The excursion to Xyliatos on Sunday 17 Feb. was a multi-faceted display of the invigorating power of water. Despite the ominous weather warnings, a wonderful large number of Strollers, among us a few first timers, carrying proper rain wear, turned up cheerful; one could say we had come close to becoming lovers of the rain. Yet, miraculously, there was no rain, and that helped. It helped us take notice of a humble stream (named ’tis elias’) to our right, which this time had a good flow; it helped our passionate fb photographer climb rocks for some shots; it helped us even accept an unlikely leader for part of the walk; and it helped Satu fill-up two bags of shopping. The dam at Xyliatos, which on 27 Jan. was less than half full, now was overflowing. The meal was a rewarding experience and as if all this was not enough, we offered ourselves the after-lunch bonus of a visit to a mine lake, a five-minute drive from Ochtos taverna. Compliments to Sevag and Nicoletta for the photos. Join us on 23 Feb at Akapnou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/akapnou-23-feb/
The stroll of Saturday 9 February offered lasting impressions to participants; the visit and expert guide description of the interiors of the 16 c. Podithou church and Archangelos church in Galata; footpaths with overgrown vegetation, thanks to the abundant rainfalls; the walk on the cobbled roads of Old Kakopetria; the waters of Clarios river which, even though running forcefully, had such a tranquilizing effect on us all. Compliments to Nana, Thalis and Stathis for sending photos. Join us on 17 Feb. at Xyliatos https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/xyliatos-stavros-agiasmati-17-feb/
Following the unusually heavy rains of the past couple of months, the large group of Strollers along the gorge of Pedieos on Sunday 3 February marveled at the river flow, and the green landscape, which included flowering lavenders. Compliments to George for leading the outing and to Nana, Nicos, Stathis and Nicoletta for the photos. Join us on 9 Feb, at Galata https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/galata-kakopetria-9-feb/
Teisia, the destination of the outing of Sunday 27 January, has such a mystique, that no cold, no chilly wind, could keep a very large group of Strollers away from this hike. The party was cheerful and included kids and dogs and a few dozens of newcomers. The scenery provided ample compensation, with the densest population of golden oaks on the island, albeit infested with lichens; and the erect constructions of frozen magma. Compliments to Gunnar for leading this excursion and to Nicoletta, Maria, Nana and Stathis for their photos. Especial compliments also to every participant in the lunch that followed for your patience in getting seated in the crowded Fountoukia taverna; the quality of the meal was a deserved reward! Join us on 3 Feb. at Pedieos gorge https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/pedieos-gorge-mahairas-monastery-3-feb/
Strollers of all age groups, from a variety of backgrounds, incl. newcomers, hiked on the attractive Adelphi forest on Saturday 19 January as one cheerful, homogeneous party. The weather was optimal, the fields around covered in green, streams flowed after the heavy rains of this month, conversations were stimulating, and the meal at our favourite Forviotissa taverna at Asinou superb. All this, under the energetic baton of George, our walk maestro. Compliments to Christos, Maria and Stathis for the photos. Join us on 27 Jan. on Madari https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/madari-teisia-27-jan/
Generosity was displayed in so many ways on this first outing of the club’s 10th season of excursions into the Cyprus countryside. Saturday 12 January offered not one, but two hikes near Lythrodontas; there was not a drop of rain, in a welcome respite from the heavy rainfall of these days; participating Strollers had an overflow of good humour, and extended a warm welcome to the new members; among us Luke was so generous in collecting a bagful of cartridges left behind by hunters; the walk leader recited an ancient Irish blessing for the new year to all; the rich meal at Steki Marinos that followed was highly enjoyed; our host, Marinos, baked the tastiest vasilopita we can remember; and to cap it all, there were not one, but two tokens, which translated to two gifts, for Gunnar and young George, the lucky winners, thanks to the generosity of Galatia, who offered the second gift. Compliments to Christos and Stathis for the photos. Join us on 19 Jan. at Asinou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/adelphi-asinou-agios-theodoros-19-jan/
Every participant in the hike on the slopes of Pipis on Saturday 22 December had a feast day; among us, a record number of dogs, which enjoyed the wonderful sunshine and the very clear sky. Compliments to Angelos for leading the outing and to Stathis for the photos. The club wishes every member and friend a joyful vacation. Come back to this website by 31 Dec. to view and print out the Activities Schedule for the new season January-May 2019.