leaves.

The seeds. 

The stringed tobacco leaves are then hung to dry on these simple low racks. This is the sun curing method to produce oriental tobacco, low in sugar and nicotine, typically used for cigarettes.

Tobacco leaves drying out

Tobacco leaves all dried out.

Orthodox church, near the town of Amaxades, approx. 7km east of Xanthi.

Village of Lefkopetra

Kavala city from the beach

Crystal clear waters rushing ashore from the Aegean Sea.

Another view of Kavala city

Aqueduct of Kavala, or Kamares, is part of an impressive water supply system for the walled city expanding over 6km north of the city. The water springs from the so called “Mother of Water” and run in an open channel over single and double tier water bridges in very scenic landscapes. The need to bridge the two ends between the peninsular and the hills across led to the erection of this impressive structure which dates back to the 16th century.

Our Sorento and the Aqueduct of Kavala

Kavala city with the Castle of Kavala located at the top of the hill, overlooking the city below.

Boats docking along the Bay of Kavala

Road signs in Kavala city. Straight ahead for Thessaloniki, our next destination.

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