Kato Drys Medieval village with Character & Style!

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

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Flag of Cyprus  , Larnaca,
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My stroll in the village

I am out again with Gabriel after lunch, while Eleni has gone to church.

Gabriel wants to show me the little church very near the house dedicated to Aghia Eleousa. It is just a few steps from the courtyard, and the whole structure is out of stone.

What impresses me most is the careful restoration of the buildings. Gabriel says that they use traditional materials which I see blend well with the environment of the surround area. It is so peaceful and quiet out here only the singing of birds, the barking of a dog and some cats here and there. .  There is nobody seen outside in the narrow cobblestone alleys and it's only me and my friend walking. Nothing ….but cats!  When I hear a dog barking I know that a cat must be somewhere near by.

Kato Drys is a significant village with a medieval character and style. While we walk I take pictures of the buildings in the neighbourhood, some of which have beautiful bougainvilleas in their entrances and pots with flowers.

 I ask my friend how many people live here and he tells me that there must be about 130 permanent inhabitants. Gabriel tells me that many of the owners of these houses don’t live in Cyprus but they visit the village each year and the majority of them plan to return to the village one day and restore their properties. The fact that every building that is restored keeps the same style and architecture is indeed very comforting.

Gabriel takes me to the kafenio of the village a little before it gets dark.  It is the meeting spot for the men of the village who come here for a chat, to play a game of backgammon or cards, enjoy a cup of coffee or have some ouzo. My friend insists on introducing me to the president of the village or head of the commune and to my surprise is the owner of the café as well.  Over a cup of hot herb tea and a nice company we discuss about anything and everything. I notice one or two men staring at me with astonishment because ladies don’t very often get in the kafenio. It has to be some kind of reason to come here. It’s a men’s place!

By the time we leave the kafenio it starts drizzling. There are no stars in the sky tonight and we expect heavy rain. The house is just a few steps away, so we hurry a bit to avoid getting wet. Eleni is expecting us for dinner.  We have been away all this time and it is already dark when back.  I hope we have rain tonight but at least tomorrow be a wonderful sunny day as we have already made plans for a short trip to the mountains.

I am off to my beautiful apartment shortly after dinner with Eleni and Gabriel.

What an interesting day this is! I have heard and seen so much. It feels so good to be in these surroundings.  The 200 year old apartment I stay at has a big history behind, and the moment I step in I feel its positive aura.  The dim light in the room, the combination of the color on the walls, the round arch in the centre of the big room, the stone walls, the interior decoration and the heated floor excite me. I don’t want to go to sleep yet.  I want to touch and feel everything, and I bring pictures of people from the previous century in mind, the owners of this house and imagine them sitting by the fire place of my room to warm themselves.  I imagine different things and with all this I decide to have another cup of herb tea so that I will have a good night’s sleep.

The rain keeps falling heavily the whole night round and I am up once or twice enjoying the sound of it, with the hope that tomorrow will be a beautiful sunny day and we won’t miss our trip to the mountains.

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