A day in CyprusOctober 21, 2017 in Cyprus
We docked in Limassol Cypress around 9:30. The plan for the day is a guided bus tour we booked from home. There are instructions with pictures that we received by email on how to connect with Spanos, our tour company. It all works according to plan, and we are on our way about 10:15. First stop is a castle built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. It is not the most imaginative design I have seen in a castle. Basically square. Even so, it would have taken some time to construct as the walls are a metre thick and it is 22 meters tall.
Next stop is the archaeological site of Kourion dating back to pre Roman times. We saw stone mosaics and house foundations from before the birth of Christ. The Romans added to this area with an amphitheater later in time. It is all well preserved by having critical parts of the dig shaded with a canopy.
Continuing on to the city of Paphos, we saw some more mosaics at the House of Dionysos Mosaics. Sounds like add for bathroom tiles, but it's better than that. Again it predates Roman times, and all the designs are based on Greek mythology. There are generally no happy endings to these stories, and our guide Alexa is good at telling the sad tales. We ate lunch on the waterfront and the final stop is an old (ancient) church.
This was a good tour. Pretty old crowd on the bus, but I guess I fit in here too.Read more