Well, it’s the final part of my travelling adventures around the World..Europe…few European cities. This week it’s my trip to Cyprus’ second largest city, Limassol.
Arriving in the early hours of Monday morning you’d think it was off to bed, but instead there was a quick unpack and off to explore the city whilst having a beverage or two to shake off the jet leg.
The one thing that I noticed on the first day was how deserted the city was. There were stretches of roads and land with little to no people occupying them. There were a number of derelict buildings that had broken bricks and smashed windows. It was a clear sign of how the recession has hit the country and how much debt they truly are in. This was quite a sad feeling considering that not long ago the city was a thriving tourist hotspot with it now struggling to attract people and investment.
Most of the days involved chilling by the pool and going out in the evenings. However, Limassol at night is a quiet as a library…many of the pubs and bars in the area didn’t really have many people in them which is surprising again given its tourism reputation.
This meant that to go to a bar that had a bit of atmosphere we had to go out of the city to other places in Cyprus. This wasn’t ideal, but nice to explore some other areas in Cyprus apart from the one we were staying in.
It wasn’t all relaxing by the pool, we did have an ‘adventure day’ that entailed a buggy ride, paintballing, go-karting and archery. I personally loved the buggy rides around the city’s hills and mountains, with such breathtaking views, it was an incredible experience. I also found a new potential hobby in archery, very enjoyable and a great test of your concentration and accuracy skills.
Here’s a picture of the buggy rides.
A country’s tourism and holiday rating for me is usually based on the national beer and food…and unfortunately the beer was dis.gus.ting. There wasn’t really any typical Cyprian food, although there were some great chicken based dishes!
As you can expect the weather was hot hot hot with temperatures during the day never getting below the 35 degree mark. The air conditioning unit in our room was a life saver and ensured we actually got some sleep.
The views across the seas and beaches were beautiful especially with the clear blue skies.
And here’s the view from our room…delightful.
Overall my camera was quite redundant on many of the Cyprian trips mainly because there are only so many pics you can take of the same view or of the pool. But it was great to experience the Cyprian culture even if the area was quiet.
And that’s my final instalment of my summer travelling. It was an outstanding summer visiting the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Cyprus, four places I’d not been to previously. What a summer it was!
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