Then, there were all the golden, magical moments spent on the sun lounger by the pool, looking out at the sea, listening to the lapping waves while reading or maybe... yes, I confess... taking a slight afternoon snooze. Well, one needed to prepare for the super evenings.
Dinner was always a fantastic experience at the Alexander The Great Beach Hotel. Each night was like the first night of a cabaret performance. Themed meals, vino, company and on some evenings music adding to the ambience. From the restaurant I would go to the Saga Lounge to collect a coffee and glass of Amaretto. Then a quick walk to the bar next door for shows performed by the in-house Kanika entertainment team or first class entertainers.
Now, as many of you know from my previous holidays here, I love taking a bus trip to Coral Bay and also to the old town area and market. This time I managed to lose the market. I just could not find it. I blamed the Cypriots for moving things. In 2017 Paphos will be the European City of Culture. Paphos will be ready! In preparation they are repairing the roads and making everything shipshape. So, many of the roads are closed and the bus which stops at the market now goes to the bus station. I just got lost trying to walk through the closed streets with narrow pedestrian areas toward the market. Eventually, I made it and met some old friends as well as succumbing and buying a new handbag. How did I get back? An old friend directed me via an easier route!
I enjoy travelling as a Saga passenger because they have included and optional excursions. Yes, I have been on the same excursions several times but each trip is a new experience and the scenery is wonderful. This time I managed the trip to Troodos and Kykkos Monastery which was an optional excursion. It had been the first place I had visited it Cyprus 18 years ago and somehow had never made it back until this year. I was delighted and even more so when we were returning from Kykkos in a blizzard. What better place to have a blizzard. You don't believe me?