Silversmiths in Lefkara are doing fine work of art.
I met this man on my visit to Lefkara some years back. He was working patiently on a very delicate silver work of art that he was trying to finish.
He was very polite, he invited me in and told me about his work.
I tried to find him again on my last trip but the workshop is closed now. He is probably working from home.
There are many shops selling silverware out here.
Unfortunately owners of different shops were complaining because fewer people are interested to buy silverware because of the economy problem. Even tourists have less money now.
Through the link below you cab get much information about this very popular village which is in the district of Larnaca.
BUS: (1 bus daily Monday-Saturday, departure from Plateia Agiou Lazarou)
TIP: Lefkara is an extremely interesting destination and one of those villages to be counted in your list.
Try spending one night here -you won't regret it.
Cyprus also has rich musical and dance traditions quite distinctive from those of Greece.
If you are lucky enough you will have the opportunity to see such dances in Cypriot restaurants or festival during summer. Many of these dances are perfomed face-to face and as a suite.
Instruments that typically accompany folk dances are the violin and laouto, a lute with four double strings played with the quill of an eagle or vulture. Many Cyprus dances are performed face-to-face and as a suite.
The word in Greek for these dancing festivals are called 'panigiri' so if you are there you can ask if there is a 'panigiri' taking place in the place where you are!
The church of the Holy Cross (Timios Stavros) in Upper Lefkara has a very beautiful icon-stand of the 18th century and a unique silver 13th century cross. A church with three naves, and an imposing and remarkably decorated beltower.
In Lefkara you won’t see farmer houses, but houses of merchants. They are beautiful, with style and architecture. All of them are stone--built, some with beautiful doorways providing glimpses of flower-filled and vine-covered courtyards, while others are two-storey colour washed residences with balconies and intricately patterned tiled floors.
One such beautiful house is the one in the picture which was just opposite the hoteel where I stayed. (The Lefkara and Restaurant Hotel) very near the church of Timios Stavros.
I happened to be the 25th of March in Lefkara with a group of friends, all members of our choir in Greece.
The moment the parade started everyone was moved when we saw the children participating in the parade.
The narrow streets of Lefkara were suddenly filled with people. Parents started to gather a little earlier out on the sides of the streets and proudly were waiting to see their children taking part in the parade.
In every single village, city or town there is a parade on this day.
It is a double celebration.The celebration of Greek Independence Day, and one of the holiest days for Greek Orthodox Christians, the Annunciation of the Theotokos.
A game of backgammon is very popular in the (kafenio) cafes where older people meet for a chat and time of relaxation.
You will see friends gathered around the small table where their friends play ....sometimes the game can get serious, and the friends who participate bet who is going to win and this is fun.
Sometimes at these cafes or Kafenia as they are called in Cyprus you can find friends playing cards but they are not playing for money. Just for fun and it can be a favourite passtime.
Cypriots are very hospitable. Don't say " no thanks" if you are asked to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine with a Cypriot. Feel this human touch. You will be given the warmest of welcomes here.
By travelling around the island you will find that the spirit of hospitality is very strong in Cyprus.
Cypriots have a reputation for being friendly, so don't be surprised if they invite you into their homes and go out of their way to treat you as one of the family.
The majority of Cypriots speak English and you will be instantly accepted and given a taste of the local culture and way of life.
The people's helpful nature means that if your car ever breaks down you will never be stuck at the roadside for more than a few minutes before someone stops to help.
I am sure that by the time you leave the island you will have made some real good friends, and you would want to return the following year back again.
The women of the village still sit in the street to do their needlework.
If you happen to visit Lefkara I urge you to approach these ladies and see how they work.
You will see that they will open to you as you start talking to them, and you will surely be welcomed in with a smile.
See how hospitable they can be…especially if they can speak some English.
In the summer you will find them sitting outside in the street in groups of two or three. If you visit Lefkara in winter you can spot them sitting inside. They are concentrated on their work of art which needs counting, clear mind and much patience.