Troodos Range beauty - Kalopanagiotis village

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Olga's Katoi, in Kalopanagiotis

Flag of Cyprus  , Nicosia,
Monday, November 15, 2010


On the way back from the day's trip I express the wish to walk.

The day is just perfect cool and sunny. Dino drops me off and gives me some instructions on how to get back home.  I have to walk pass another village, and then take the road upwards towards Kalopanagiotis walking very close to the dam.  They want to be sure I have their mobile….probably thinking that I will get lost.

I set off with just my mobile on one hand and my digital camera on the other.  I walk and take photos.  It is so beautiful, and I am amazed seeing all these colors out here. I walk fast because I want to concentrate on a steady pace, but I do stop every now and then to take the photos I want and talk on the phone.

I want so much to spend more days and my friends tell me that I am welcome to spend as many days as I want to, but the fact that I don’t have an internet access makes me want to leave no matter how much I want to stay here.  As I walk I decide to tell my friends about it because it is important for them to know if they wish to have their guests  pleased.   Internet is so important for the majority of people nowadays and it is pity that I have to leave earlier.

Kalopanagiotis is a picturesque village with traditional architecture and famous for its sulphur springs. . Its cobbled streets and footpaths, the chapels and churches, are examples of a genuine traditional community unaffected by modern day civilization. Houses with picturesque balconies, and tiled rooftops, courtyards with shady vine trees climbing all over are the main characteristics of this beautiful village. I am lucky to be up here this lovely season.

I am now walking through this beautiful village of Kalopanagiotis with the many churches and chapels.  The church of Saint Marina and Panayia Theotokos, the chapel of Saint Andronikos and Saint Athanasia, Saint George, Saint Kyriakos, Archangel Michel, Saint Sergios and Bachos and Panagia Theoskepasti.  The most important Byzantine monument is that of the monastery of Saint John Lampadistis however, but I am going there tomorrow before we leave.

The village of Kalopanagiotis belongs to Nicosia District and it is located 2 km north of the village of Moutoullas.  We drove passed it this morning while going to Trooditissa.  Pedoulas is the third village and a summer resort, less than a kilometer further up and close to the village of Prodromos.

Prodromos is another village of natural beauty. The well famous and very popular Hotel of those days TheVerengaria Hotel, stands still as if it is haunted nowadays! What a pity!

All the above villages belong to the Marathasa Valley which is well known for its cherries and apples. It is one of the most fertile areas on the north side of the Troodos range.

The monastery of Kykkos is about 20 km from the village of Pedoulas. Kykkos is the most famous and richest monastery in Cyprus. Founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it possesses one of the three surviving icons ascribed to Saint Luke. The first President of Cyprus, Archibishop Makarios III served here as a novice.  At his own wish he was buried at Throni, 3 km west of the Monastery, and not far from his native village of Panagia.

I have some entries in the other blog about Kykkos with many photos.

Dino asked me if I want them to drive me to Kykkos this morning and I told him not. I was there last year. What I actually want to do is to come again and visit the other three villages and if possible spend one or two days there. I want to cover the distance on foot ……and the more I think about this the more I get excited and I believe I will return and just do it.  We just drove through them quite fast this morning but I felt I could not ask for more!!!  I am curious to see if they are still so beautiful as in the past.  Having in mind the Agrotourism programme though I believe I might find them even better.  Anyway I will be able to write about these on my next trip to Cyprus and this won’t take long.

I am still walking and I pass very near the dam.  I take pictures of some tangerine and orange trees.  The road is steep but I walk fast.  I am not tired at all and I am sure it is because I am daily exercising and still swimming back in Greece even on this time of year!

I am outside the house ready to I enter the Katoi. I open the door and find my two friends very surprised seeing me coming so soon.  Agni tells me that she really did not expect to see me home so early and she is amazed.  She immediately goes in the kitchen and comes back with some coffee.  We chat a lot, and I tell them that tomorrow I have to leave. I give my reason about internet and both my friends tell me that this will be solved really soon because their daughter is overtaking the business and this is her first priority.

We chat a lot during dinner about anything and everything. It was a very interesting day, but I cannot wait to return to my room, have a shower, make some phone calls and rest.  Tomorrow will be a new day, with always new things to see and places to explore.

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