Some culture courtesy of UNESCO
Nea Paphos Travel Blog› entry 4 of 5 › view all entries
May 27th, 2009 – by: andytite
The first thing that caught my attention was some sort of ruin that looked like a great big cave. I quickly gambolled off in that direction, fully intent on climbing in, on and over it to my hearts content. A cautionary hand on my shoulder by the GF stopped that dead in my tracks - but not to worry, the scrambling and climbing came later on!
Shortly into the site we came across the House of Dionysus.
A lighthouse was in the distance and we made for that - even though I doubted that it was a World Heritage wonder. It wasn't, but there were some great views from the high ground above the sea, and the contrast between the nice shiny lighthouse and the burned out car and pile of rubbish next to it was, to say the least, interesting.
Shortly past the lighthouse we found Odeion, a partly restored ampitheatre, again a well old structure built in the second century AD. As a venue for drama it would be magnificent, and we spent a little while sitting and watching the world go by. Coincidentally, while we were sipping our water and I reapplied the sunscreen (again) we met two more English tourists who shared our names and my girlfriend's birthday.
After sunning ourselves and having a chat, we picked another dust path and wandered on. The final sight of our wanderings came into sight, the ruins of Saranda Kolones, a Byzantine fort built in the seventh century. As the site is completely open (to hell in a hand basket with English health and safety rules that sap the fun out of monuments) I took the opportunity to climb, trip and stumble around the ruins. What was most impressive was the two huge archways, still standing despite earthquakes and other damages over time. I found a small tunnel, and took my opportunity to climb in. It went down, and then steeply fell away into a massive hole that I narrowly managed to avoid falling head first into! It was great fun and tired, flushed and in need of more sunscreen I flopped down throughly impressed with myself. The GF raised an eyebrow and asked if I had enjoyed myself. As if she needed to ask.
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