Cyprus

Cyprus Drives Vavatsinia to Agoi Vavatsinia

Leaving Limassol on the road to Nicosia, about half way there is a turning by the Mcdonalds that leads to the village of Lefkara, then goes on to Vavatsinia. After that, the road to Agoi Vavatsinia is a narrow windy road, perfect for a high speed video.

This was taken using a GoPro mounted with a high strength suction mount at the very front of the bonnet, giving an uninterrupted view. I then edited the footage and increased the speed by 400%, creating the exciting an dramatic video.

Larnaca Time Lapse

I visit Larnaca frequently, it is my second home. There are some amazing sites around Larnaca, some old, some new. I’ve always liked the scenery and thanks to my GoPro’ I can easily make time lapse anytime. This is one of the first.

Cyprus Pride 2017

Sunday 28th May, saw the fourth Cyprus Pride event take place, in Nicosia, Cyprus. I attended this one as well as last year, to support friends, to support the cause and to take photos and video.

Cyprus’ fourth Pride Parade kicked off in Nicosia on Sunday under the auspices of President Nicos Anastasiades and Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis.

 

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Cape Greco & Sea Caves

Cape Greco, also known as Cavo Greco (Italian for “Greek cape”; Greek: Κάβο Γκρέκο) and Poyraz Burnu in Turkish, is a headland in the southeastern part of the island of Cyprus. It is at the southern end of Famagusta Bay and forms part of Ayia Napa Municipality.

It lies between the towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras, both of which are popular tourist resorts. It is frequently visited by many tourists for its natural beauty. It is a protected nature park. From the high points on the cliff that rests at the cape one can view amazing sights out to sea.

 

 

According to local legend, it is also the home of the ‘Ayia Napa sea monster’.

Cape Greco is a National Forest Park with unique flora and fauna and is under the administration of the Forestry Department of the Cyprus Ministry of the Interior.

There are many caves along the coastline from Agia Napa to Cape Greko National Park. Many people come here to snorkel and the locals come here before the crack of dawn to fish. The Palace caves and the Smugglers caves are deep passages in to the cliffs which are only accessible from the sea. Some extend as deep as 240 feet in to the rock.

During calm seas and at low tide it is possible to swim and even walk in to most of them. Although they have a rock-strewn environment the waters are wonderfully clear. Boat trips regularly pass by daily. There are spots of deep water amongst the rocks where spirited folks engage in the extreme sports of cliff diving/jumping

A trip to the farm

Leaving Larnaca on the road to Nicosia, there is a village of Avdellero signposted. From this village, there is an old road to Athienou ( see map below)  and just 2/3 miles before Athienou, there is a farm owned by a friend of mine called Nikos.

Nikos is now in his 80s and he even remembers my grandfather who died in 1958. I stumbled across the farm one day when I stopped to admire some Goats he had in an enclosure at the front.

Nikos arrived while I was there and we got talking and that’s when I discovered that he knew all my family and friends. Since then, I always make a point of visiting Nikos at the farm every time I am in Cyprus, my daughter loves to see the animals too.

Although I have posted about this farm before, I took more video footage on this visit and decided to share it with you.

 Nikos at the farm.

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Costa Erimoudi Winery – Koilani

On a recent trip to the village of Koilani, in the Troodos mountains, to interview a friend, I was then fortunate enough to be taken to a local winery just outside the village called the ‘Costa Erimoudi Winery’

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Η Πέρδικα (Partridge)

When I visited Agoi Vavatsinia, I met a lovely couple who were from the village of Vasileia, which is a few miles west of Kyrenia. ‘Kostis & Avgousta’ have been together since 1957 and clearly love each other to bits. When they arrived at the restaurant where we were due to meet, they were holding hands! It was one of the sweetest sights I have ever seen.

I spoke to them quite a bit during the day and watching them was really amazing, since the day the got married, he calls her his ‘Πέρδικα’ (Partridge) We were sat outside drinking coffee and Avgusta was inside talking to the ladies, after a little while (less than half an hour) Kostis got up and mumbled something about wondering where Avgousta is! Continue reading

The people of Vasileia & Vavilas meet again after 56 years.

A few miles to the west of Kyrenia, there is a village called Vasillia, and nearby another by the name of Vavillas. During the 50s & 60s, many people not only fled their village, but also Cyprus due to poverty. Then, after the invasion by Turkey in 1974, these villages along with many others were ethnically cleansed, forcing the residents to scatter all over Cyprus and beyond.

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Machairas Monastery

The Monastary

This is such a beautiful place, it’s not just somewhere you see, it’s somewhere you actually feel. There is a unique tranquility to the whole area, a small church sits just outside the monastery itself, then there is the actual monastery itself. within the grounds there is a wonderful view of the entire valley. There is an enormous statue of Grigoris Afxentiou, who died there in March 1957. Continue reading

Loukmades – Honey Balls

As you leave Larnaca airport, heading west towards the village of Kiti, at the village of Meneou, there is a trailer on the left that makes the most diving ‘Loukmades’ (Honey Balls) you will ever have.

In Greece, loukoumades are commonly spiced with cinnamon in a honey syrup and can be sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar. Loukoumades are a traditional Greek dessert with roots in deep antiquity, although some disagreement exists over which historical Greek honey-cake is the ancestor of the modern loukoumas, whose present name is borrowed from Arabic via Turkish. The candidate most frequently mentioned as being prepared with hot oil is enkris, which is described below along with other postulated ancestral honey-cakes.

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