Agros local customs
EASTER TUESDAY ICON CARRYING
Icon carrying is an ancient custom dated at the years of iconoclasm. On Sunday of Orthodoxy carrying of icons takes place at all churches for the victory of Orthodoxy against the iconoclasts. This procession takes place on Easter Tuesday as well. On sunrise the custom begins and one procession starts from the Church of Panayia and a while later another one from the Church of Prodromos. The miraculous icon of Panayia Agriotissa leads the first procession and the icon of Saint Ioannis the Baptist leads the second procession. These two procession meet at a point and continue as one with followers joining at several points of Agros. The route of the procession is fixed since the old years. Fixed are also the points where the procession will stop for the prayer. During the procession the bells of both churches chime as well as the bell that leads during the whole activity.
when you need a little spice in your life
There are several Indian restaurants in Limassol. Raj's Tandoor, Calcutta, The Jewel of India and, of course, a Taj Mahal. One of them I don't like at all. I prefer Raj's the best, but I have not given one an adequate chance yet, so I will have to reserve opinion or update these pages later.
A good Indian might not spring to mind when it is hot outside, but for most of the year it is just what Doctor Bombay ordered for a little spice. Raj's can make food according to your liking. Either mild, medium, madras, bindaloo or phal. They can also do vegetarian. If you don't ask, it will likely arrive quite mild, but they can make it as hot as you would like or stand.
Indian food is always enjoyed better in a group, so you can mix and match a few hot & spicy dishes with some milder dishes. When I am alone I never quite know what to order. Therefore, I usually end up ordering a Tikka Masala, which is not too spicey. However, they do the works from Tandoori, Tikka Masala, Korma, Sag, Jalfreji, Biryani, Rogan Joash and the curry that you would expect.
The prices are quite high, and the more dishes you order the quicker the price adds up. A main dish is CYP 5.85 ($13.20), a starter is CYP 2.50-3.00, Alloo Gobhi or Bombay Aloo is about CYP 4.00, steamed rice is CYP 2.00, and a Peshawari Nan bread is CYP 1.50. Beer costs CYP 2.00 as well. So, if you order one of each and two beers the price would be CYP 20, which is $45 per person give or take depending on how much you can share the dishes.
Not cheap, but good tasting.
Always rushing through.
"A means to an end."
I have to be perfectly honest at the outset, and explain the slightly cryptic chapter title. I go to Cyprus frequently (my girlfriend is Cypriot) and we visit most parts of the island but, for some reason, we never seem to stop in Limassol (hence the generic photo). Odd really, as it is one of the major cities, and certainly the most important seaport. It is, in addition, a major tourist resort but we always seem to be going through it to visit friends in Akrotiri, Ypsonas or wherever. I really must make the effort to have a good look round soon.
Anyway, to the chapter title. Now I love VT and it's layout etc. but it always throws up little quirks as to what locations you can build tips about, and the village of Lofou is one place that isn't supported. I have, therefore, created a Limassol page to allow for an "off the beaten track" tip and a couple of travelogues on what I think is one of the loveliest villages on the island. I apologise to those of you who dropped by here looking for tips on your next trip to Limassol, but I would defend myself by saying that, if you are in Limassol, you really should visit Lofou if you can and see what old Cyprus was like.
I lived in Cyprus from August 2000 thru July 2001. I was there on assignment...you will love Cyprus, just don't rush anything (siga siga) and join in with the locals for a great time.
I visit often, and Cyprus is fast becoming one of my favorite places.