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As we return home, we remember the beautiful times we had in Greece and Cyprus touring ancient monuments of beauty and culture, beautiful beaches, reconnecting with family and friends, making new friends, and the heartfelt hospitality anywhere we went. We will be back.

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Trip to Ayia Napa
August 112015

After a quick tour of Nicosia we headed for the South-East coast with the beautiful beaches and trendy bars.

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Good times with the Poullis clan in Nicosia. Families are growing, and the seeds are back safe (literally)!

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Another visit to memory-lane! We used to camp here, back in the late 80’s. Now, everything has changed, except of course the water and the rocks.

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Family Reunion, Zygi
August 82015

Quite the moving reunion. How not to! I saw cousins I haven’t seen for ages. I saw their kids that grew up. Spent the night with my daughter Aliki and her friend.
I love you all. It’s been awesome to see you all and reconnect.

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Going back to our unique camping spot at the Baths of Aphrodite area was both cleansing and moving. Takis Takkas is gone, but I could still feel his presence everywhere. His youngest daughter, now in her 30’s, was then only a newborn baby.

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Petra tou Romiou
August 72015

According to the legend, Petra tou Romiou (Πέτρα του Ρωμιού – Rock of the Greek) is the site of the birth of the goddess Aphrodite (aka Venus).

The present name Petra tou Romiou  associates the place with the exploits of the hero Basil as told in the Digenes Akritas. Basil was half-Greek (Romios) and half-Arabic, hence the name Digenes (two-blood). Legend tells that the Christian Basil hurled the huge rock from the Troodos Mountains to keep off the invading Saracens.

Petra tou Romiou is a famous Cyprus landmark, widely depicted on post cards and tourist brochures.

Petra tou Romiou

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Kourion (Greek: Κούριον) or Latin: Curium, is an ancient Greek city on the southwestern coast of Cyprus, the surrounding Kouris River Valley being occupied from at least the Ceramic Neolithic period (4500-3800 BCE) to the present. The most significant excavated remains on the acropolis of Kourion are dated to the Hellenistic to Early Byzantine periods. In the mid-1st century Christianity was introduced to Kourion, presumably by Saints Paul and Barnabas during Paul’s first missionary journey.

Despite the scorching heat at noon, we walk around the theater and enjoy the spectacular views of the sea shore below. In every corner Paress asks: “Daddy, is this new? Is that new?” She is pointing to the modern spotlights, to the modern stage, the aluminum rail bars. “No honey, there was no electricity back then, 2500 years ago”. I think she is now beginning to grasp the notion of 2500 years of history …

Ancient Theater, Kourion

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Kolossi Castle
August 72015

On our way to Aphrodite’s Baths, I couldn’t resist stopping by the Kolossi Castle in Limassol and offer Paress a unique opportunity to visit and actually enter a real castle!

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Kykkos Monastery
August 62015

Kykkos Monastery, founded around the end of the 11th century (Greek: Ιερά Μονή Κύκκου or Κύκκος), is one of the wealthiest and best-known monasteries in Cyprus. Big thanks to my dear cousin Marios for driving us there, up on the Troodos mountains.

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Mackenzie Beach in Larnaka was always beautiful. Now ever better, with a lavish bar scene!

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What a day! First live soccer match for Paress! Big “thank you” to my cousin Sophocles Poullis.

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We have arrived to my birthplace, the island of Aphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty. Cyprus, a golden – green leaf, thrown in the Mediterranean Sea…

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Back in Time
August 12015

Zografou, 30 years later. Time stood still. Scenes from my student years jumping out from every corner. Moving reunions with my cousin Helen and her family, as well as my buddy Spyros.

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Loutraki, Heraion
July 312015

Heraion, a place touched by Gods! I thought I was Greek. Now I am a Hellen.

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Amazing people, a children’s playground, friendships, family. Thank you all for opening your home for us and for your love. We are waiting for you back in Canada.

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On a sailboat to the island of Trizonia, then a ride through Nafpaktos and over the world-famous Rio-Antirrio bridge back to Aigion.

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At the town of Aigion
July 282015

We were thrilled to see our dear friends Fotis and Kaiti up at the picturesque town of Aigion.

One year went by since we had the privilege to host them in Canada, along with the rest of the gang, and they haven’t changed a bit!

First night Fotis prepared this incredible pork roast, out in his courtyard-with-a-view. A secret marinate (which belongs to the local butcher) and an amazing, meticulous, 4-hour cooking process made this THE BEST pork roast I ever tried. Ever. Hands down!

For day-2 at Aigion, Fotis had arranged a sailboat ride with a local friend to the beautiful islands of Trizone, right across Aigion. More on this day here.

Aigion

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Mission Accomplished! Paress has experienced The Rock. All the magic, the awe and the pride.

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Anabyssos Beach

Anabyssos Beach

Anabyssos Beach

July 252015

Sun. Light. People. Beach. Swimming. Greece.

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What lies around the bend

What lies around the bend

Pearson International Airport, Toronto ON, Canada

July 232015

Embarking on an epic journey. What lies around the bend?

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  • Back home. Mission Accomplished. Thinking of you, Greece and Cyprus

    Back home. Mission Accomplished. Thinking of you, Greece and Cyprus

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  • Trip to Ayia Napa

    Trip to Ayia Napa

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  • Reunion with the Poullis clan

    Reunion with the Poullis clan

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  • At Governor’s Beach with Aliki and Valentina

    At Governor’s Beach with Aliki and Valentina

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  • Family Reunion, Zygi

    Family Reunion, Zygi

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  • Baths of Aphrodite – A salute to an old friend

    Baths of Aphrodite – A salute to an old friend

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  • Petra tou Romiou

    Petra tou Romiou

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  • Ancient Theater, Kourion

    Ancient Theater, Kourion

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  • Kolossi Castle

    Kolossi Castle

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  • Kykkos Monastery

    Kykkos Monastery

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  • Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka

    Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka

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  • Paress attends her first live soccer match

    Paress attends her first live soccer match

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  • We have arrived in Cyprus

    We have arrived in Cyprus

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  • Back in Time

    Back in Time

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  • Loutraki, Heraion

    Loutraki, Heraion

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  • With family and friends at Kalyvia

    With family and friends at Kalyvia

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  • Trizonia, Nafpaktos, Rio-Antirrio bridge

    Trizonia, Nafpaktos, Rio-Antirrio bridge

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  • At the town of Aigion

    At the town of Aigion

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  • The Rock – The Akropolis

    The Rock – The Akropolis

    Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction

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  • Anabyssos Beach

    Anabyssos Beach

    Beach, F&F

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  • What lies around the bend

    What lies around the bend

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