Lofou in March- Limassol District

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

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Lofou Agrovino Limassol
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Monday, March 21, 2011

2nd day in Lofou

Walking in Lofou's honeycomb maze narrow streets on a weekday is like walking in a semi deserted village. Everything is so different from the previous day which was Sunday! It is extremely quiet today, and I feel very lonely out here.
Ok….I admit, the village is really beautiful but I thought there would be more people or tourists here. There is nobody to talk to. I have hardly seen 3 or 4 ladies throughout this walk, all busy with their house chores and the fact that there is not a restaurant open, a bakery or the internet café makes me feel worse. The internet café belongs to the owner of (Agrovino Hotel) the one I am staying in and also the restaurant of the village. Now I understand why the lady told me that on Mondays the restaurant is closed but they will be open in the evening especially if there are visitors in the apartments. At least the restaurant will open tonight…..but until then I will be starving! (?) Of course there are one or two other restaurants but they seem to open only during the weekends.
As I approach the village café I ask the men if they allow me to take them a picture and they not only agree and take places, but also invite me up for a cup of coffee.  I ask for an orange juice instead and tell them that their village is beautiful but looks like haunted.
The few minutes I spent with them I learnt that after the Second World War there was a tremendous reduction of population in the village as the inhabitants moved primarily to Ypsonas (a nearby village), and the inhabitants of Lofou seasonally migrated in order to cultivate or crop their fields in the area. Gradually they settled for good in Ypsonas, but in the early 1990s a handful of local visionaries began to transform the derelict village into what it is today. Over 2000 stone buildings have been restored to their former glory but only 30 or so are permanent homes. Of course during the summer months the population expodes to 2.000 mostly coming from Ypsonas, escaping the city heat with a return to their ancestral roots in Lofou.
"You should be here during the Easter holidays" a man says. “The village is full of children’s voices and there is laughter and excitement everywhere. There is not a single house without a lamb on the spit and people are singing and dancing in their yards. The streets and alleys are full of life those days”!
The people at the café arranged that I meet the president of the village as he is the one who has the key of the Olive Museum. One of them helped me renew my phone card by making a phone call to Ypsonas, as there was not a kiosk selling cards in Lofou.  At least I can make some phone calls to keep busy until dinner time! Lol
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