KALIMERA comes from kali or kalo meaning beautiful and mera from imera meaning day…a friendly good day greeting from Cypriot people.
It was hot july in India with no traces of rainfall when me and my partner in crime jotted out a plan for Cyprus… being from east coast of India I get lured with the beaches ,the sun ,the sand and coastal cuisine. After this trip I am more than just happy to write this blog about my 10 days of lazingly amazing experience in this Mediterranean country in Europe.
The only time I heard about Cyprus was during my general knowledge class where they taught me that it’s the only flag featuring the map of the entirety of the island. Thanks to Wikipedia now I got to know that the island is painted in orange coz of the heavy deposits of copper ores in this belt. I picked up a small sovenier on my trip to remind me of the flag and of course the beautiful memories we had on the trip.
I just thought Cyprus is a laze loving laid back with basking Mediterranean sun but to my utter surprise it was just not about the beaches alone it has an adequate cocktail blend of Turkish and greek cultures which makes it stand out on its own.
My journey started when I landed in Larnacka on 23rd july and met my better half in the airport itself..we got the glimpse of the duty free shops in the airport and the best part is there is no limit of liquor you can carry with you..got our hands on the local beers and some exotic wines..hopped on to our rental car and ready for a road trip across this small island..va vaa vroommmmmmm……
We checked in Sentido Sandy Beach Hotel and spa in Larnacka and indeed it was a lovely resort with private beach and well décor and friendly staff. We had a nice lunch in a tavern near by serving some great pasta Bolognese and grilled chicken and a glass of sparkling dry white wine to toast with..was indeed veryyy European…
We walked along the beach for sometime and spend some WE TIME together..
Next morning we started right after a sumptuous breakfast in the hotel to see the larnacka medieval castle located on the promenade side and hard to miss.The drive along the finikoudes corniche to pave our way towards the old city is a wanderer’s delight.
The medieval castle now at present times is converted into a cultural hub with an open air theatre and a museum with medieval art collections. We walked our way to the top to get a beautiful glimpse of the city.
Next on our list was the byzantine church or Saint lazarus church in the midst of the bylanes and eateries standing tall.It was ornamental and was built with the inspiration from medieval dome shaped architecture. We caught few Rabbi enjoying a morning cup of coffee..
Hala Sultan Tekke overlooking the stretch of the salt lake was the next on our itinery. It is the main muslim piligrimage site in Cyprus. A beautiful sandstone mosque which belongs to Umm Haram the foster mother of Prophet Mohammed.
Again time to hit the roads and travel to the city of Limassol famous for its night life. I will write about it on my next blog so till then enjoy life as it comes and soak in the peace of your homes..