|Large wind farm off in distance at lower elevation|
Near the top we could see far to the southwest. Way down there was a large wind farm of enormous wind powered generators. These things are huge and the blades move very slowly. There is absolutely no noise generated whatsoever. I truly cannot understand why certain areas in the USA that are perfect for these because of wind patterns have fought so hard to prevent installation of wind farms (Cape Cod in particular).
The trees on this northern side of the mountains were very different than what we saw on the southern side.
|View near Pedoulas|
At lower elevations on the southern side there were millions of grape vines. At mid-to-lower elevations on the northern side there were hundreds of thousands of pear trees. There appeared to be a half-dozen different species of pear trees in various stages of bloom. The white flowers on the bare branches were breathtaking. The pears seem to cover whole sections of the mountainsides. I couldn't get photos because we were driving too fast and there were no places to pull over because the road was so very narrow.
As we progressed lower redbuds began to appear. The purple blossoms popped brightly in contrast to all the white pear trees. Combined with what looked like bridal wreath except it was bright, bright yellow. The yellow covered large sections of the mountainsides. Really beautiful. April is a perfect month to visit this area.
As we progressed down from Olympos Mountain soon the village of Pedoulas came into view. Pedoulas is built almost straight up and down on a very steep mountainside. There is only 1 road and it is very narrow. Construction was everywhere on that single road.
It appeared they are putting in a new water line for the entire village -- right down the center of their only road. We were the only tourist vehicle on the road; so traffic congestion was not a problem. Of all the villages we saw on this trip, Pedoulas is the most picturesque. Felt like we were in the mountains of Bavaria.
|Easter Eggs in each village|
At Kalopanagiotis we turned westward and eventually arrived at the Panagia tou Kykkou Monastery and Kykkos Museum.
|Kykkos Monastery entrance|
Heathen that I am, I had never heard of the Virgin of Kykkos. But I don't feel too bad because my Catholic husband had never heard of this gal either. A plaque stated something about Kykkos protecting sailors so maybe we should learn more about her.
|Exterior wall painting|
Photography was forbidden inside the museum, but here is a link that shows what we saw. Museum of Virgin of Kykkos The one item that completely fascinated me was a rectangle of cloth that had images of men that was done in such a way that their heads 'popped' up from the base cloth. They appeared 3-dimensional and the heads were formed by gray silk threads. This was produced by hand in the 1600s. The threads were perfectly aligned. I cannot imagine the skill required to produce something like this by hand.
|No blank spaces on this building. Frescoes everywhere inside the courtyard|
|Entryway to monastery|
|New bell tower|
|Old bell tower|
A new bell tower had been built up the mountainside higher than the monastery.
Bill liked the old bell tower down inside the monastery better than the fancy new one built up on the higher level.
|More of the entryway|
|Entry into one of the monastery buildings inside courtyard|
|Down to a hallway|
|Grinder for grain|
|What was this used for?|
|Exterior wall painting with tiles|
We backtracked to the village of Kalopanagiotis and turned northeast towards Nicosia (Lefkosia). We did not have a good map and had no idea where we were when arriving in Lefkosia. But we just drove until things began to 'feel' familiar. Eventually we found our landmark of the Coca-Cola bottling plant and could figure out which way to go. A quick trip to Carrefour for major supplies of streaky bacon; then a side trip to Lidl for their really good quality pork chops and German ham; and then we headed back to the marina. This likely will be our last trip to the south side before we depart for Turkey, so I wanted to stock our freezer jamb-full of pork products that we will not find in Turkey. Now Bill can have his daily ham sandwich for lunch for months to come.
Bill has a dental appointment on 23 April. We hope to depart shortly thereafter, assuming the weather is good. Nasty weather is predicted to blow through on 18-20 April. We are hoping that will be the final cold-weather nastiness and that sailing season can begin once that system dies down. On the other hand, a Chilean friend here in the marina is of Christian Palestinian heritage. If it is possible to put together a last-minute trip to visit her family, we would love to accompany her to visit her relatives. We would not pass up the opportunity to see the situation there through the eyes of the Palestinians. They are doing a haul-out with extra work being performed, so the possibility of this trip is highly unlikely. I seriously doubt that their haul-out will be complete soon enough to arrange a trip to Palestine before it is time for us to leave.
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