Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
145Trip End Feb 06, 2011
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Where I stayed
Antony's Garden House, Episkopi
I have chosen to come to Episkopi -14 km west of Limassol because I wanted to visit the Wine Museum in the village of Erimi, and see some of the archaeological sites in the area.
Most of the village comes under the jurisdiction of the Brtish base of Akrotiri-Episkopi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episkopi_Cantonment
Episkopi village is situated in the middle of an area rich in history and archaeology. A couple of kilometres to the west there is the ancient city of Kourio with the magnificent theatre and beautiful mosaics. The theatre has been restored and is used for performances during summer months.
People who visit Episkopi are mostly staying a day or two to see the round area and then move on. The village itself however has not much to offer and for this reason I was a bit disappointed. I arranged to see what I had to see and move on the very next day, so somebody coming here is mainly coming for the archaeological sites.
After 1974 with the invasion of the Turks, the Turkish families living here abandoned this village and went to settle up in the north. Later on after 1975 the Greek-Cypriot refugees settled here.
Its long pebbled beach 2 or 3 kms from the village is interesting but there are no trees around and people are exposed to the sun. No shade at all other than one or two restaurants in the area which I believe the majority of people goes there to be protected from the strong rays of the burning sun. This can be quite dangerous during the summer months in Cyprus. There are no trees or bushes around and it is dangerous to sit under the sun with just a beach umbrella
The next day thanks to Antony, -the owner of the Agro hotel I was staying at, gave me a ride to the main archaeological sites in the area and we also visited the wine museum in the village of Erimi.
We returned to Episkopi and Antony drove me home to meet his wife Katerina. I really cannot find words to describe her. She was ill, but yet so strong and hard-working, a real fighter - a LADY with capital letters. She could hardly breathe and with the help of oxygen on the side, still in control of the whole business. An open- hearted person, kind and loveable with will power, ready to strive to live - a person I admire and will never forget. I want to see Katerina again probably on another trip shortly, and this time I pray that she will feel much better and without the support of oxygen, be able to live and enjoy life and the love of her beloved family and friends.