Billiards is a highly popular leisure activity in Cyprus.
There are many billiards clubs in all the major towns, hotels and bars.
I have seen a billiard table in a hotel I recently visited in Episkopi.
It was at 'Antony's Garden House'.
Souvla is the simplest and most popular dish in Cyprus. It is made with big cubes or chunks of lamb, pork or chicken, skewered and grilled over charcoal.
In the summer the beaches are filled with -souvla lovers who come late in the afternoon, and with friends or relatives enjoy their evening out next to a beach.
Usually Mothers are after their children with a fruit or a sandwich trying to feed them while the children play in the water or out in the shore.
They carry tables and chairs, and with a lamp have the souvla on the spit over charcoal and sit and enjoy life.
The only thing I hate is that they do it so often and Mothers think that this is the best way of feeding a child. If you see them they are always calling the children to come out of the water and havea bite. I hate this but it is happening!!
Beaches are full of life in Cyprus!
For a more formal dining experience try Cypriot seafood…but this might cost you much more. Zygi is an area with good fish taverns, and in big cities you can find many. You can ask locals to recommend you the cheapest and the best if you wish.
Avoid going to restaurants with very few people. Cypriots themselves eat a lot out especially during the weekends so drop in a restaurant where you see that it is crowded. It means that the restaurant is good.
Now the fish meze is again a combination of different dishes…but the best dishes come at the very end when you are already full. For instance the grilled fish might come at the very end and you will be really angry when you see that you can eat no more.
Cypriots love octopus done in a stew of red wine, carrots, tomatoes and onions. It is called –krasato. Kalamari is the squid is another dish, it will be either cut into rings, battered and fried, or stuffed with rice, cumin, cloves and baked.
Bakaliaros – salt cod is often served with roast potatoes and tomatoes, also fried with a garlic dip which is really wonderful and very tasty. I love it! The red mullet is also very popular and one of my favourite especially if it is fresh, sea bass and gilt-head bream (tsipoura). Shrimps and cooked cuttlefish.
Don’t leave the island of Cyprus without trying the ‘Meze’ at a restaurant.
It is something like the Spanish tapas. It is a style based on serving out several small dishes of food. Typical plates include olives, salad, bread, dips like potato salad, tzatziki, stuffed vine leaves, snails, omelette, yoghurt, fried liver, mushrooms, halloumi, lountza ….probably more.
Now I suggest that if you are five persons, and some of you don’t like different dishes, ask for meze for 3. The dishes are so many that you will end up paying for 5 and in the end there will be much food left.
Buy either beer or ask to be brought wine in a carafe. Bottled wine always costs much. Wine in Cyprus is really nice...believe me!
21ST NOVEMBER FESTIVAL
The Church of Panayia of Agros is dedicated to the Holy Mother. On the 21st of November a festival takes place at the church. People from the area come to honour the Holy mother and receive her grace. A visit to the festival gives the opportunity to the visitors to do a religious duty and get a taste of popular / religious customs of exceptional beauty.
At 11 o'clock in the morning of Easter Sunday the mass of love takes place in the village church. During the mass the gospel is read in different languages. At every stop of the gospel the bells chime,
, while at end the believers knock softly on the benches and a big tray of bronze spins in the center of the church making a great noice. All these strange customs are just a way of expressing the joy of resurrection. At the end of the mass there is a Holy Procession around the church. When the Holy Procession is over the Icon of Resurrection is placed on a special chair for the believers to worship. Then they all wish to one another "Christos Anesti" (Christ is resurrected) and get as an answer "Alithos Anesti" (He is truly resurrected). No one leaves until everyone has wished to one another. This way the queue gets longer and fills the yard of the church. The same happens the next day at the Holy Church of Prodromos. This custom is repeated all Sundays and holidays for the next 40 days.
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.
People make litter possible. Fast food packaging is merely the most visible symptom of this urban disease.
The reason I am against fast food restaurants on beaches is that their garbage inevitably ends-up on the beach and in the water, degrading both the environment and the tourist experience. I am swimming in a clean ocean and I am looking down through 20 feet of clear water at bottles and cans on the seabed. What is wrong with this picture?
I spent 15-20 minutes this weekend picking-up trash on my local beach, including broken glass. It defies logic, at least for me, why people would throw glass beer bottles away on the beach near the water or intentionally break them on the rocks? Most of the garbage I picked up was within 10-15 yards of a trash can. Plastic bags are the worst, because the wind picks them up and carries them into the water, where they easily float half-full of water.
I think the Cypriots are as guilty of littering as any tourist are. Maybe even more so. I see them. I see their garbage. It is in areas not visited often by tourists. Also bad are the migrant workers who spend their evenings on the beach drinking. They pick-up beer or wine at the local kiosk and then go down to the beach for a cheap evening of entertainment. The next day I find their trash. Quite often broken bottles too. No doubt they get drunk and then throw their bottle on the rocks. However, I also find a lot of plastic water bottles floating around. So it is hard to generalise other than to say, people who pollute their environment are worse than thoughtless.
We all want to have a clean water and spotless beaches, especially when we pay to go on vacation to supposedly unspoilt areas. Although there is little you can do about others, think about the wind and waves that can pick paper & plastic up and carry it away, and make sure your litter finds it was into a closed garbage container.
Leave only your foot prints behind. Thank you.
Girls, don't get offended at the guys! It's just the way they are there. Especially if you are Russian, ignore the offensive language and proposals.