Today, I had the pleasure of being taken to a village called Koilani, in the Troodos mountains to meet a man called Apostolos Giannakas. He is exactly the type of person I am looking for to participate in my ‘Cypriot Diaspora’ videos.
He left the village at 12 years old and went to Limassol to go to school then in 1955 aged just 18 he left for the UK. He was met by an Uncle at Victoria station who took him to Bradford where he lived for 2 years before moving down to London.
Today, Cyprus celebrates its 56th year as an independent state. Cyprus had officially gained its independence from the British rule on August 16, 1960, when the agreements for the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus were signed. Continue reading
This was taken at a family engagement party, just outside Nicosia. The photographer just vanished and all I had was my Samsung Galaxy S5, so I tried to capture as much video as I could and then make the best of it.
The first inhabitants were shepherds coming from the nearby villages Panayia, Ayios Nicolaos and Ayia Marina. The residents of these villages had to leave the shore to escape from the Arabs and to find rescue on the mountains, together with their animals. Continue reading
Romantzo restaurant is a beautiful restaurant sitting right on the harbour in Ormidhia, with a beautiful view of the Cyprus fishing boats going out to sea, Romantzo captures the true essence of Cyprus. They have a traditional menu and have a large function room for weddings, Christenings, Fashion shows and parties.
In the unlikely event that you are struggling to find things to do in Cyprus, consider taking a day trip to the village of Lefkara. It sits on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains at an altitude of about 600 metres and, with its red-tiled roofs and ochre walls of local stone set against the backdrop of the hazy blue peaks, is incredibly scenic.
The healthy climate of Lefkara, the hospitality of its people, the tradition of the embroidery craft and the unspoilt Cypriot naturalness and simplicity, are some of the many reasons why thousands of people from around the world come to visit, and it is undoubtedly one of the top attractions in Cyprus. Continue reading
Along a back-road out of Larnaca, heading inland, there is a remote little village called Avdellero, on the outskirts of this village, on route to Athienou, there is small farm owned by a man called Nikos.