Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
Trip End Dec 04, 2013

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What I did
Kurion, temple of Apollo and Omodos village

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cyprus is the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean.  It is a divided country, with 1/2 of it being the independent country of Cyprus(member of EU) and the other half occupied by Turkey.  Our ship docked in Limassol which is in the Cyprus part of the island.

Our sightseeing focused on the ancient ruins of the city of Kurion, a Greco-Roman site dating back to the late centuries BC.  There is a restored theater there built in 2 BC that is still used today for concerts. Another important artifact is the house of Eustolios where Roman floor mosaics still exist, as well as the ruins of a Roman bath. These baths were quite the engineering marvel, with underground heating directing hot air to rooms with various temperature levels from hot to cold.

 The other major sight in the area is the Sanctuary of Apollo, that was used continuously from the late 8th century BC until the second half of the 4th century AD. Apollo, a significant deity in Greek religion, was regarded as the god of light, sun, poetry, music and the protector of Kurion.

We also drove inland to a small mountain village called Omodos, which is preserved as it was centuries ago. Its claim to fame the Monastery of the Holy Cross where a relic of supposedly a piece of the robe worn by Jesus is housed along with relics of other saints. The village is also known for its wine making skills with many small shops offering free wine tasting.  Unfortunately just as we arrived so did a rain storm which forced us to limit our sightseeing as we all had left rainwear on the ship as no rainfall had been in the forecast.
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Annette Landvatter on

The pictures really add to the Blog. Too bad about the rain. I hope you bought many bottles of wine, so you and Yvonne can sit back and share memories.

Thanks for sharing.

Jan on

Fascinating trip. Too bad about the wine tasting. Keep up the blog, so we too can enjoy your trip too.

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