Tourism

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.

The Journey from hell!

ON the 1st of March, I was due to fly from Birmingham to Larnaca, but there was snow, so getting to the airport was going to be tricky. I got to the Railway station in Northampton in good time, but the train was cancelled. The next train arrived half an hour later, it pulled away slowly then stopped half a mile out of Northampton for about 20 minutes, then proceeded at about 5MPH.

Just before it arrived at Long Buckby, it stopped again, this time for about 20 minutes, then it went on to the station. At this point, we were told that the journey from Coventry to Birmingham was cancelled, we had to get off at Coventry and wait for another train, which was also cancelled, the next one was half an hour later.

By the time I got to Birmingham Airport, the flight was stated as final call, I literally raced through security but still got to the gate too late, I had missed the flight. As this was nothing to do with the Airline, I had to buy another ticket for the next flight via Bucharest which was at 7pm, ten hours later.

 

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A trip to Dublin

A trip to Gorleston, Norfolk

Amsterdam

Venice

 

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.

I stayed at Cà Due Leoni, Sestiere Cannaregio 565, Venice. A beautiful family run hotel, not far from the Bus/Train station.

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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

Athens – Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos (Greek: Λυκαβηττός, pronounced [likaviˈtos]), is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant. 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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Greek Evzones

The origins of the traditional uniform that the Evzones wear are closely tied to Greek military history. In fact, the term can be traced all the way back to Homer’s time, which indicates that the Evzone soldiers were present in some capacity in Ancient Greece. Today, the Evzones take on a ceremonial role. One of their main duties is to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens. In many ways, their role is a symbolic one and their uniform is the very embodiment of Greece’s military legacy.

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