After Dr. Alexander Elder’s Traders Camp in Cyprus 2005, a few of us who wanted to see the rest of the island threw in together and spent the next three days exploring. See earlier posts for descriptions of the class — this one is all about sightseeing.
Before leaving Platres, as a last trader’s camp activity, we hiked the local Mt. Olympus – the tallest peak in the Troodos range.
Our little traveling group of six enjoyed shopping at the mountain town of Omodos for gifts to bring home. We headed out on the road less traveled.
Since Cyprus is Aphrodite’s Island in Greek mythology, we dabbled in the foam at Aphrodite’s Birthplace. The radiant sea made it a gorgeous place, even without the goddess herself riding in on a seashell as in the Boticelli painting.
We stayed at the delightful St. George’s Hotel in Paphos.
As we headed out for dinner we explored a little church left unlocked. On the way back, someone’s wonderful Big, Fat Greek Weddingengulfed us.
The local pizzeria concocted a truly world menu: chicken curry pizza meze – Yum! I wish I had kept note of the name of the place.
Two noteable sights on the Paphos (western) side of the island drew our attention from the beach. The Tomb of Kings is an awesomely large and ornate archeology dig. Rather hot and dusty compared to the beach but worth seeing.
At the Port, an excavation of colorful tiled mosiacs illustrating myths and legends sparked my imagination.
With a last dinner out back in Larnaka, it was almost time to say goodbye to Cyprus.
After a long and eventful week, I spent a final solo day in Larnaka. All touristed out, I mostly stayed in and worked on my trading. My little Flammingo hotel which seemed so inviting at first now didn’t compare well to the ultra-civilized Forest Park or the contemporary beachfront St. George. Still restful though.
Many thanks to Maria, Jillian, Jim, Butch whose photos I used for the Cyprus section of the blog.