Saturday, November 22, 2014

Paphos part 2 - the kings tombs

The tombs of the kings in Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage. Carved out of solid rock, from 4th BC. There are Doric columns in some of the tombs. Situated by the sea, in the sunset it's quite a peaceful atmosphere here.
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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Paphos part 1 - the zoo

Along the road when nearing Paphos zoo are plenty of banana plantations. We've been enjoying Paphos bananas, which are smaller than average bananas and sweeter, from the nearby farmers market for several years. It was nice therefore to see how they are growing in real life.

When I first heard they have tigers and lions in Paphos zoo, I was exited. I'm not a fan of animals kept in captivity though. Wild animals are happiest in the wild. So with mixed feelings and equipped with rain coats and umbrellas we entered the zoo the other weekend. We learnt that Paphos zoo started out as a bird park, therefore today with an impressive variety of birds from across the planet. After which it has grown slowly to house more and more other, both local and exotic, animals.
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My best moment this day, without doubt, was by the relatively spacious Mouflon area. Second attempt sighting one, I called - "Mouflon", "Mouflon", with an encouraging voice a few times. To my great surprise, a very very shy mufflon male, followed by a few females, suddenly emerged from their hiding place. As if expecting to seeing someone familiar. Quickly returning back to where they came from.

About the lions and tigers. While I guess the animals are as happy as they can be, being in a small fenced area. I left the zoo with a somehow uneasy feeling. My mind filled with fences and empty eyed restless tigers and lions walking back and forth just a fence away from me.

Well, at least it didn't rain this day, and the animals seemed to appreciate each others company. And, I met a Cyprus Mouflon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A dwarf hippopotamus in Cyprus

Far back in Cyprus there where pygmy hippopotamus and pygmy elephants, which today are extinct. At the edge of Akrotiri peninsula is a rock shelter, Aetokremnos, where skeletons of pygmy hippopotamus, as well as a few pygmy elephants, have been found. It is tickling to think about it sometimes, as we like to hang out so "close" to this excavation area.
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So when we heard about this event in Nicosia exhibiting a full skeleton of such a pygmy hippopotamos (first picture), the so called Cyprus dwarf Hippopotamus, we didn't want to miss it. A Cypriot private collector had gotten hold of this rare piece and kindly wanted the public to enjoy it freely this day, together with a full dinosaur skeleton, a T-rex head and much more. Kids could do some own "excavations" too.

more cinnamon buns on the beach

Few days later there where still cinnamon buns in the freezer which came handy for our stroll along Lady's Mile, east Akrotiri peninsula. For a change we started at the very beginning, near the new harbour, where people are swimming year around after work. Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
Time for cinnamon buns!

cinnamon buns on the beach

In the beginning of October it's the Swedish cinnamon bun day. The following day we brought a bag of these buns plus piles of sandwiches to the beach, on the west Akrotiri peninsula, to keep everyone in a good mood. On our way back home we checked out the nearby tiny church of Agios Georgeos.
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