Polis Tis Chrysochous and Paphos

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

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Time to move on after leaving behind the monasteries, Costa wants to show me where he works. So we come to the golf club in the area about 20 minutes drive from Paphos, and it is called the "Minthis Hills Gold Club".

Just next to it there is a deserted monastery very old indeed and Costa tells me that it is deserted because the priest who used to live here passed away some years ago.  Indeed it is pity seeing this beautiful monastery the way it is today. Of course we find the door of the church closed, and we leave.

We feel that it is time for a cup of tea and Costa suggests that we go to the club's restaurant where some relatives of his run the business.  It is raining heavily and we walk fast to get inside before getting wet.

The view around is beautiful, and I love watching the heavy rain outside while we enjoy our cup of tea and some home made dessert which is brought to us from the family.

The rain stopped by the time we say goodbye to the relatives, and Costa tells me that it is time to have a quick look of Paphos.

The word Paphos, can be found in books and on the sites also as Pafos. It is like many other words like Larnaca and Larnaka, but it refers to the same place.

So, we are back in the car and we are now driving towards Polis. Another name is (Polis Chrysokhou) and if I translate the name chrysokhou it means (city of the golden sun). I remember visiting Paphos some years ago with a choir but it is very different when you come with a group to what I am doing here today with Costa. We can stop wherever we feel like it, walk and take photos.

The area here is quite fertile, charming and has its own distinctive character.  It is about 34 kms from Paphos airport.

Costa wants to show me the long coastal zone, and because I want to take a video and some photos we park the car near a nice and very popular restaurant called

“Riccos restaurant”. I cannot say much about it because we did not stay for lunch or even coffee, but the owner seems to be a kind man showed me up the tree house of his daughter.  I might come here in summer.  Many people in the round area prefer this beach because it is free.  They don’t have to pay to enter it.

We are driving now towards Paphos, and throughout the way there are hotels one next to the other for miles.  We come to the Touristy area near the old castle.  I plan to include this area in my next trip when back to Cyprus in March.

Of course I have visited the old castle several times, but today we don’t have time to have a stroll. From what I remember the area very close to the castle is full of restaurants and café bars. As Costa drives, I spot a couple of places to visit when back, and I really love the house of the provincial governor….. I have always loved this building !! The beautiful buildings of the schools and Gym school (gymnastirio) which are in line and remind me of the classical buildings in Athens.  Suddenly I see a hotel that surely attracts the attention. It is the Roman hotel, and surely does not seem like any other hotel – at least on the outside, and I thought to take some photos and check out about its popularity, probably include it also. Reviews say that it needs upgrading so I am not sure if I want to book here when in Paphos next month.

It is already lunch time so we decide to have a quick lunch at Debenham’s.

We each have a green salad as we expect Angelo to show up any minute. It is not long when she does show up and she is excited telling us that she met the people she planned to see today while we tell her about the places we visited.  After a cup of cappuccino, we say goodbye to Angelo who leaves for the house up in Drynia, while me and Costa continue our sight-seeing tour.

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venoth on

Its such a beautiful beach Popi.

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