Agricultural Museum -ground floor, Kato Drys

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

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

We enter the ground floor and I am in a very big room which in Greek is called "dichoro" which means two areas. The division of room by the arch in the main room serves both as a living room, a sitting room and a room actually for anything The arch gives the room a tone of nobility and at the same time supports the roof. The furnishing is very simple, with a square table and chairs in the centre, a couch, the chest where the trousseau were kept, a loom and a very simple brazier for heating.

I remember my grandparents had one such at home and on very cold nights we used to sit all around it and my grandfather would tell us stories while granny would put chestnuts on the fire.

The room at the back of this main room (dichoro) is the inner house,  -the cellar  in other words with no windows and they used to store food and tools. The huge jars in here were used to store either wine or olive-oil. The tools that are found here were used by the ancestors for both occupational purposes and also for household.

Just next to it there was the barn of the house, and at the other end the kitchen.  They used the fireplace a lot then and the utensils were hanging all around for the preparation of the different meals.

Gabriel tells me that he remembers his grandmother so well, and shows me the places he used to play as a kid.

I am touched when I see all these and I can imagine how proud my friend should be with all these memories of the past. I don't regret a single moment for booking and coming here.  It is indeed very interesting.

Then Gabriel takes me to another room which again it used to be their kitchen but this was a bit bigger.  He tells me about his childhood, and stories that he remembers in the little kitchen which now stores very old photos from the different people who lived in this village back then. It is used as the office of the museum these days!

He seems that he knows the majority of the people in the photos.  The photos are of course black and white, and Gabriel talks with such passion and love for everything concerning this place here.

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rossport on

well written Popi and i recognise some of the implements that our fore-bearers would of used back in the early years when white man first came to Australia and my aunt used to have a food safe like yours on her back veranda she said it was my great grandmothers and they used to keep the salted beef and lamb in it

laorfamily on

Great post Popi, I don't know if it's the pictures of me but the land looks barren. All more of an achievment.

venoth on

Beautiful entry Popi. I just love the keys. It reminds me of my childhood days.

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