Sleeping in and a first look around town.
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After my extremely long night, not feeling well, and stressful experience finding the hotel, I just slept until I wanted to get out of bed. I had set an alarm for which was unrealistic given that I didn’t get to sleep until almost .
So, I got out of bed at feeling like I had been run over by a truck. I had a protein bar and some water as I hadn’t bought groceries, yet. I showered quickly and went to the front desk.
The very nice woman told me where I could find the Saturday market which by now was winding down but, should be able to find what I want. She also told me where to go to get the fresh bread, milk, and cheese.
I headed out, in a flash.
I saw a truck with produce baskets on the ground behind it. I was there. But, most all of the farmers had left. There were two that were almost finished loading in the big lot but, all else was bare. I went back to the one truck. I picked 3 apples, 5 carrots, 2 tomatoes, 4 cucumber, and 3 potatoes. My total was 1 euro 25 cents (about $1.80). That was cheap. I thanked him and went one my way. I made my way to the bakery. They had many, many sweets and desert options. I would try some, later. I bought a multigrain brown bread, some milk, and juice.
I took the groceries back to the room. I had a quick snack and then headed back out. I knew that I didn’t have much time.
My first stop was to be the
The church is magnificent in its rich details. I love the low domes with the corrugated look to the roof tiles. The bell tower details are the most amazing where you can clearly see the elements of Byzantine expression. The colonnades had many gravestones built into or attached to the church wall. There was also an area behind the church where there were many stone tombs, decorated in different styles, including Baroque.
The Church of Ayios Lazaros was built in the late 9th century and is named for Lazarus of Bethany, the subject of a miracle written about in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus raises him from the dead. Sometime after the Resurrection of Christ, Lazarus was forced to flee Judea due to threats on his life. He traveled to Cyprus. He was then appointed the first Bishop of Kittim which now modern Larnaca.
While walking around the church, I saw a sign asking for visitors to respect that this is a place of worship and dress accordingly. I, having just come from
On the way back I stopped a larger grocery and picked up peanut butter and jelly and some other meal possibilities. It’s only a few blocks so; I am back at the church 20 minutes including the grocery stop.
I was excited to walk inside.
The stone work is amazing and Icons everywhere. The ornamentation is exquisite in its execution. The chandeliers are grand but, they do not detract form the beauty of everything that they are lighting.
There are literally Icons everywhere. The altar is a very tall wall of nothing but Icons the whole width of the church and the height as well, unbelievable.
I made a donation and lit a candle my family and friends, health and happiness. I do that wherever I go. The very nice man tells me to walk wherever I want.
I walk to the other side of the church. There is a little old lady, she smiles at me and I smile back.
She saw me looking around and proceeded to tell me about the wood plank covering where there was once a center dome. It was destroyed by the Turks in 1974. She said that he Turks destroyed many beautiful things in
I went up to the third level, one level below the wall. I smelled food and there it was, a table of beautiful cakes and deserts……it smelled so good. I took a picture of it. I took many pictures along the wall and of many individual ones, as well but, there were so many people praying an kissing the icons that I didn’t want to get in their way. I’ll come back for closer inspection.
A mass was starting, so I took a few more pictures and then made my way out. As I was walking out I found some fascinating details of colorful painted metal on the chandeliers.
I walked from here, as fast as I could, to the beach. I could see that not only was the sky overcast but, the clouds were angry. The light was almost gone as well.
I walked along the beach towards the fort. It was peaceful and breezy. The waves were gently lapping at the shore and the water was surprisingly warm.
I stopped at a souvenir shop and picked up on postcards and a surprise.
Now, it was back to the hotel.
I blog a bit and watch Empire Falls (HBO) which is fantastic.
Off to sleep, I go. Please let me sleep in right hand drive!