Trip Start Aug 15, 2003
Trip End May 01, 2009

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Flag of Cyprus  , Nicosia,
Saturday, August 18, 2007





We came to Cyprus, this time but instead of having beach holidays, we thought of spending a week, up on the Mountains of Troodos first, and have two more weeks down in other hotels next to the beach. My house is in Larnaca, but I always choose to stay in a hotel. It really feels like a real holiday, not to bother cook, or clean.

I booked 4 months ahead a nice room at the Mill Hotel which is the best hotel in Kakopetria – a beautiful village that keeps its tradition.  This beautiful village is about half an hour drive from the highest peak of the Troodos mountains.

The name of the village in Greek means "bad rock" There was a custom in the old times that people that were about to get married used to dance around a big rock.  However an incident happened, and the rock fell on the groom and killed him, so they named that rock and the village as “bad rock”

The truth is I wanted so much to visit this beautiful village for years now, because it reminds me of my childhood when with my parents and especially my dad who used to LOVE TRAVELING like me, would  bring us to this village and even spend one or two nights at a certain restaurant for lunch or dinner..  The restaurant owner had one or two rooms to let,  and my dad arranged each time we were up here,  to spend the night in one,  just to be next to the river and hear the waters.

Two or three times I visited Kakopetria, with the choir, but the coach was so huge that it was not possible to enter the village, so every time I happened to be up here it was just seeing Kakopetria through a distance.  So this time I really wanted to WALK THE VILLAGE.


We went up to Kykkos Monastery at first, which lies 20 km west of Pedoulas, one of the wealthiest and best-known monasteries in Cyprus.

The first President of Cyprus, Archibishop Makarios the 3rd started his ecclesiastical career here as a monk in 1926.His request to be buried there materialized after his deathin 1977. His tomb lies 3 km west of Kykkos monastery and remains a popular visitor destination.


Relaxing week, enjoying my 2 hour walks in the afternoon, not knowing that a week later the whole area where we live in Greece would catch fire, and our house would have 13.000 euro damage!

We left Cyprus urgently, and flew back when my son announced what had happened.  We caught the first flight and return urgently to Athens, spent the night there, and drive all the way to our residence early the following morning.

Unbelievable what we could see.  The fire had reached the last bushes down the sea.

And this trip ends here unexpectedly.

We spent 4 months working on the house, cleaning and having it painted again.

It was a nightmare, but we survived.  This incident made us stronger.

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