According to the locals, this has been an unusually cold and snowy winter. While snow is common at higher elevations, it's quite rare to witness snow-covered olive trees, which grow at lower elevations. Thankfully, the worst of the cold and snow came in February, after the bulk of the olives had already been harvested.
We took advantage of the unusual weather to take some photos and videos around Sparta. Below are a few and the rest are on our Flickr page.
Each time I visit the village, I relish the opportunity to flip through my grandmother's old photos. I happened upon quite a few gems, including photos of my late grandfather and the beloved mustard-yellow pickup truck.
The pickup in action!
Pappou and me about 35 years ago.
A few other select photos
Snow on olive trees is a once-a-decade occurrence.
Beach day. Thankfully, stoneware bottles don't mind cold temps.
Spartan-style fertilizer and weed-control. And, lawn-mowers. Multipurpose sheep.
The ancient Spartan acropolis and the modern city in the background. Note the olive trees in between.