Paphos was our favorite town to just
stroll through. Besides the shore area, with its lookout castle, the city
center boasts a site that has 2 ancient and 1 "modern" basilicas (and tons
of exposed mosaics, like the one below). That doesn't include the sprawling
ruins that are one of its most famous draws.
While wandering the museum areas in
Paphos, we came across an elderly man gently washing one of the mosaics
littering the site. Breck was entranced by the work, and the man invited
him to help. Breck got a first-hand lesson in the basics of mosaic care
from an expert!
The so-called "Tombs of the Kings"
are a series of funeral tombs, some carved into the sides of small cliffs
and some created in man-made mounds. They are situated right on the shoreline
(across the street from a good little resturant), and gave the kids lots
of opportunities to run, play, and in Breck's case, take a little rest!
We wandered around the old city for
the better part of a day, and in the evening visited the catacombs that
religious hermits still occasionally use today (and where Dave fell into
hip deep water in the dark). We climbed a hill overlooking the town, drank
vodka with 2 Russian sailors up there, and watched the sunset on a gorgeous
Cyprus front page
In the beginning
- Ruins, Ruins - Paphos - The