Archive for the ‘Cyprus’ Category

Tsipoura at Spartiatis

November 5, 2019

Monday, two weeks ago, tsipoura at Spartiatis overlooking Konnos Bay.

End of season, many of the tables already removed, few diners.

Spartiatis a seafood restaurant in a quiet location overlooking Konnos Bay

Christening Ayia Anna

November 5, 2019

Sunday, two weeekends ago, a christening at Ayia Anna in Ayia Napa.

Three priests, two Greek Orthodox, one Russian Orthodox, parents Russian and Greek-Cypriot, godmother Greek-Cypriot.

The godmother organises everything, at the ceremony holds the child.

Various incantations, then the child is undressed and baptised, twice in the water then full immersion, then annointed with olive oil, a change of clothing. Two girls walk around the font.

No one is allowed to touch the child.

Two days later, the child washed and a change of clothes.

An interesting church. A balcony runs around, at the back, a second balcony.

After the ceremony, a celebratory buffet lunch at which parents and godmother great all the guests. The guests in turn presented with a cake and an icon of the patron saint of the child.

Ayia Napa Medieval Carnival

November 4, 2019

Following afternoon trip to Laranca, Intercity Bus could not go as far as the main square outside the Monastery where I would change for the local bus, roads closed for Ayia Napa Medieval Carnival.

A procession through the street, followed by a concert in the square in front of the monastery.

Cappuccino Paul’s Coffee Roasters

November 4, 2019

Following a disgusting coffee at Lazaris Bakery, to Paul’s Coffee Roasters for a decent coffee.

I just had time for a small cappuccino. I would argue only one size, a correct size. The larger size I have had in the was better. I found this too be weak and insipid.

Had I arrived earlier, I would have found Paul roasting coffee. He was in the process of weighing and bagging coffee.

I asked of the cold brew. Concentrated to then water down is not the way to make quality cold brew.

Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park

November 4, 2019

Change bus from local bus to Intercity Bus en route to Larnaca.

Time to walk through the sculpture park.

Tsipoura at Spartiatis

October 31, 2019

Mid-October, excellent tsipoura at Spartiatis, a quiet location overlooking Konnos Bay.

A very hot night, gale blowing, thundersorm out to sea.

Starter undbidden cougettes thinly sliced deep fried served with bread. Bread served in tradional manner fresh baked, in a basket, wrapped in a tea towel.

Tsipoaka ie sea bream excellent.

Followed by ice cream and figs.

Fresh figs cooked in a pan with syrup, cinnamaon and a little water.

Lamps were blowing in the wind.

Spartiatis almost enpty. Everywhere hit by al-inclusive hotels killing the local economy.

Fleeting visit Ayia Napa International Sculputure Park

October 30, 2019

En route to Larnaca to visit Larnaca International Food Festival, local bus to Ayia Napa, change to Intercity Bus to Larnaca.

Time to alight from local bus, walk through Ayia Napa International Sculputure Park to pick up Intercity Bus to Larnaca.

Pork chop at Nissiotis

October 28, 2019

A trip to Larnaca, then on return Intercity bus to Ayia Napa, change to local bus, alight at Protaras and walk along the seafront to Nissiotis.

Did I wish for moussaka? No, today I would try pork chop.

Succulent and tasty though a little tough.

Red wine, a second red wine, followed by cocktail with the bill.

Nissiotis is in a quiet locatioon overlooking Protaras Pier. Unlike other restaurants in Protaras it has not engaged in a race to the bottom with all-inclusive hotels, a race no one can win, one of the few places in Protaras worth eating.

Yogurt at Lazaris Bakery

October 28, 2019

Having had a quick look at the Larnaca Internationla Food Festical (Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-13 October 2019), the only stall of note Nick’s Coffee Bike from where I had an excellent cappuccino, I walked along the seafront to Larnaca Medieval Castle, then to Church of St Lazarus and nearby Lazaris Bakery.

Lazaris Bakery overlooking Church of St Lazarus, sympathetic restoration of an old building.

Food is good, but I do not recommend for coffee, for coffee try Paul’s Coffee Roasters or Nick’s Coffee Bike.

Water to help oneself. A very rare example in Cyprus. The other is Paul’s Coffee Roasters, though Nick’s Coffee Bike will give water if asked. The norm in Greece, but hospitality lacking in Cyprus where they would rather sell a bottle of water in plastic contributing to plastic pollution. Another rare example is Vrissaki Beach Hotel where water is on the bar to help oneself and at night free tea and coffee.

Excellent Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts.

It would be pleasant to sit outside but for the traffic fumes and smokers.

Outside seating needs to be made No Smoking and the whole area pedestrianised and traffic free including the seafront.

Afternoon in Larnaca

October 28, 2019

Change from local bus to Intercity Buses at Ayia Napa.

Time to walk through Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park, or at least a small part of the park.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, International Food Festival in Larnaca.

Was it worth visiting? No, not at least not what I saw setting up, worst type of junk food would find on a bad street food market in England.

The only stall of quality, Cappuccino Nick’s Coffee Bike”>, and having relocated from his usual pitch outside Larnaca Marina, a dramatic drop in customers.

I assumed he was not there and it was only because I chose to investigate the Larnnaca International Food Festival (Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-13 October 2019) I found Nick.

As always an excellent cappuccino.

Time for a walk along the seafront as far as Larnaca Medieval Castle, look in Church of St Lazarus, then to Lazaris Bakery.

On the way, I passed a shop with a copy of The Last Supper in the window. When I inquired, they knew last supper, but not the original artist, Leonarda da Vinci. I was then fed some bullshit he came to Cyorus and taught lacemaking. Maybe true but sounds far fetched.

Lazaris Bakery overlooking Church of St Lazarus, sympathetic restoration of an old building.

Food is good, but I do not recommend for coffee, for coffee try Paul’s Coffee Roasters or Nick’s Coffee Bike.

Water to help oneself to. A very rare example in Cyprus. The other is Paul’s Coffee Roasters, though Nick’s Coffee Bike will give water if asked. The norm in Greece, but hospitality lacking in Cyprus where they would rather sell a bottle of water in plastic contributing to plastic pollution thnan provide free water. Another rare example Vrissaki Beach Hotel where water available on the bar during the day, at night free tea and coffee at dinner.

Excellent Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts.

It would be pleasant to sit outside but for the traffic fumes and smokers.

Outside seating needs to be made No Smoking and the whole area pedestrianised and traffic free including the seafront.

A pleasant evening very warm, it would have been pleasant to sit longer, but no time, not if to catch the bus

Walk to Paul’s Coffee Roaster in the dark without getting lost but no time to have a coffee, hello to Paul then run for the bus.