The Dam in Kalavasos and the Old Mine

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

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Dam, the Mine, and the Range in Kalavasos

I am taking my very last photo very near the Library hotel, and I am dreaming of a cup of coffee in the lounge of the library, when a car stops beside me. It is Andrea, the guy I met earlier this morning before leaving for my morning stroll. We had arranged to meet later on today for a ride out to the old mines and the nearby dam. Savva the manager and owner of the hotel had arranged this for me since he himself is not in the premises today.

Andrea is now ready he says to drive me there, so I step in the jeep and he drives off.

The dam is within a short distance and by the time we finish introducing ourselves to each other we are already at the dam. I don't think it took us more than 10 or 15 minutes to come here.

We take a short walk for some pictures. Thankfully it is a beautiful day and to be honest if I had the time I would have liked to return on foot.

Andrea tells me that the dam was constructed in 1985. The dam embankment has a maximum height of 58 metres and a crest length of approximately 700 metres providing a water storage volume of 17.1 million cubic metres.

We get in the car again heading towards the mines, but Andrea realizes that we are on a wrong direction so he calls a friend for some help.  We are not very far from the mines, only on the opposite side. To be honest I was a little disappointed because there was nothing much to see out there.  I have read in a book once that the piles of rust and other leftovers found in the area provide proofs of mining activity during ancient times, but what I really see today is not what or how I expected it.

On our way back I see a field with some horses and we agree to visit the range. The lady who owes them tells us how much she loves her horses, and she is kind enough to take us around to see the other animals of the range as well. 

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venoth on

Is this place not productive anymore Popi?

greekcypriot on

No it is not any more....

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