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Nov 26, 2018 - Kolossi Medieval Castle

Heading out to the Akrotiri Peninsula on a primary route took us past Akrotiri salt lake, another important habitat for migratory birds on their annual Europe-Africa return trips. The route continued through pale dry hills dotted with scrub and olive trees, valleys of cultivated farms and past villages of whitewashed houses with red clay thigh-tile roofs. Once we left the main highway, we drove along roads that were variously aside vineyards, cut through orange plantations, or lined with bright pink bougainvillea. Our first stop was the...

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Nov 26, 2018 - St. Nicholas of the Cats

The Agios Nikolaos Ton Gaton Convent monastery is likely the oldest monastery on the island of Cyprus, as it is believed to have been founded in AD 327. However, it has not been in “operation” continuously. We visited a chapel built in the 14th century, abandoned in the 16th century and then reestablished in the 20th century - the early 1980s to be more specific. There was little to see other than a large courtyard, as the elderly nun who came out to sell the jams, pickles, religious icons and cat-themed trinkets on offer was not inclined...

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Nov 26, 2018 - Mosaics of Ancient Kourion

A settlement dating back to Neolithic times, Kourian is thought to have been more formally established in about the 13th century BC, when Mycenaean colonizers arrived. Through the ages, Kourian became an important city-kingdom and its ruins are considered the most impressive on the island. This despite disastrous earthquakes not uncommon in the region. Representing the Greco-Roman period from 2nd c BC through 2nd c AD is a completely restored theater, which was destroyed by earth-quakes in the 4th century. The other main attractions are...

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Nov 21, 2018 - Lemesos (Limassol)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Cyprus chapter Lemesos & The South has to say about Lemesos (Limassol): “Still known to many as Limassol, Lemesos is one of Cyprus’ most underrated cities. Although fringed on its eastern edge by a glut of bland-looking developments, the core is full of character. Wrapped around a castle, the historic centre radiates out in a web of lanes where old, shuttered houses and modern boutiques lie cheek by jowl. It’s an area buzzing with cafes, bars and restaurants that are as popular with...

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Nov 21, 2018 - Modern Sculptures in Limassol

On the way back to Larnaka from our short hike to Cyclops’ Cave we stopped to check out an attraction that caught our eye from the highway on the drive out. The only information about it in the Agia Napa International Sculpture Park in the Cyprus tourism booklet is that 16 sculptures were created by local and foreign artists during sculpture symposiums held 1999-2001. That information is way out of date - there are now over 50 artworks on site now. We even saw one sculptor in the process of creating another.. This free open-air museum on a...

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Nov 21, 2018 - Crusader Castle & Common Crafts

Limassol aka Lemesos (everyplace in Cyprus seems to have two names) was a nice city to break up our relocation from Larnaka to Paphos. Next up was a visit to the medieval castle in Limassol/Lemosos, which dates back to 1228. Like so many structures it too was built over an older edifice, in this case an earlier Byzantine castle. This castle would have been much larger in its original form and is believed to be where English King Richard 1 the Lionheart rescued and then married Berengaria of Navarre in 1191. Berengaria accompanied him on...

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Apr 16, 2012 - Limassol

Our last few days in Cyprus before flying out 7:30pm Wednesday, 18th to Kuwait. 4-16 Wiki Info Limassol Back to Limassol via Paphos/Pafos...interesting that all the Turkish buses we have taken had governors which presented them from going over 80km/hr(50mph) . In Greece and now Cyprus S the buses can go upwards of 100km/hr, very curious since the highways in most cases are of equal quality and likewise, the buses. In fact, I'd say the buses in Turkey overall are better. We had arranged to connect again with Valerie but we needed more info...

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Apr 13, 2012 - Lemesos or Limassol or ?

4-13 Friday the 13th, Mari's lucky day (she says, I think it's just a hoax!). Onward after a long pause - for us - going to Lemesos or Limassol or ?...very confusing here with at least 2 names for every town! Greek, Turkish, and sometimes ancient name when I try to Google or find info it seems no one can agree on just one name (sometimes even in the towns themselves!! Good to have these days 'off' to wash clothes, etc. even has been good getting rid of Mari's cold, I think her fits of coughing are over...good for all concerned. A walk...

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Apr 11, 2012 - Cyprus

You don't need to be a Facebook user to view the the Cyprus album, copy and paste the link https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151501802310707.833781.746395706&type=3&l=dc363065d1 Wednesday 11th April An early start this morning, we are up at 6am. The bus will be here at 6.45 to take us to the airport. Breakfast is a coffee and some of the carrots we got at the supermarket the other day. Reception calls to say the bus is here, and we head to the lifts, but the lift doesn’t come, again. Finally we give up waiting and Tony heads down...

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Jul 29, 2010 - Not allowed

From Egypt we made it to the English convention in Cyprus just in time. It felt like a mini-international convention because there were sessions in many languages. The main one was Greek, us English which included many Filipino sisters, Singhala from Sri Lanka, Arabic, Russian which included Bulgarian and Polish too. I learned that Cyprus was once a British colony so of course there were many from England. I quite enjoyed hearing the British accent in the talks. (And explains why they drive on the left side of the road.) There is even a...

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Apr 29, 2008 - Cyprus...and the Giorgio Taxi

So we arrive in Cyprus with no plan, no organized tour, and simply beautiful weather. We had an idea to just get off the boat and hire a cabbie to drive us around for the 4 hours we were to be on the island. We got off the boat, and we did just that. But, not only did we find a cabbie, we found Giorgio and his black stretch Mercedes Benz. He looked like Anthony Quinn and sounded like Telly Savales. He was cooler than cool, and he knew every nook and cranny of his island, and the history...HOLY COW!!!! The 5 of us piled in and were awaiting...

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Nov 28, 2007 - Limassol

The observant out there may have noticed that I flew to Cyprus. I didn't fully explain my rules before I set off on this overland trip - I'm allowed to fly return trips to get to places unreachable by overland modes of transport as long as it's a return trip. I will be flying back to Athens to pick up the overland journey where I left off. I reserve the right to change the rules when and as I like. My work here is done now, another drought busted, other parts of the world are calling.

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