Given that we had just had a bit of a heatwave in the UK, I did wonder at how wise it was to visit Cyprus in the middle of August. Friends who had visited in October had found it quite hot enough, so I was slightly concerned. As it was, I needn't have worried. Our spell of hot weather may have acclimatized us somewhat, air conditioning and sea breezes took care of the rest. We had a wonderfully relaxing 10 days. Cyprus was beautiful, the locals friendly and helpful, and the vegan food lovely (although, I might give hummus and falafel a wide berth for the next few weeks!). It is, however, the 'home of halloumi', so we felt that we slightly missed out there.
Here then are a few photos, chosen at random, from our trip:
The view from our balcony:
On our last day, R woke me up at 5am to watch a bat flitting round. By the time I had staggered out the bat had disappeared, but I did get to have a cup of tea whilst watching the sunrise:
Kato Pafos Archaeological Park. The mosaics in the Roman villas are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
E loves lizard spotting:
Watching paragliders at sunset:
Buyuk Han - a former Ottoman inn, now a central courtyard featuring craft shops and cafes:
We drove into the mountains to see the famous Troodos painted churches. These unassuming little buildings with their treasury of Byzantine religious art also have UNESCO World Heritage status:
Vegan ice cream!
We seriously challenged our hire car by driving miles along rutted tracks to reach Lara Bay. The beach here is frequented by loggerhead turtles.
Kourion - our favourite ancient city in Cyprus. We arrived late in the afternoon to avoid the heat, and stayed until after sunset when the site closed. There were beautiful mosaics, Roman Baths, an amphitheatre, stadium and more villas than you could shake a stick at.
Bouzouki and Tapas night at our local taverna. The owner even arranged for vegan tapas to be made especially for us.
The evening ended with plate smashing and Greek dancing - although, I'm not posting those particular photos!
Historic Limassol, Cyprus' second largest city. The ancient medieval core was fun to explore and when we got too hot, we sat outside of this gorgeous cafe and enjoyed frappes.
On our last day on the way to the airport, we popped into Ancient Amathous to get a last fix of ruins.
Toodle pip for now. x