Good Friday Stroll – 9 Epitaphios in Old Nicosia

There was a flood of young people and people of other ages visiting the churches of Nicosia Within-the-Walls during the afternoon of Good Friday 26 April. Reviving an old custom, we venerated the Epitaphios in 9 churches. In order of visit Chrysaliniotissa, Agios Kassianos, Phaneromeni, Agios Eleftherios, Trypiotis, Agios Savvas, Agios Philoumenos, Agios Antonios, Agios Ioannis (Cathedral). Chrysanthemums, white and purple, were the prevailing flowers used for decoration, and then roses. Enjoy the photos. Best wishes for a Happy Easter.

Agios Kassianos

Agios Philoumenos

Chrysaliniotissa

Phaneromeni

Agios Ioannis

Agios Antonios

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/

Good Friday Stroll: 8 Epitaphios in Old Nicosia

A custom from our childhood years came to being on Good Friday (6 April), when an impromptu stroll was conducted around Nicosia Within-the-Walls. During the afternoon, and before the start of the evening church service, we visited 8 Orthodox churches and venerated their Epitaphios. Let the photos do the talking. Best wishes for a Happy Easter. P.S. Regrettably no photo from Chrysaliniotissa, which is ironic because we thought had the prettiest decoration.

Agios Kassianos

Agios Ioannis

Agios Antonios

Agios Philoumenos

Agios Savvas

Phaneromeni

Trypiotis

Good Friday Stroll: 7+2 Epitaphios in Old Nicosia

A custom from our childhood years came to being on Good Friday (14 April), when an impromptu stroll was conducted around Nicosia Within-the-Walls. During the afternoon, and before the start of the evening church service, we visited 7 Orthodox churches, the Maronite church and the Catholic church of the Holy Cross, and venerated their Epitaphios. Let the photos do the talking. Best wishes for a Happy Easter.

Agios Antonios

Agios Ioannis

Agios Kassianos

Chrysaliniotissa

Agios Savvas

Trypiotis

Phaneromeni

Caraffa Bastion

Maronite

Holy Cross

Stroll back in History – Nicosia all 11 Bastions 17 Dec.

Season 5 of The Cyprus Strollers was concluded with a large turnout despite the drizzly weather on Saturday 17 December. We strolled back in history along all 11 bastions of the medieval walls of Nicosia. Compliments to Koula for the photos. We wish you a very merry Christmas time.

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A Relaxing Stroll in Athalassa Park, 30 Jan.

The good weather drew a large group of Strollers, some for the first time, to the stroll in Athalassa park, in the outskirts of Nicosia, on Saturday 30 January. Compliments to Gerard for leading this outing. Join us on 7 Feb. at Galata.

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Walk leader with his two Assistants

Walk leader with his two Assistants

Happy New Year to all Strollers!

Best wishes to you, for health, joy and prosperity in 2016. The Cyprus Strollers have uploaded the Schedule for the new season January – May 2016, which you are invited to visit and download. We have scheduled 20 activities for the 5 months, of which 10 are to new destinations. Visit also the Activities Description section and download a complete set of instructions for any excursion that you select.

An Enlightening Stroll in Old Nicosia – 20 Dec. 2015

A large group of Strollers were led by Mary to unexplored parts of Old Nicosia and Kaimakli, on a sunny Sunday 20 December 2015. This was the last outing for 2015, and its cultural aspect made it all the more memorable. Compliments to Mary for a well researched and guided stroll, and to Amanda for sharing her photos. Best wishes to all Strollers for a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year.

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outside House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios

outside House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios

our walk leader outside Santa Barbara church, Kaimakli

our walk leader outside Santa Barbara church, Kaimakli

our walk leader at a reenactment of 1900 period, with street vendor Gerard

our walk leader at a reenactment of 1900 period, with street vendor Gerard

 

Exciting Highlights of the Season Starting 3rd October

Logo-Cyprus-Strollers-largeDear Strollers,

Lots of new and exciting things are happening, and here are a few highlights:

  • There are 12 excursions scheduled over October – December; of these, 6 are either entirely new or hikes containing new aspects
  • There are 8 different Walk Leaders, who are responsible for leading the Cyprus Strollers on these 12 activities; this represents a great accomplishment, and is a clear sign of the true hiking spirit, a spirit of togetherness, sharing and giving; please join me in applauding Amanda, Christos, Ian, Laurent, Lowell, Mary and Patricia, the Walk Leaders for October – December 2015, alongside Xenophon
  • In compiling the Schedule, effort has been made to plan repeat hikes on the alternate day of the weekend, than conducted before, following a request from members
  • On the inaugural hike on 3 October, and for the 1st time, we are offering participants the choice of selecting between a taverna meal or a picnic at the end; this choice is not feasible on many walks, but where possible, we can repeat the benefit
  • Also on the 3 October outing, and for the 1st time, we are offering a linear hike where we shall not walk back to the starting point, because it would make hiking too long and arduous; inadvertently, this calls for special driving arrangements and registering in advance; please study the instructions very carefully and abide by them, respecting the organizers’ efforts and other participants

In your evaluation and comments you also requested earlier start times, thus the usual start time for the car trip from Nicosia is 9:45 am. Several Strollers want an earlier start time particularly on hot days; with this in mind, the 3 October hike leaves Nicosia at 9:00 am. We shall continue to monitor weather conditions and bring about modifications, where possible.

Some of you prefer tavernas, others prefer picnics. We shall continue to offer both. A picnic is only possible, when the weather is fine. On some destinations, a picnic is chosen, because there is no taverna in the vicinity.

A few expressed a desire to move to a different taverna when we return to the same area, for the sake of variety. Unfortunately, this is not feasible; either because it is a burden to search for, get to know and agree with a new proprietor every time, or because some tavernas have limited space or limited menu. Importantly, no Stroller made a negative comment concerning our usual dining places.

Further to the novelties, there are a few things which remain unchanged, and characterize the Cyprus Strollers as a unique hiking club; among them:

  • Commitment to first-class planning and organization
  • Excursions alternate between Saturdays and Sundays, thus appealing to more people
  • Dedicated website, fully informed, well in advance, in English
  • Our caring, multinational character; we are open to Strollers of any nationality, both permanent residents, as well as visitors to the island
  • Shared passion for hiking and enjoying the Cyprus countryside, in pleasant company.

The Cyprus Strollers are committed to “Hiking made Pleasant”, our slogan. Please help us to carry on delivering on this promise, with your valuable contribution.

Thank you and enjoy the many walks in store.

A Bright New Season Coming Up Soon

Logo-Cyprus-Strollers-largeDear Strollers,

Hello and welcome back, after the summer break. The Cyprus Strollers are ready to kick-off their 3rd season of operation. Please visit the Activities Schedule section on this website, to view, download and study the program of weekly hiking activities for October, November and December 2015. For any activity that catches your attention, please visit the Activities Description section on this website, to view, download and read a complete set of instructions.

Thank you to all members who filled-in and sent their evaluation and comments.