So far Pissouri has got to be one of my favourite places to visit in Cyprus. It’s colourful, picturesque and brimming with character. The bright flowers that surround the area give it a whimsical, romantic that make you feel like you’re on the set of a film! The little narrow streets of the nearby village were filled with laid-back locals watching the world go by. We stopped off at the Columbia Beach Resort for an afternoon of rest and relaxation, and discovered a tiny little chapel which was simply stunning inside. It looks so traditional from the outside, but when you enter, you witness an amazing little chapel with incredible, awe-inspiring artwork like I have never seen before. It’s bright, colourful and simply magical. A visit to Pissouri is a definite must!
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A three-day weekend…
Cyprus is prone to extended weekends. Whether we are celebrating ‘Independence Day’ or national Eat Fish day, I always relish these special occasions, and take the time to observe the behaviour of others as they celebrate amongst one another (as well as enjoying more time away from work!)
These are always enjoyable times and everyone is in good spirits, especially at this time of year, when everyone is celebrating the beginning of Lent and of course, carnival season.
The custom of carnival season dates back to Ancient Greece, when the Greeks got dressed up in costumes and masks to enjoy fun feasts, in honour of the god Dionissos. Over time, these customs and celebrations have really come into their own in Cyprus, but are especially prominent within Limassol, where they are known to continue for up to ten days.
This weekend we took a walk through town to see what all the fuss was about, and found that pretty much everyone was in the spirit of the season, dressing up the streets, the shops and of course, themselves, to honour this special occasion.
The weather was glorious and it was great to see the coffee shops brimming with people socialising, gossiping and soaking up the sunshine.
Of course, we couldn’t take this walk through town without witnessing an obligatory car accident (pictured below), but this is just standard car chaos that is to be expected at such an exciting and eventful time of year (again, take note, this is nothing out of the ordinary).
For those of you who need a taxi, there is no end of high-profile taxi ranks available to the tired pedestrian, some of them even providing a state-of-the-art seating area to rest your weary feet while waiting for the next available taxi.
I hope you are enjoying your weekends as much as I am. Stay posted for more eventful shenanigans from this little Cypriot island.