Strollers at Platania on Sunday 9 February were entertained to several delights. Among them, the snow on the sides of the dirt road and on the slopes, which made familiar nature views look unfamiliar; a hike along a road which offered safe exercise; the welcoming of students, in Cyprus for one semester, choosing the captivating practice of getting to know a new place on foot. Participants stole the show, however, on account of the magnificent array of bonnets worn, to protect from the near-zero temperatures; the dash of romanticism as seen by the writing on snow; and the high spirits and camaraderie over lunch. Compliments to Anna, Antonis and Panayiotis for the photos. Join us on 15 Feb for a coastal hike https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/governors-coast-15-feb/
A very large gathering enjoyed the sunny winter day and a stroll at Adelphi forest with many thrills; among them, a couple of ponds which have been created, on account of the strong rainfall of January. Compliments to George for leading this outing and to Antonis for the photos. Join us on 9 Feb at Platania https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/platania-spilia-9-feb/
A very large and multi cultural group of Strollers, including several first timers discovered the hills of Sia on Sunday 26 January. Many participated at the lunch and surprises that followed, doubling their pleasure. Compliments to Stathis, Panayiotis, Mikela and Nana for the photos. Compliments also to the young contingent of litter pickers. Join us on Feb 1 at Asinou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/adelphi-asinou-1-feb/
A large gathering of Strollers took advantage of one day without rain, in a very wet week, and hiked all along the coast of Oroklini. A rich lunch followed as an additional treat, at the fish restaurant that offers the best sea views in Larnaca. Over lunch, newcomers were especially welcomed, as they discussed their impressions from the day. Compliments to Maria for leading this outing and to Stathis for the photos. Join us on 26 Jan. at Sia https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/sia-hills-26-jan/
A demanding hike at Lythrodontas hills, under ideal weather and a wonderful meal, were the appropriate set-up for the cutting of the traditional New Year’s Vasilopita cake of The Cyprus Strollers, on Sunday 12 January 2020. The turnout was impressive and there was cheer all around. One thing stood out, beyond all else, and this was Sofia’s spontaneous and captivating recounting of the origins of the Vasilopita tradition. The gathering also paid tribute to Ian, who returns to the UK, after a highly appreciated contribution to this club. Compliments to Heather, Stathis and Panayiotis for the photos. Join us on 18 Jan. along Oroklini’s coast https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/oroklini-dhekelia-coast-18-jan/
The Cyprus Strollers welcome the New Year and wish every Stroller and every follower health, peace and many pleasant hikes in 2020.
The club website has concluded 2019 with 9,064 visitors and 31,878 views.
The Cyprus Strollers concluded their 11th season of activities, over October – December 2019, with lots to smile about:
12 hikes, 135 km walked, for a total of 38 hours.
Cumulatively, over all 11 seasons, our accomplishment is as follows:
173 hikes, 1679 km walked, for a total of 542 hours of innumerable fun.
The new Schedule for January – May 2020 is published; you may download and study it here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/. Join us on 12 January for the start of the 12th season and Vasilopita https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/lythrodontas-12-jan-2020/ . Compliments to Stathis for the holidays spirit picture.
Our excursion in the fields of Kornos on Saturday 21 December offered a merry time to all, adults, minors and dogs; even one domestic dog in the area, which so much liked our jolly mood, that it joined along for much of the hike. Given this atmosphere, the walk leader added the unscheduled gift of the visit to the old double-arched bridge, by somewhat extending the length of the hike. Lunch was a splendid reward, with extraordinary dishes that delighted all. Compliments to Stathis for the photos. Best wishes to all readers for a joyful holiday. Be back on 12 January 2020.
A brave team of Strollers tackled the threat of rain on Sunday 15 December appropriately equipped, and hiked round Larnaca’s Salt Lake. The rewards were plenty: the flamingos, the ducks, some sunshine, and not a drop of rain. Lunch was a well deserved fish and seafood meal, accompanied by white wine. Compliments to George for the photos. Join us on 21 Dec. for the final activity of 2019 https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kornos-21-dec/
Alert! The area of Kamares is vulnerable to flooding, and has been affected by the continuous rain of the past few days. Consequently the starting point for the hike round the Larnaca Salt Lake of 15 December is moved. Driving instructions follow: Get to the main junction between Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue and Leoforos Athalassas. Zero your odometer at this junction. Drive along the Nicosia-Limassol motorway, heading towards Larnaca. At the 34.6 km reading, you reach a major roundabout. Ignore the exit to the right, which leads to the airport. Ignore the exit to the left, which leads to Dhekelia and Agia Napa. Zero your odometer and continue straight, towards Larnaca city. You pass several traffic lights (at the 1.4, 3.1, 4.8 km readings), going straight. At the 4.8 km reading you pass a church on your left. The next traffic lights come at the 5.4 km reading, where you see the Larnaca Fire Station on your left. Go straight here. At the next traffic lights turn right into 1st April street. Drive along and choose the left bend at the Y-junction (the right bend looks a side road). This road reaches a roundabout; take the 2nd exit at the roundabout (a sign indicates the trail) and park your car on the side.
Only the calendar would tell it was winter on Saturday 7 December, when a very large gathering of Strollers, many dressed in short sleeves, walked along the eastern coast of Limassol and climbed up to the archaeological site of Amathus. Participants were rewarded by a gourmet fish lunch. Compliments to Koula for leading this activity and to Stathis, Nicoletta, Antonis and Panayiotis for the photos. Join us on 15 Dec. to visit the flamingoes https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/larnaca-salt-lake-15-dec/