March 26th, 2017 I’m “forced” to come back to yesterday’s theme, as I would like to be fair to the orchids and other flowers which graced my day with their presence, in yet another great, uphill-downhill-dressed-in-cloud-and-mist hike, this time above the village of Lápithos/Lapta. *************** A bit of background history first: Lápithos is one of … More No27b. Orchiduary [The Sequel]
March 25th, 2017 O-rchi-du-a-ry [noun]: * a) The name given to the month of the year when Cypriot Orchids typically blossom. eg. January, February, Orchiduary… etc. b) The name given to the obituary of an Orchid following the completion of its blossoming period, eg. “Oh, the Daisies read a very touching orchiduary at the Orchids’ … More No27. Orchiduary
March 17, 2017 Little did the Lusignan Kings imagine, when they were expanding and reinforcing the 3 Byzantine fortifications on the Pentadaktylos/Besparmak mountain range in the 13th century, that these sites would become one of the island’s most magical places to visit a few centuries later. Regardless that the Venetians neglected or destroyed much of … More No23. Three in a row
March 3rd, 2017 Actually… not just a few! Tens of them! [They just require a bit of searching to find them. As usual.] I have only seen the Orchis Italica flower while hiking in the northern part of Cyprus during springtime. The flower gets its Naked Man Orchid alias from its obvious appearance. Looking at … More No16. A few good (naked) men
March 1st, 2017 – Well, that’s what the name suggests! Penta-dáktylos = (with) five fingers. – Yes, but are they REALLY just five? – Well, if you look at it from the south side, they seem as if they are five. – Yes, but are they REALLY ONLY FIVE? – Weeeeellll…. after 5.5 hours of … More No15. Is it really just 5?
February 23rd, 2017 Yes, it does! With its height of 1952 meters, the Troodos (pronounced Tró-o-dos) mountain range receives the majority of snow flakes falling on the island between December and March*, with the Pentadaktylos/Besparmak range (of 1024 meters height) receiving a sprinkle (that melts usually within 2 days) if the conditions are right. Chionístra … More No12. FAQ: Does it snow in Cyprus?