Into the Mountains

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Saturday, March 22, 2008

For a little island, there are some great things to see, but also they have mountains, and when I questioned Serge who is better known as Kenny Roger's father, he told me to go and enjoy a day of monasteries. But life is hard, especially after too much red wine. Fuck it was good wine, and I couldn't stop, hopefully the powers that be that run these monasteries will help me through the day !!!

The drive was lovely, all the way to the top of Mount Olympos. There was loads of snow about in the shade, but all the lifts were packed up and ready to be stored away. After many bends, I arrived at my first Monastery
 
Monasteries
 
They say that Kykkos is the richest one in the mountains. The Church was nice, covered in frescoes, but no photos were allowed. Out in the balconies, I was allowed to shoot to my heart contents. There were loads of stories which I didn't understand, but I did see one of a ship being built, animals being lead, and then ending up on a mountainside, so I take it that was the story of Noah !!! Outside, I became weak and bought wine. Trust me, it's nice red wine here, very nice, very very nice !!! BELIEVE ME !!!
 
The Agios Ioannis Lambadistis looked great from outside, but there was a sign on the door saying no photos !!! Anyway, it was locked up and looked like it was not going to open in the next five. So I walked out and looked at the village clinging to the side of the mountain. It reminded me of the villages in either India or Nepal, but these people have more money. Actually, in my opinion, the people here are more genuine. Down on the coast, they are mainly young ones, whilst here, they are old, clinging to the old ways, oh that's right, I'm old and I drone on and on and on !!!
 
Down some dirt roads, because the distance was shorter but longer in time, oh well, who cares ayway, I ended up at the Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis. As usual, there was the no photos sign, but that was ok, so I took it all in. The frescoes were up to 997 years old. A woman who was sitting there, gave me a running description. She was very impressive so I did the right thing and left a donation.
 
Around some more bends. down a one way street the wrong way even !!! This didn't impress some locals, such is life !!! And then I found the Panagia tis Podythou. Once again there were meant to be more frescoes, but it was locked up as well. It was a little disappointing.
 
There was only one thing to do, so I did it. I headed back to Limassol, ate some food and then started on the wine, because Cyprus really does produce some good wines
 
And Finally
 
The mountains were lovely, full of monasteries/churches everywhere, but it was hard trying to find these as Cyprus isn't very well signposted, still it had been a good day, and an even better night was ahead !!!
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