The Monastery of Aghios Neofytos in Tala, Paphos

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Trip End Feb 06, 2011


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Flag of Cyprus  , Paphos,
Monday, January 31, 2011

New Plans....another destination.


Angelo left for Larnaca yesterday late in the afternoon. Costa has an appointment in Paphos this morning and I have much time to get my things ready until Costa comes to drop me to my next destination.

When I finish everything I thought to call the lady with whom I had arranged to meet early this afternoon and tell her that we might reach the hotel a bit late.

To my surprise somebody else answers telling me that the lady is on her way to Larnaca and that she is flying to Germany in a couple of hours.

At first I cannot comprehend what I hear, - a misunderstanding probably? I will have to check this out when I get back to Greece, but this again I think will give me the opportunity to see my relatives and friends in Limassol.

I hang down the receiver and start arranging where to spend the two nights and whom to see.



I have a dear Aunt in Limassol whom I promised to visit when I come to Cyprus in January. When I booked and arranged everything I had in mind my Aunt and I felt guilty that I did not spare a single day to see her.

So when this happens instead of feeling nervous I felt well as it would be unfair for my friends and relatives if I leave again without seeing them.



When Costa comes home I tell him the news over lunch.  Our plans have changed completely now, so he is taking me to Paphos instead, to pick the urban bus to Limassol. We have each a cup of coffee before closing the door behind us.



We set off leaving behind Drynia heading towards Paphos now, and my dear cousin has another surprise for me……

He tells me that since we pass through the village of Tala he is taking me to the Monastery of Agios Neofytos.  Tala is a large suburban village about 6 km from the centre of Paphos, and it is one of the most popular villages where foreigners have bought many estates and either live permanently or have their summer homes here. How thankful I am to Costa!  I have never passed through this route or even if I have in the past, the place is so different now.  Back then there were just fields and rocks.



We reach the Monastery and I cannot believe what I see. There are so many cats in the premises. A place where the monks bothered to put a sign recommending exactly where the cats should be fed! How nice! I love cats and have always had cat pets at home.



I leave Costa at the café and I head upwards for the Monastery.

Every time I am here in this place I remember that 'awful night' for me back then.  I was a child and we had come with my parents and some friends to stay over the night. I have always been afraid of the sight of a dead person, and that particular night, the prior of the monastery had died (see the statue in my photos) and his body was laid on the ground the whole of that evening unburied covered with flowers exactly at the same place where the statue is today.



I was so scared the whole of that evening as we were given a cell to spend the night which was very near the church entrance…..at least this is what I thought.  The worst of all was when I had to go to the bathroom that night and I had to walk all the way, pass very near the dead body, to get to the toilet which was somewhere out in the garden. Of course my Mum or Dad…I cannot remember was accompanying me but still I was so scared! My whole body was trembling!



Anyway, back to this day…. I meet Costa again at the café and we drive off towards Paphos. He drops me at the station. I cannot find words to thank him for the 3 wonderful days we spent together and the great hospitality that I had. I have still 45 minutes for the bus but I tell Costa not to wait for me but leave to get some rest.

I did not understand how fast the time passed because I was talking with some tourists the whole of this time who were asking me questions about Cyprus. So I am heading for Limassol to meet my friend who is coming to pick me up from the bus station.

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venoth
venoth on

Beautiful monastery, indeed very thoughtful what the monks are doing for these animals.

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