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    Ofto Kleftiko
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    Cyprus Electrical Outlet Type

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 13, 2011

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    G type of electrical device

    Favorite thing: •Cyprus uses Type G

    The Type G electrical plug is a British three-pin rectangular blade plug that has a protective fuse inside to protect cords from high-current circuits. Type G outlets generally include safety switches.

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    A game of backgammon brings people together!

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 1, 2011

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    A game of 'Tavli' or baclgammon in Cyprus!

    Favorite thing: Backgammon can bring people together. Groups of friends gather at the 'kafenio'or coffee shops where normally only men go, and play backgmmon and cards.

    In Greek the word of backgammon is "tavli" and locals on the island have been playing versions of the game for centuries. These days Tavli has never been so popular, with Cypriots - both young and old - playing the game at pavement cafes and coffee shops, even at the beach. If you are sitting down at a Cypriot cafe enjoying a traditional Cypriot coffee, you are almost bund to see players reveling for their game.
    If you show enough interest, you may even be invited over for a game or two!

    I have seen this happening in a couple of hotel restaurants that I have been lately, and I noticed that even if the two person cannot understand each other, yet they can play a game of backgammon because this game can bring people closer. It was fun when I saw these people in the picture playing every night.

    So, do you know how to play it? You might have the chance to make new friendships out of it in Cyprus!

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    Cypriot dishes, and how to order in Greek!

    by greekcypriot Written Mar 30, 2011

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    Ofto Kleftiko

    Favorite thing: Glossary
    I thought to give you the name of some Cypriot dishes and explain what each one represents so that you know exactly what it is when you are at a Cypriot restaurant.
    You can of course photo copy and have it with you on the trip.

    Afelia: it is pork cooked in red wine crushed coriander seeds
    Arni: it is lamb
    Avgolemono: egg and lemon soup
    Bourekia: small puff pastries with meat, or cheese and cream with a cheese filling.
    Daktyla: almong finger pastries
    Elioti: olive bread or pie
    Elies tsakistes: cracked green olives with coriander seeds, lemon and crushed garlic.
    Fangri: sea bream
    Fasolia: haricot beans cooked in a casserole
    Feta: salty white cheese usually crumbled on village salads.
    Flaounes: Cypriot Easter cakes made with cheese and spices
    Glyko: preserved fruits in syrup
    Halloumi: firm goats or ewes milk cheese, often served grilled.
    Hirino: pork
    Horiatiki salata: village salad of white cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, olives, onion, etc.
    Houmous: dip from soaked, crushed chick peas
    Kalamari: squid
    Kapari: pickled caper
    Karaoli yahni: snails in tomato sauce
    Keftedes: meat balls
    Kleftiko ofto: lamb or goat wrapped in foil with herbs and baked in a sealed oven
    Kolokotes: pastries stuffed with red pumpkin, raisins and pourgouri
    Kotopoulo: chicken
    Koupepia or dolmades: stuffed vine leaves
    Koupes: cigar shaped wheat cases with meat filling
    Loukoumades: doughnuts in syrup
    Loukanika: Cyprus sausages
    Loukoumia: Wedding shortbread
    Lountza: smoked and marinated loin of pork
    Marida: whitebait
    Moungra: pickled cauliflower
    Moussakas: a pie made from layers of minced beef, spices and vegetables with cheese topping
    Octopodi krasato: octopus in red wine
    Pitta: flat envelope of unleavened bread
    Pourgouri pilafi: pilaf of cracked wheat
    Psari: fish
    Ravioli: pastry stuffed with halloumi and mint
    Rizi: wheat and lamb pilaf, served at weddings.
    Sheftalia: minced pork and herb rissole
    Souvla: large chunks of lamb cooked on a spit
    Souvlakia: kebabs
    Stifado: rich beef and onion stew
    Tahini: sesame seed paste, served as a dip
    Taramosalata: dip made from smoked cods roe
    Trahanas: soup from cracked wheat and yoghurt
    Tzantziki/or Talatouri: yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip
    Vodino: beef
    Yemista: baked stuffed vegetables with rice and minced beef
    Zalatina: brawn

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    the castle of Lemesos

    by Aggeliki Updated Oct 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The medieval castle is one of the nine castles of Cyprus. It was built by the Byzantines around 1000 AD. Around the same period, a chapel was also built there. Richard the Lionheart is supposed to have married his fiancée Princess Berengaria of Navarre on this site after her ship was grounded nearby in 1191 as she accompanied him to the Third Crusade, on his way to Holy Land. The Castle was used as a prison, between 1790-1940
    The medieval castle of Limassol now is a museum. The collection that the museum provides covers the era of 400 - 1870 A.D. A visitor can see numerous exhibits: cannons, wood carvings of the 17th and 18th century, paintings and tombstones, statues, suits of armor, coins, terracotta, metalware and pottery, glass and marble articrafts.

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    The theatre in Kourion

    by Aggeliki Updated Oct 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The most spectacular site at Kourion is the Greco-Roman amphitheatre that has been completely restored and is used today for open air musical and theatrical performances.It has a capacity of 3000 spectators.

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    Ancient Kourion

    by Aggeliki Written Oct 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Ancient Kourion was a city in Cyprus, which endured from antiquity until the early Middle Ages.It was a major centre of cultural, political and religious life. The town was founded in the 12th Century BC by Mycenean Greeks.
    It was home to the centuries-old site of the Sanctuary of Apollo.Kourion was destroyed by two catastrophic earthquakes in the early 4th century. It's a place full of extensive ruins and well-preserved mosaics.

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    Ancient Amathus

    by Aggeliki Written Oct 25, 2007

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    on amathus hill
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    Favorite thing: Amathus was one of the most ancient royal cities of Cyprus, on the southern coast in front of Agios Tychonas, about 24 miles west of Larnaca and 6 miles east of Limassol.
    Amathus was built on the coastal cliffs with a view of the sea. It flourished and became a rich kingdom since the early years of its settlement.

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    Akrotiri bay

    by Aggeliki Written Oct 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Akrotiri Bay is located east of the Akrotiri Peninsula on the southern coast of the island of Cyprus. The city of Limassol is located on the bay. Along the bay some of the most beautiful hotels are situated here. The promenade beside the bay is full of very high palm trees.

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    White wines from Cyprus

    by Fen Written Nov 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Aphrodite:
    Full-bodied, full-flavoured, elegant, distinguished. This is a wine to enjoy with any of the lighter foods.

    Bellapais
    Slightly sparkling and totally delicious,with an appealling bouquet all of its own. Serve-it chilled for a festive touch to any meal.

    Thisbe:
    One of the new-style Cyprus wines -light, aromatic and smooth. Chill it and enjoy its fresh, fruity flavour at any time of the day

    St Hilarion:
    Generous in its sweetness, yet light and subtle. You could call this a perfect all-round wine,to be drunk with enjoyment at any time you like.

    Hirondelle:
    For a richly sweet taste sensation, look for Hirondelle with the gold label. Full yet not overwhelming, it tastes superb, either with a dessert or on its own.

    St Panteleimon:
    The art in making this wine is to pick the grapes at precisely the right moment and to stop fermentation at precisely the right stage.The result is magnificent a wine of distinctive bouquet and mellow personality.

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    Red wines from Cyprus

    by Fen Written Nov 6, 2003

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    Fine wines

    Favorite thing: Kykko:
    Another of the new generation Cyprus wines,made from a combination of the Carignan and Grenache grape and tailored to European tastes

    Olympus
    A dry red, gently matured for a subtle, mellow flavour. Delicate enough to be drunk even with chicken.

    Salamis
    Mellow and smooth,with a distinctive,and distinguished, bouquet and character.

    Afames:
    From the Afames mountains on the southern slopes of the Troodos. A full-bodied, beautifully balanced red, rich in bouquet and character.

    Othello:
    A wine to rank with the finest reds. It has a palate-filling flavour and a smoothness to suprise you.
    Kolossi:
    Named after the Templar's headquarters castle near Limassol. It has a gorgeously full taste and a good, firm character and bouguet

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    I spent only a week in...

    by TheaIren Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I spent only a week in Limassol with my friend. As we were in vacation we decided mostly to relax and becuase of it, we did'nt saw almost anything in Limassol-just outdoor swimmingpool :)We wanted to have some sunbrown into our skins...Still we went to excursions and jeep safari but they were outside from Limassol.

    Fondest memory: Hot sun and milkshake near swimmingpool !:)
    I have to go back in there and discover the city !

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  • For younger visitors...

    by frantic Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: For younger visitors
    Yermosoyia Area is the place to be
    A variety of Clubs , Pubs, Cafes
    I suggest The GALATEX mall where many pubs are located there
    Another place not known to many tourists but for those who want to see the local lifestyle is the area in the city centre at nights is accessible by a taxi (fairs are consideraly cheap up to 6 Cy POUNDS)

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    the port of limassol

    by Aggeliki Written Oct 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The new port is the largest and busiest harbour on the island.it s the centre for numerous shipping companies. Most of the island’s cargo (import and export) is handled here.

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    Web Radio " Kanali 6

    by Yiannis2000 Written Apr 23, 2004

    Favorite thing: Nice mix of music and local cypriot news. Tune at FM 106 or FM 107.1

    Fondest memory: Click on the button for Kanali Eksi at: www.istoikona.com

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    Roof top pool view

    by Fen Written Sep 23, 2003

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    Top view

    Favorite thing: This is the view from my Hotel which had a swimming pool and Bar on the Roof. It was great to just relax and soak up the sun.

    Ah another cool beer is required.

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