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Paphos

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  • Day22

    Paphos Afternoon

    January 30 in Cyprus ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Had a bit of crazy weather as we moved from Kourion to Aphrodite's Rock outside of Paphos. The skies darkened. We'd heard the prediction of rain, and rain it did, along with some lightning. The only thing we could do was cross our fingers that the weather would dry out quickly before our next destination. What looked like wet snow on the window was not promising, but it did clear up soon enough.

    We pulled over on the road by some cliffs overlooking the beach where Aphrodite's Rock was located. Depending on which legend you hear, you'll find different reasons to swim out to and around Aphrodite's Rock. One version has to do with love while another of course is youth and beauty. You could also find true love, supposedly, if you find a heart shaped pebble on the beach. I'm admittedly guilty of picking up a few pebbles here, one sort of heart shaped, but nothing like what a fellow traveler found. Got too distracted at one point on the beach and didn't make it further along. Oops...perhaps I shall return here on a previous trip.

    The city of Paphos is the smallest on Cyprus I believe. Now that I'm here, I'm really glad I decided to make Limassol my base instead of Paphos and flying out from here. There's a few sights to see like the Saint Solomoni catacombs where she was first imprisoned for her faith, the tortured and killed. There's a large tree as well with numerous ribbons of cloth tied here. The ribbons represent prayers and hope for a cure for those who are ill. One person even tied on baby shoes.

    Onwards to St Paul's Pillar where the apostle was flogged, it's near a site with ruins of past churches, although a small one still stands today. Perhaps the biggest highlight of Paphos was the Archaeological Park. Filled not only with ruins, but also some stunning mosaics remaining from earlier times. The House of Dionysos is supposed to contain the best, but I think the best one is located at the House of Theseus. It's definitely worth exploring here for an hour or two.

    Time flew and we had to leave before we could see more of Paphos. I'm glad I took this tour as it helped make it an easy and focused day, not to mentioned a few sites like Aphrodite's Rock that would've been challenging to get to on my own.
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  • Day7

    Den7

    December 27, 2018 in Cyprus ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Malo nam dnes prsat. Neverili sme tomu, tak sme sa vybrali objavovat najcennejsie archeologicke vykopavky Cypru. Hned jak sme dorazili k archeologickemu arealu, zacalo liat. A lialo tak, ze sme teda ako spravni europania isli shoppingovat. Za par hodin nakupene, sak boli Vianoce. Prsat medzitym prestalo. Vratili sme sa k archeologickemu vyzitiu. Asi po 30 minutach sme si povedali, ze keby takuto historiu vykopali v Nemecku, chodili by sme tam po dlazdenom chodniku a vsetky artefakty by boli ukryte pod strechou. Ale tu sme chodili po kaluziach a na tie vsetky stopy minulosti prsalo a ludia po nich dupali. Co uz, aspon vieme, ze cerpanie EU penazi aj tu funguje podobne, ako to dobre pozname z domoviny. Videli sme tu nadherne rucne robene mozaiky z 2-3 storocia a dejiny ako z knihy historie. Staroveki greci, rimania, kriziacke vypravy, benatcania atd..Mohol by som pokracovat novymi dejinami az po 2.sv. vojnu. Boli tu odjakziva v centre svetoveho diania a su nato pomerne pysni.
    Po hodinach chodenia prisla konecne burka, ktoru nam predpovedali. Prsalo mocne, az potoky cervenej zeminy, na ktorej sa tu rodi uzasne vino stekali do mora. My sme samozrejme uz pozorovali dazd cez vinne pohare 🥂.
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  • Day10

    Den10

    December 30, 2018 in Cyprus ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Slnko hned z rana pecie. Nasa prva zastavka su Hrobky kralov. Je to cintorin plny rucne vytesanych hrobov do kamena, ale paradoxne nie pre kralo, ale pre bohatych mestanov a uradnikov. Pochovavalo sa tu takto dlhe storocia za Grekov, Rimanov, Rannych krestanov. Je to otvoreny areal pri pobrezi bez pristreskov, v lete tu musia turisti odpadavat od tepla. Cestou naspat do mesta sa D rozhodla, ze bude soferovat. 3min na parkovisku natrenovala automaticku prevodovku a vyrazili sme do ulic. Paradne dosoferovala az do hotela a uznala, ze toto soferovanie v lavo je len pre blaznov.
    PS.: prednost z lava stale nevieme, ci sa tu uznava!
    Na hoteli sme este vyuzili silne slnecne luce pri bazene.
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  • Day8

    Pafos

    October 10 in Cyprus ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Heute stand dann Sightseeing incl. Kultur in Pafos auf dem Programm. Als viertgrößte Stadt auf Zypern, hat die Stadt ca. 30000 Einwohner. Das selbe kommt nochmal hinzu wenn man das Umland mit einrechnet. Ausserdem ist sie Verwaltungssitz des Distrikt Pafos. Gegründet um 600 v.C. hat sie einiges an Geschichte zu bieten. Aber auch neues gibt es genug zu erkunden z.B. das neue Shopping Center. Abschluss des Tagesausflug war im Restaurant "Muse". Von hier hat man einen guten Blick auf die Stadt und kann so auch die große Ausdehnung des Stadtgebiets erkennen.Read more

  • Day6

    Final from Paphos Mystery

    October 8 in Cyprus ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Heute Morgen standen noch "kleine" Erledigungen in Sachen Cachen an. Um nix zu verraten haben wir diese Lokation gewählt um dem Bericht eine Heimat zu geben. In Wirklichkeit ging es erst ca. 25 km raus aus Paphos, anschließend wieder rein nach Paphos um 20 min später wieder raus zufahren. Was nimmt man nicht alles in Kauf um seinem Hobby zu frönen. Aber was sollen wir sagen wir waren erfolgreich.Read more

  • Day167

    Paphos at sunset

    February 18, 2016 in Cyprus ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    After a lovely walk along the coastal path from our hotel to the harbour, we stopped to watch the local fishermen catch their dinner (a squid/cuttlefish hybrid which aparently makes great calamari!) whilst the sunset dramatically behind them.

  • Day4

    Cape and Paphos ArchaeologicalPark

    May 5, 2018 in Cyprus ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    So today we headed back out towards Polis but at Pegia we turned off for the Agios Georgios Basilica. This was right out on the coast and was a late Roman /early Byzantine site. Still had some nice mosaics left and what looks like a baptismal pool...that drained the water into a Roman tomb! There were ancient rock cut tombs too according to the map but they were far down towards the road. Some interesting pot sherds left in the path rubble too.

    After wandering around this we headed back to Paphos for lunch, followed by a look at the archaeological Park. Lunch was good: a big avocado salad in a cafe by the sea. Danny did get twitchy though when the slightly harried waitstaff were a bit slow in coming to take our orders.

    After lunch we thought we would have a quick look at the archaeological Park before heading back to the hotel and pool. It rapidly became apparent that the site was enormous and an hour was going to do it no justice. This site was the chief city up until 3rd C CE when it was damaged by earthquakes and replaced by Salamis in the North. Still we walked around and looked at various beautifully preserved mosaics. First of these were at the house of Aion which had a 4th C roman mosaic made of five panels. The house of Dionysius had even more beautiful mosaics including an ancient hellenistic one made of pebbles showing Scylla. We failed to do the site justice in the limited time we allowed and so we plan to return on Wednesday as we can get here without a car.

    Back to the hotel for some reading and swimming time. Also a mohito by the pool...

    Then dinner, I had done some research on the best places to eat nearby and we ended up in Suite48. Unfortunately the music here was a bit loud byt the staff turned it down on request... But sadly one of the staff members kept going back and putting the volume back up which irritated a couple of people. Fortunately the food was good so that was some compensation.
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  • Day7

    Maa and closed sites...

    May 8, 2018 in Cyprus ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    After last night's terrific storm I had hoped to wake to blue skies but sadly in the morning the sky was the colour of a bruise and the thunder was still rumbling. Soon it was pouring again and the hotel terraces were awash. Unsurprisingly this meant breakfast was indoors and there was a distinct shortage of tables. After breakfast we spent some time musing on next year's trip though the April wedding replay is throwing out the planning. Much tooing and froing but eventually it looks like being the peloponnese.....
    After this we decided we could visit the archaeology museum whilst we waited for the rain to stop. Sadly or is closed for restoration... We decided to head on to Maa Paleaokastro to look at the chalcolithic period remains there. Google maps was very useful in negotiating back streets of Paphos to get to the main road towards Coral Bay. This area, even more than Paphos is a riot of cheap souvenir shops, cafes offering English breakfasts and assorted heavily tattooed clientele. Maa was tucked away from this souvenir strip in a quiet area just back from the promontory. We walked down a short lane with various brightly coloured flowers forming the hedge (no idea of the varieties apart from some honeysuckle) to the ticket office. More shameless declarations of old age (Beth and I are younger but it complicates the kitty) and we were handed our tickets and the man behind the counter shot off to open the museum! I assume we were the first visitors today.

    The first evidence is a tooth like array of stones that provided an early barrier. Beyond this were the remains of old stone walls. Margaret and I found a lot of curved clay pieces which we suspect might have been crude amphorae but who knows that far back (1200BCE). An interesting site, only occupied for 50 years and one that with modern Lidar and thermo luminescence dating might yield more information. The museum was odd a large modern underground chamber with excellent acoustics and some good info boards but the cases containing artifacts had been removed.

    After Maa we decided to head to the reconstructed huts at Lemba which we had seen the brown sign for on the way up. On arrival it also proved to closed for reconstruction...oh well nothing for it but to find lunch. Back to the hotel and then we headed to a taverna nearby. Everyone was opting for the healthy option of a village salad but I decided to try sheftali.... Skinless pork and lamb sausages served with salad and pitta.... Suddenly the whole table had changed their minds. Fortunately it turned out to be a good choice.
    Afterwards we took the cars to top up the tanks,we hand them back this evening and then to the pool.
    A quick read, a brief swim and up to the terrace for cocktails.. Strawberry Daiquiris today. Hic
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Paphos, Pafos, Πάφος, PFO, Pafo, Пафос, Baf

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