Cyprus New Year

29 December 2002 - Changing Moods

A week in Cyprus from 28 December 2002 showed some of the changing moods of Cyprus.

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The six of us stayed in Kambos and Trahonas villas in Pissouri, pictured here from the Traxonas trig point, 276m above sea level. For your perfect holiday Cyprus villas, try

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A 360° panorama from the summit of Traxonas at 12.10pm on 29 December.

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As the cloud starts to build, a view at 2.30pm across Pissouri Bay to the Akrotiri peninsula with Limassol just visible beyond

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From Kambos by 3pm on the same day.


31 December 2002 - A Trip into the Mountains

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Stephen and Lucy with the Troodos Mountains behind

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An hour or so later, Lucy and Debbie near the top of Mount Olympus, about 1850m above sea level.

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Lucy and Stephen


2 January 2003 - A Visit to Northern Cyprus

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Kyrenia Castle from the harbour wall

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The harbour from where we had a mid-morning drink

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Another view of the harbour, this time from the top of the Castle

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Inside the Castle. The origins of the Castle are thought to date back to the 7th century BC, though the first historical reference is in 1191 when King Richard the Lionheart captured it. In its present form it largely dates from Venetian period (1489).

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A letter box, still proudly proclaiming George VI as King, on the harbour front in Turkish-occupied Kyrenia

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Lucy and the bell-tower of Bellapais Abbey. The present-day name is a corruption of Abbaye de la Paix, or Abbey of Peace.

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Consulting the maps of the Abbey.

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The construction began in 1198 by Augustinian monks, with additions in the 13th to 15th centuries. Following the Ottoman conquest, the monks were turned out and the building given to the Greek Orthodox Church.

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Mark and Debbie up high. (And it did feel high, too!)

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Relaxing over coffee

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The Abbey from a distance, nestled into the side of the mountain range

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Kyrenia from the base of the remarkable castle of St Hilarion, some 630m above sea level.

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The Castle takes its name from a runaway saint who lived and died at the top of the mountain after the capture of Jerusalem by the Arabs.

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It was started in the 10th century to protect the island from Arab pirates. Later, from the end of 12th century until the capture of Venetians, the castle was enlarged and used as shelter to protect Luzinyen nobles from excessive summer heat.

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The top of the Castle is a further 100m above us here, at 730m above sea level.


3 January 2003 - Nearly Time to Go Home

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A stroll along the road from the villas to the end showed how a bit of rain can transform areas from dusty brown in the summer to quite green in places in winter.

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The Rock of Aphrodite, a few kilometres to the west of Pissouri. Its Greek name is Petra tou Romiou or ‘The Rock of the Greek’. Legend has it that Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot. There are several versions of the story of the goddess's birth, but the most famous is that Aphrodite rose naked from the sea on a scallop shell. Blown by the wind, Aphrodite's first stop was on the island of Cythera, but this was such a tiny island that Aphrodite kept moving and eventually got to Cyprus, where she began living in Paphos.

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A view of the sea from next to Aphrodite's Rock.


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