Southern Cyprus, Again

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

50 weeks ago, I did something that pissed Lucy off. I went one country in front of her, and for the last 50 weeks, I have had to listen to her, how she needed to catch up, I even threw new countries in her face, but that didn't help, all she wanted to do was get level, and as her birthday was coming up, she went and made the decision, bought the flights, and finally, she was going to Cyprus.
 
Now I'm not going to bore you all with a repeat of what I saw, well maybe a little, so here is a story of Cyprus, the real Cyprus, the Greek cyprus.
 
Day 1
 
Once again, we stayed in Limasol, same place, it was good. We had a quick run around there, seeing the fort and the mosque, but there is not much really there to see.
 
Day 2
 
First up was Kourion, it was good, but it amazed us that 8 coaches came and went whilst we were there. They only saw the villa and theatre, they missed the best mosaics !!! Pafos was quite horrid again, but the mosaics are good. This time we visited the fort, good views of the water !!! The Royal Tombs had not changed, actually I missed some last time, so it was good to return. We kept driving till we hit the far left corner, and there it was, Aphrodite's pool. Small, uninteresting, but there were two eels in it !!!
 
To get back we decided to go across the mountains. For over two hours, we drove, saw a beautiful sunset, watched the petrol guage go down, so I was a little worried. Eventually, as we neared Troodos, the snow was up to our knees, ice on the road, but our little shitter kept going. Once over the top, it was all down hill to a tavern with a meze for dinner
 
Day 3
 
It was a public holiday, so there was nobody on the road. Once parked, we walked the traditional way in, over the old Ledra Palace Road entrance, where we entered the part of Cyprus that believes it is another country, had a piece of paper stamped, and entered. Nicosia, Lefkosia, Lefkosa, really is special. The North is old, no Western decadence here, just churches, converted into mosques by the Ottomen, kind of special, especially St Sophia. So nice, sitting nearly in the centre, standing out like dogs balls !!! Lucy was interested more in the Green Line, so we followed it as much as possible. It was interesting looking through the cracks, seeing the old disused buildings. We tried to take many photos, but many a time, guns were thrust our ways.
 
A week after I left Cyprus, the two sides got together and opened up Lidras street. Its in the centre and goes from the North to the South. As we left the other side, and re-entered Cyprus, once again, we were back in Westyville. Starbucks, McDonalds and all that other shit. Had I missed it for a couple of minutes? God no !!! We followed the Green line on this side as well, just as impressive. We also went up a tower, to look from above, and as I said before, St Sopia the mosque stood out, above all.
 
Day 4
 
Back into the Troodos moutains we went. Once up the top, the snow was bucketing down, so Lucy ran around, celebrating her birthday. Once in, we drove down to Kykkos Monastery. Still the largest, quite new compared to the others, but still nice. The paintings are amazing, but I still don't understand them. The majority of churches are locked up, but there always is St Nikolaos. Simply beautiful the paintingss in there. I saw last year, and once again it reminded me of the churches in Romania. Lucy took a sneaky photo. Oh well, it was her birthday !!! As it got later, we ended up in a little town with another old church, but this time, somebody had rung the caretaker. The paintings were amazing. We were so lucky.
 
Back in town, the red wine flowed, like there was no tomorrow.
 
Day 8
 
The rest of the days are another story, but on the last day, we saw Larnaca. I took Lucy to the fort and then the mosque. A local came in and said no photos, but it was all to late !!! We went into Agios Lazaros, but old Lazarus still had not returned. Nice church though. On the way to the airport, we visited the church at Kiti which has an amazing old mosaic, and last but not least, the Hala Sultan Tekkesi mosque. I couldn't find it last time, and inside there is a nice shrine,
 
And then it was over, we were on our way back to the UK
 
And Finally
 
It was good to come back and see a few things in the normal Cyprus, but as I have said before, the wine, oh the wine, you just cannot beat the wine from a Med country !!!
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