It was a sentimental finale on Troodos and at Chrysanthis taverna on Sunday 2 June, befitting a Club which has just completed 10 continuous hiking seasons. Xenophon is thankful to the thousands of people, of all ages, from near 50 nationalities and all continents, who have walked with The Cyprus Strollers, discovering the pleasures of hiking and the island’s countryside; while extending special thanks to Stathis, Koula and Gunnar for their gifts and speeches on the day.
Despite the absence of clouds, which made the sun shine on our faces throughout, the hikes at Kampos Livadiou and Myllomeris on Saturday 25 May, combined with the excellent lunch that followed, offered Strollers much entertainment: rich forests, a refreshing river bank, a spectacular waterfall, a quick swim by a few daring Strollers, long views, the pleasure of welcoming new members, the intellectual conversations at the table. We also wished Jessica goodbye, certain that she takes back to the USA many beautiful memories from her time with the Club. Compliments to Stathis, Nicoletta and Maria for the photos. Join us on 2 June for the finale of this season https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/troodos-almyrolivado-2-june/
The excursion of Sunday 19 May to Troodos, for the Atalanti hike, offered Strollers many of the usual rewards; and a rare one: sighting of the indigo blue butterfly. No camera could capture the ethereal beauty of this tiny masterpiece of creation; indigo blue when it is flying; grey when its wings are folded. Compliments to Christos for leading the outing and to Stathis for the photos. Join us on 25 May for a double hike https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/myllomeris-and-kampos-livadiou-25-may/
The outing of Sunday 5 May took us along the Persephone nature trail in the Troodos mountains, starting just a few minutes’ walk from Troodos square. This particular trail ranks among the most popular routes for several good reasons: It’s short and sweet – only 4 km each way and not demanding; It winds its way through beautiful forest patches that offer welcome shade; It ends at a point that grants you quintessential Cyprus views across green forests, a large dam, the salt lake and Limassol Bay.
Apart from the perfect weather, the real bonus of the walk was the group’s configuration. Persephone attracted hikers of all ages, from elementary school to grandparents. And as is often the case, at least 10 nationalities were represented. Special guests included a number of four-legged furry friends, one of whom could not resist a full-body mud bath in a rainwater puddle, offering us surprise entertainment to add to the day’s memories.
The buffet lunch that followed began with a warm welcome from Irene, who was celebrating her name day on the day and gave us the opportunity to share the story of Persephone in Greek mythology, to catch up with friends, get to know new group members better, and make plans to meet again at the next Cyprus Strollers hikes.
Compliments to Dina for this summary and to Stathis for the photos. Join us next on Madari https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/madari-grand-circle-11-may/
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/
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/
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/