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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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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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Loutraki, Heraion
July 312015

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

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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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  • Trip to Ayia Napa

    Trip to Ayia Napa

    Beach, Tourist Attraction, Vacation Spot

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  • Baths of Aphrodite – A salute to an old friend

    Baths of Aphrodite – A salute to an old friend

    Beach, F&F, Tourist Attraction, Vacation Spot

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  • Petra tou Romiou

    Petra tou Romiou

    Beach, Tourist Attraction

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  • Ancient Theater, Kourion

    Ancient Theater, Kourion

    Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction

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  • Kolossi Castle

    Kolossi Castle

    Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction

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  • Kykkos Monastery

    Kykkos Monastery

    Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction

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  • Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka

    Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka

    Beach, F&F, Tourist Attraction, Vacation Spot

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  • Loutraki, Heraion

    Loutraki, Heraion

    F&F, Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction, Vacation Spot

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  • Trizonia, Nafpaktos, Rio-Antirrio bridge

    Trizonia, Nafpaktos, Rio-Antirrio bridge

    Beach, Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction

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  • At the town of Aigion

    At the town of Aigion

    Beach, F&F, Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction

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  • The Rock – The Akropolis

    The Rock – The Akropolis

    Historical Monument, Tourist Attraction

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