Monday, December 17, 2012

Where on earth...

... has Robin been?


View this image as a framed print in my Society6 shop

We took the kids and headed off to the nearby island of Cyprus for a much needed Hannukah getaway! Just a 40 minute flight away (a wow in and of itself!) the weather was pretty much identical to that of Israel - some days were gorgeous, some days it stormed all day, and once up in the high mountains we even saw snow, to the utter amazement of my Israeli kids - much less so to their American-Israeli parents who had to drive the tiny, windy, rock-strewn slippery mountain roads in it... Driving adventures aside though it was a fantastic trip. We saw quaint villages, hiked up green mountains, saw modern cities, beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, Byzantine churches and goats galore, and so much more. Far more in fact than I'd dreamed was there, even in the off-season - we're already plotting our next trip.

This particular image, conveniently offering both a quaint window and a few red roof tiles lying on the stairs (a future renovation? a past one?) was taken in the wonderfully picturesque village of Omodos, in the Troodos Mountains. Famous for lace and the oddest carob-flavored breadsticks I've ever tasted. I've heard the views from the village are also lovely but with the weather that day we didn't see much of them. Next time...

In the meantime, visit my Facebook page and Society6 shop for more images from Cyprus (with more to come shortly).

25 comments:

Lola said...

Always wanted to visit Cyprus - your description & image have convinced me!

Happy RT2!

toby said...

Hey Robin, welcome back! I'm so honored to have you posting over at WWDD!
That does look quaint and beautiful - maybe we'll make it over to Cyprus one day...

Dina said...

Hey, good for you for hopping over to Cyprus. Your post makes me want to see the island. (I was there for a few HOURS when my ship docked at Limassol in 1968. A few of us went ashore and were warned not to go to "the other side" because it was dangerous. That was the time of the Greek-Turkish trouble. Next morning we sailed into Haifa and I saw my new home country for the first time!)

I'm glad to know it is a welcoming island now.

Robin said...

Definitely welcoming Dina, but still divided. These days though you can cross (on foot) over to the Turkish side in Nicosia (Lefkosia). We did one afternoon, the differences between the two sides of the city were very striking, but the welcome was warm on both (though we did enter the Turkish side on our US passports, it seemed prudent these days...).

Kalantikan said...

Oh its one country i want to reach but might not yet in this lifetime. If looks very very interesting. So, thanks for the tour, but i wish you post more!

Fábio Martins said...

Beautiful place to take photos

Ralph said...

Wow, despite the modern electrical items I feel as if I were taken back centuries if not millennia. In our modern minds, it looks charming but to the people of the day, it was magnificent! I never considered snow on this Mediterranean isle, so I learned something new (and I do not like driving my van or 'chair in the snow still :)

Daryl E said...

fabulous .. so jealous of you being able to get away to exotic photo ops .. me? i spent a weekend in Cincinnati ..

Linda said...

Your trip to Cyprus sounds wonderful with so many different aspects of the island to enjoy and photograph. Looking forward to more soon.

Liz said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I heard so much about Cyprus and I'd love to visit someday. I love your photo.

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Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

a timeless shot - lovely - merry christmas to you

Inverness Daily Photo said...

Cyprus is a delightful place despite its divisions.

sparrow said...

Lovely shot. I used to go on business to Cyprus quite a lot, and you have certainly captured the essence of it here. Thanks

Sasha said...

Cyprus is one place on earth that I've always wanted to see in person. I hope I get the chance to do so ;)

Leovi said...

Yes, a delicious picture, beautiful colors. A nice street.

Pride In Photos said...

It looks so rustic and lovely here.
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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful photogrpagh! It reminds me of my husband's home town in the mountains of southern Italy. I hope you had a very happy Hannukah!

Gattina said...

What a good idea to escape Hannukah ! I wished I could do that with Christmas, lol ! Cyprus seems to be very beautiful, I have never been there.

Riet said...

What a great photo. I should go to Cyprus once. It looks beautiful.

Dianne said...

beautiful photo

keiths ramblings said...

I too love Cyprus. My mind often goes back to having a snowball fight in the Troodos Mountains in the middle of summer! I've also just got back from a trip and I cant wait to get away again!

Lorri said...

What a lovely image. The tones offer a nostalgic perception, filled with warmth and great textures.

catsynth said...

Nice image of the old street. Sounds like it was a great trip!

Laura said...

Robin it has been so long, too long since I last visited. I'm so glad you and your family are safe. I'm happy you've had a lovely vacation and that for now there is a cease fire. God willing 2013 will be a year of real and lasting peace. Happy New Year!

anymommy said...

Gorgeous. Your travels make me ache with longing!