A spirited large group walked along the small, but picturesque Pedieos river gorge, up to Mahairas monastery, on 23 November 2014, enjoying the exercise, the scenery, the mellow weather, the visit to the monastery and a picnic lunch.
A marvelous group of Strollers went once more to the mountains, despite the ‘discouraging’ weather forecast for Saturday 15 November; we rejoiced at the sky blue sky and modest sunshine that welcomed us on Madari; we walked close to the geological wonder of ‘Teisia’ and admired the erect wall-like structures, the result of volcanic eruption deep inside the Earth’s mantle; we climbed up to the Watch Tower, the tallest point on the Madari range at 1620 m, and cast our eyes all around; the trail followed a dense forest area, rich in golden oaks and junipers; we spotted the delicate flowers of the Cyprus cyclamen; for the last half hour the clouds that gathered above changed into a fine drizzle and some fog, adding one more excitement to the landscape.
On the 25th anniversary from the demolishing of the Berlin Wall, the Cyprus Strollers walked in the only remaining divided capital city in Europe, with a wish that we may see the end of Nicosia’s division too. The day was so bright, and the Pedieos river banks trail enjoyable, with plenty of shade from the trees and some water flowing in the river, following the recent rainfalls.
We were a brave group, which walked in rain for the initial half hour or so in Mahairas forest on Saturday, 1 November. The rewards were plentiful: the sun came out, mushrooms were abundant, we spotted the first cyclamen flowers at one place, and saw the flight of a partridge family on our left, just before ‘conquering’ Kionia summit, with its dominant telecommunications sphere. The picnic was plentiful, with a large variety of goodies, and spirits flowing high, aided by the bottle of Cidre de Normandie, which we happily shared. Compliments to Aphrodite and Andreas for the photos.