It's amazing how this holiday season has just flown by. A Christmas holiday in London and a few days in Paphos to welcome the New Year were more than enough for me to relax, recharge the batteries and begin the new term at school tomorrow. After London where Alkis and I spent a lot of time walking, catching buses and trains, sightseeing, shopping and going out, our short holiday in Paphos, on the western coast, was peaceful and very relaxing. Paphos is one of my most favourite holiday destinations in Cyprus as it combines the unspoilt beauty of tranquil beaches and the hustle and bustle of a small, touristy town. In winter, however, there are few tourists and it's much quieter. Once more, we stayed at Coral Bay Beach Hotel overlooking Coral Bay - one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus.
On our way to Coral Bay (Pegeia Village) at about 150 km from Larnaca, we had lunch at Captain's Fish Tavern at the village of Pissouri. Both the food and the service are excellent and prices are very reasonable.
The weather was a bit whimsical: Sunny days and blue skies were soon replaced by storms, strong winds and torrential rain. The whims of the weather, however, did not spoil our high spirits not for one moment.
On our first night at Coral Bay, we had dinner at the Japanese restaurant Samisen - not far from our hotel. On a cold, rainy night, Miso soup with chicken was the perfect starter. I also loved their maki, sushimi and teppanyaki salmon served with rice and vegetables. If you like Japanese food and happen to be in the area, give it a try. You won't regret it. After such a great dinner, we enjoyed our drinks in the festive and romantic atmosphere of the bar at Coral Bay Beach Hotel.
(Sorry my flash didn't go off in the last photo)
Today is the last holiday for the Greeks. On the stroke of January 6th, the "twelve days of Christmas" officially
come to an end. This day takes on a special meaning in Greece and
Cyprus. All over the world, the Greek orthodox observe the baptism of
Jesus Christ by John the Baptist, in the river Jordan. The Greek word
for Epiphany is Theophania meaning the "appearance of God" referring to
the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. According to tradition, we eat fish on January 6th, which reminds me that I definitely need to go back to healthy eating habits after having indulged in copious meals and desserts for two weeks now! Grilled salmon and a salad sound great for lunch today.