I have the impression that since Christmas, time has just flown by. The second school term has just come to an end and then it's Easter before you know it. It was a long and difficult term with hardly any breaks requiring long working hours in my effort to improve my students' performance as exams are just around the corner. For Alkis, it was also a very busy time of year at work as he had scheduled various business trips all around Europe apart from running one of the finest hotels on the island. As a result of our busy schedules, we haven't spent much time together since practically New Year's Day! So, it was high time we got away somewhere nice and quiet and romantic. I had been looking forward to this weekend away for weeks. I rescheduled my Saturday classes and took the day off on Saturday . After a stormy and rainy March, April greeted us with clear blue skies and the temperature rising to 25*C! . The ideal weather for a weekend getaway in spring. Our destination : Latsi fishing port situated at about 3 km from Polis Chrysochous.
Polis Chrysochous is a small town at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, at the centre of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula nature reserve. It is a quiet tourist resort, at about 165 km from Larnaca. Apart from tourism, the inhabitants' income is supplemented by agriculture and fishing. Polis is served by the fishing port of Latsi—a pole of attraction all year round and reputed for its fish taverns, its sea-sport facilities and boat rides up to Akamas- a must for all Polis visitors. I only wish we had the time to go on one of these boat trips. It's years we haven't been on one! Some other time surely. However, the great advantage of Polis is its close vicinity to beautiful Akamas peninsula, a nature reserve area destined to become a National Park,with its renowned Baths of Aphrodite. Α walk along its nature trails accompanied by the panoramic view of the bay of Polis is a unique experience. Unfortunateley the Baths of Aphrodite were closed this morning when we went to visit! Bad luck!
After a short coffee break at Stroubi village we headed northwest to Latsi port where we had lunch at Porto Latsi - red mullet, red snapper and calamari from the fisherman's basket. Then we went to the hotel - Anassa (meaning breath in Greek) - a breath of fresh air, discrete luxury and tranquility. We took some photos, enjoyed the brethtaking view from the spacious balcony of our room, had a short nap and then had dinner at Helios Restaurant - it was , indeed, an ode to the palate!
After a huge breakfast this morning, we set off to Larnaca. On our way, we stopped at Pahos harbour for double espressos and frappe (iced greek coffee) and then Alkis drove through to Larnaca ...or almost! On the way, he had a bright idea! Have lunch at Ladas Fish Taverna situated between Mazotos and Zygi - just about 20 km from Larnaca! Then we went for a walk on the beach and by 5 pm we were back home.
Workwise, the week ahead is going to be hectic for me. It's the last week of term and time for second term reports. I need to double check, proof read and / or make changes. Then fill them in. This means that from Monday to Friday, I'll be working from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm. As a result, I won't have much time online to reply to comments or visit your blogs. But I promise that I'll make it up for you during my Easter Break starting on Saturday 11.