Cyprus – welcome to the skirts of the mountain

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We have to say that Cyprus is a country full of nice and smiling people.
So far we have spent 2 days here and everywhere we go we see friendly faces.
We can feel the calmness from the moment we landed in Larnaca. It is not that calmness that can make you mad because everyone is just lazy. Instead, it is that calmness that gets things done quickly without any stress. We got our car from the rent-a-car place in no time. We are heading for the Eastern slope of the mountains, toward the village of Pano Lefkara.
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there

So far the landscape is Mediterranean. As we are going up, it starts to get a little bit of a desert. There are long stony fields with olives, lots of limestone rocks. Every new turn we make awards us with a new view towards the valleys or a hidden village. In the distance we can see the sea.

We reach Lefkara. It must be the friendliest village in Cyprus (that we have visited so far). Our GPS map is not accurate enough so we enter a shop to ask for directions. There a nice lady literally took us up the steep streets to our stone house. We knock on the big wooden gate, but no one is answering. The people from the next house are nice enough to call the owner of the house. He starts walking really quickly from the bottom of the street as soon as he sees us. We had told him that we will arrive late but we actually got here pretty fast. His house is a wonderful example of the quality stone architecture in the area. It has an inner courtyard and high ceiling. We get some great advice about what we can do and some homemade cookies.

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It is cloudy outside and this gives us the strength to keep going. We are going up and down the stony streets of the village. The main things that people do here are connected with silver and lace. Some smiling ladies are inviting us to explore their workshops. However, we need to get some food.

We conquered the small village pretty fast. We even ran into our host a couple of times. He had that ability to be everywhere.

the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
The inner courtyard of our stone house
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
Lace and silver
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
Pastry shop to make your day sweeter
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
Some rest…
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
Ready for climbing up.
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
Our goal: this nice restaurant
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
Not everything is made of stone here. There is some nature, as well.
We decided to visit one more village – Choirokoitia, in search of some recovered stone houses in the shapes of mushrooms and some bomb shelters.

This time the narrow streets tricked us. We couldn’t even find some of them. At the end we stopped at the main church at the top of the hill and decided to keep on going on foot. This is how we got totally lost. However, the cute narrow pedestrian streets have a charm of their own. We even reached an eco trail, but it was getting late and we decided against going on it to find out what is behind the next hill. In this village the elderly people were gathered in the evening in the big pub next to the church. We said hello.

The cars in Cyprus go on the left side of the road. This was a reason for some comic situations even on the wide streets of the villages. However, you can get used to it in a day.

the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
We visited Tochni Village as well. It is quite popular for accommodation in Cyprus.

The buildings are made with dark beige stones and are looking over the dried basin of the river. In the church’s yard there was a wedding. Some people were admiring it from the restaurant next to it. We decided to leave. We weren’t invited to the wedding anyway.

the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
Our last stop for the day was the Gobernor’s beach. Even though it was dark our first encounter with the sea was nice. The rocks are entering the water and there is a long promenade on a stone alley. It looks like we might visit this place during the day, too.
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there

We were feeling confident that at 8:30 p.m. there will be lots of placed to grab some dinner. We were wrong. Everything was already closed and the streets were empty. At the last moment we found an open restaurant with a garden. It looked like it served only friends and family. Good catch!
By the way, today we were asked at least three times where we are from. And that was from people who could take no advantage from that information, whatsoever. We felt really special!

the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
the beginning of our journey in Cyprus and the friendly people there
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