Lefkara and the Beautiful Countryside in Spring
Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
145Trip End Feb 06, 2011
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The beauty of the countryside in spring in Cyprus is awesome. I am adding more on the information about Lefkara in this entry.
I am having a short ride in the countryside with Babis, the manager of the hotel, who after our visit to the Wax Museum, he is taking me to meet his wife and child at a farm house.
Well, the majority of people who visit the island think that Cyprus is just popular for its beaches. How wrong they are! What I can say to people visiting Cyprus for the first time is that the island is beautiful the whole year round. Each season is particular and the more I come here the more I like it. Each time I dig out or discover a new gem that I had no idea of its existence.
If you happen to be on the island and been to the sandy beaches, swam in the turquoise waters, did your shopping and you are wondering what to do next, I suggest exploring a bit the countryside, and drive to the mountains
Escape the buzz and seek out the real Cypriot, find out more about the real life in the villages, the traditions and customs. You will see another Cyprus here completely different from the coastal touristy areas. I suggest try talking to locals, and don't be surprised if you end up with some strong friendships.
Now back to Lefkara, a village perched on the hillside of the Troodos range.
The surround area is full of limestone rocks which are cut into slabs and used to cover the facades of the traditional style houses and also to pave the village alleyways and to build protective stone walls in the fields.
In the past locals used to be very poor, have sheep and goats and this is how they earned their living. With the coming of the Venetians many local ladies used to work for them as maids. Since embroidery was the favourite pastime of Venetian ladies, the women of Lefkara picked up this art adding their own particular touch and created other styles, some of which masterpieces indeed. I mentioned about Leonardo da Vinci in my previous entry I guess who visited the village and bought one of these pieces of art to cover the altar of the Duomo
Later on, there was the coming of the British occupation and these ladies approached the British in an attempt to create a market and sell their embroideries. They tried selling their laces to the U.K door to door, until one day they reached as far as the Queen of England and the Royal Court. From then on, these masterpieces were found in the best houses not only in Europe but in the United States as well. Now they are really popular worldwide. As I mentioned in my previous entry, local ladies are still creating these beautiful laces and when you come to Lefkara you will see them sitting outside in the streets or in their houses busy working on lace.
The intricate silver filigree artifacts and jewellery is the other important product of Lefkara. Dainty little spoons and forks, with exquisite handles, intricate designs on napkin rings, silver bowls or glass holders are really very impressive.
It is late afternoon by now, and I am still walking around the stone paved alleys of the village. I have already had lunch and what I really enjoy is the welcoming of locals who insist on offering me Greek coffee and loukoumia
To be honest I regret that I have not arranged to spend one or two more days here because I really had no time to visit the Kato Lefkara village on this trip. Of course I have been several times there but not with a camera and not in the way I am now visiting different places. When I came to the outskirts of the village I was with my little friend Thodoris, and I did not want to risk walking all the way to the village which for me is actually nothing, but for the little boy it might have been a problem to return on foot.
One thing is for sure, and this is the fact that I am surely coming back because there is so much more to see and do here.