Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Cyprus, The home of Aphrodite

Well, if I were a Goddess, I'd also choose Cyprus for my own :)

We had a lovely (sunny!) time in Cyprus. Reading, swimming, reading, sun-bathing, reading, relaxing...

Two guesses where I am... Parasailing or sprawled on a lounger with my nose tucked in a book? But, wow, see how far people can walk out into the sea? The sea is so calm, I put to the test floating on my back without any effort. It works!

Went to see The Bath of Aphrodite. A small shaded pool within a cave...

Adonis's bath, on the other hand, is a large waterfall. Typical male! We tried to go there... navigated the death defying two mile gravel road wrapped around a cliff with the kids screaming at every corner, "We're going to die!" Couldn't turn around on the narrow road, otherwise we really would have died, and got to the bottom only to find them closing up for the day. Kids threatened legal action if we risked their lives again the next day, so never got to see Adonis's bath :)

Spent some more time on the beach. And yes, I'm wearing my bikini under the shorts and T-Shirt. Promise :)

And then we thought we'd better take in some culture, so visited the Tombs of the Kings

And then we found out we'd be spending an extra 9 days in Cyprus thanks to volanic ash shutting down European airspace.
Marooned on a mediterranean island!
What's a girl to do?

Go back to the beach of course!

The locals are so friendly. Once it became known we'd been stranded in Cyprus, they started bearing gifts. A bunch of vine leaves one day ~ I was too chicken to try and cook any traditional Cyprus dishes with the vine leaves, but the thought behind the deed was beautiful. Another day we found a huge bunch of bananas on our porch. Seriously, about 30 bananas on one bunch. Another day there were loquats (I think that's what the small yellow fruit is called)

Cats, Cats, Cats everywhere! Maybe it's something to do with the fact that Cyprus is an island, surrounded by a sea, filled with fish.

And then, unfortunately, it was time to go home. But not before another last trip to the beach


  1. I can't believe how BLUE the sea is! Looks gorgeous! And while you were suffering, marooned on an island, we were suffering the Second Flood (well, that's what the deluge of rain felt like).

    Loved Aphrodite's bath; pity about Adonis's bath, but don't blame your kids for threatening legal action. You're lucky there wasn't strike action!! :)

    Great post, Claire, sounds like a wonderful (extended) break!

  2. OOh and forgot to say - an island of cats! My kind of place!!!

  3. We had a wonderful time! And I put the cats in specially for you, Judes, knew you'd love them :)

  4. Melissa Johnson6 May 2010 at 02:42

    Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Cyprus looks like paradise. If you have to be marooned somewhere, then may it always be on a Greek island. And welcome back!

  6. Thanks Melissa and Romy. And Romy, do you recognise any of the places :)

  7. Oooh Claire I was just telling someone yesterday that I'd love to go back to Cyprus! One of my best holidays ever was there. Two weeks of bliss. And now ... we'll I'm just going to have to keep an eye out for specials during the world cup here in SA!

  8. I agree with it, as I think that it has some of the best site seeing and even the places where the people who are able to get together with each other.
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