Sweet November: All the Delight of Living in Cyprus – 24 Nov.

Seldom does one get a day so bright and unwindy in November by the sea, as The Cyprus Strollers enjoyed on Saturday 24 November, hiking for four hours along the coast at Petra tou Romiou. Perhaps this is our consolation, for not being able to hike over the four hot summer months. Compliments to Dimitris, Koula and Stathis for sending photos. Join us on 2 December at Kato Drys https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kato-drys-2-dec/

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Ian’s Lofou – 18 Nov.

A very large group of Strollers, including several newcomers, accepted Ian’s invitation and explored the treasures of Lofou and Silikou villages, both natural and cultural. Highlights included the restored water troughs where the village women used to wash clothes, and a visit to a commandaria wine place. Compliments to Ian for leading the outing and to Stathis for the photos. Join us on 24 Nov. at Petra Romiou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/petra-romiou-24-nov/

Meal to Remember – 10 Nov.

The hike at Platania on Saturday 10 November took us into a beautiful forest, along a dirt road. The road was cut-off to vehicles at two points, owing to erosion from past heavy rainfall. The colours of autumn interchanged with the green of pine trees, and the red fruit of the ivy and strawberry trees. The meal that capped the day was a superb parade of dishes, at the club’s taverna of choice, in Kakopetria. Compliments to Stathis for the photos. Join us on 18 Nov at Lofou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/lofou-hike-sunday-18-nov/

Thoroughly Enjoyed – 4 Nov.

Should we attribute it to pure chance? Or was it one further proof of the paradox in life, which tells that people enjoy most those things asking for our patience and perseverance? Indeed, the dedicated party of Strollers, who accepted the organizational challenges of the excursion to Stavros Agiasmati and Panagia Araka, beamed the maximum of enjoyment throughout the hike, the fruit picking, the driving, the waiting and the meal.

This outing will cling to memory for one more fact: the presence of teams of Teacher-Student, a remarkable display of loyalty to the club from Nana and George! Compliments to Taline, Maria, Daniela and Nana for their photos. Join us on 10 Nov. at Platania https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kakopetria-agios-nicolaos-platania-10-nov/

Teacher Nana Students Stefano Marine Ulash

Teacher George Student Deborah

Fire stricken Slopes Regenerating – 27 Oct.

29 months after the large fire of 2016, the slopes over Kourdali are showing distinct signs of rebirth. The visit and hike of Saturday 27 October took place in sunny conditions and Strollers enjoyed the forest, the very clear views and the challenges of some tough uphill. Compliments to Neophytos for picking a large mushroom, and to Maria and Stathis for the photos. Join us on 4 November at Stavros https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/stavros-agiasmati-panagia-araka-4-nov/

To Escape the Heavy Rainfall in Nicosia, Strollers Hiked at Prodromos Dam – 21 Oct.

Sunday 21 October will be remembered as a day of irony. Many chose to stay behind in Nicosia, for fear of possible rain on Troodos. Yet, the two dozens of brave Strollers at Prodromos dam enjoyed a wonderful day out, at an altitude of 1500 m, and not a drop of rain! At same time, the capital was experiencing a heavy downpour with fierce winds. A lucky day for the club, no more, of course. The rewards were plenty for participants who carried along their rainwear, and had a second set of clothes in their car boot, should they be needed. The dam had quite a lot of water, the pines and other trees were resplendent, the buffet lunch delicious. Compliments to Francine, who commented on the new gabion, at a spot where the slope was experiencing soil erosion, and to Taline and Stathis for the photos. Join us on 27 Oct. at Spilia https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kourdali-spilia-27-oct/

For the Love of Dense Forests – Stavroulia 13 Oct.

We hiked for the love of hiking on Prodromos on Saturday 13 October; but it was the love of the dense forest of black pine at Stavroulia, perhaps the most beautiful of its kind in Cyprus, that made us push to the very end of the trail, despite the rather sharp slope and oncoming thunderstorm. The feeling of completion was fulfilling, as was the meal that followed, by the fire, in joyful company. Compliments to Christos for leading this outing and to Maria for the photos. Join us on 21 October, again on Prodromos https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/troodos-prodromos-dam-21-oct/