Let’s get lost in Paphos

Paphos is so chock-a-block full of things to see and experience, it’s no wonder it is going to be a European capital of culture next year! Even though I feel my friend and I made a valiant effort to explore the city, we certainly missed out on more than we saw – which is a great excuse to go back!

We didn’t just chill out at the hotel – we also exercised my Fitbit by walking to Old Paphos, New Paphos (Kato Pafos), the harbour area and the World Heritage Site known as the Tombs of the Kings.

Now, a word of warning – the Tombs of the Kings aren’t actually what it says on the tin – or in this case, on the ticket. They don’t tell you that until after you’ve paid your entrance fee, of course (which is only a measly €2.50, by the way – this is high culture on a low budget!). Once you’ve passed through the ticket booth, there is a sign that informs visitors that no kings were buried in the Tombs of the Kings. Scholars just gave the site that name because of its majesty and grandeur (and because it would attract more tourists, one presumes). Which prompted my friend to immediately rename it Tombs of the High-Ranking Officers. She has always had a way with words. Sarcasm aside, this does not detract from the fact that the Tafoi ton Vasileon necropolis dates back to Ptolemaic times, and the tombs do undeniably feel rather regal and are definitely worth a visit!

When we flew from London to Paphos, the in-flight magazine featured an article that promised to reveal the secret of how to truly discover a city. The advice was simple: explore by foot and allow yourself to get lost. (Incidentally, I was quite pleased to discover that I’ve been unwittingly practising the art of true city exploration since my second visit to Prague in 2000.)

Most of my photos from Cyprus are quite grainy, as I managed to lose both my iPhone and my bank card the night before we left the UK. (Note to self: stop keeping card in iPhone case.) Fortunately, I actually had some money on another card – for the first time in 12 years – so my holiday was not affected and I have now learnt the importance of having a bit of money stashed away in a backup bank account!

And miracle of miracles – my iPhone (and card) was found by an English Gentleman who returned it to my friend’s house while we were away, and who even left a lovely letter in which he declined the finder’s fee I had offered. He did however suggest that if I really wanted to do something to thank him, he wouldn’t be averse to a chocolate bar of a certain brand – so the morning after we got back to the UK I filled his letter box with a Thank You card and five of the biggest chocolate bars I could find, which made his daughter think Christmas had come! The smile on her face was priceless.

Anyway, my point is that most of my photos from Cyprus were taken with a disposable camera (thank goodness they still make those!), and the few photos that have a decent resolution were taken by my friend (who is a much better photographer than she gives herself credit for).

Below are the pictures from our perambulations in Paphos – we never really knew where we were or where we were going, but that’s how we like it. In fact, getting lost led us to Karma – a cafΓ© by a beautiful lookout point that we stumbled across simply because we were trying to find our way back to the hotel, or – plan B – to the sea.

I highly recommend getting lost in Paphos.

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View towards Paphos Castle, which was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century

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Bad photo – but the rose and lemon sorbet was so tasty that it deserves to be included anyway!

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When in Cyprus, eat Mexican. No, but seriously, though. They have Taco Bell here!

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My obsession with alleys and doorways continues – I discovered this one in Old Paphos

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A cafΓ© in front of the Moutallos Mosque in Old Paphos.

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Lookout point selfie!

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New Paphos seen from Old Paphos

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“Don’t pick a prickly pear by the paw; when you pick a pear, try to use the claw!” #bearnecessities

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At The Tombs of the Kings – these altars are in tomb no. 2

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The atrium of tomb no. 3

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The dromos – aka entrance – to tomb no. 4. The guide book was very big on terminology. Thankfully there was a glossary in the back!

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Two loculi (burial niches) in one of the tombs.

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The base of a carved Doric column

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The Tombs of the High-Ranking Officers have a lovely sea view

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Cairns by the ocean (I’ll be Diddy, you’ll be Naomi, whoah-oh)

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Catacomb chic – this will catch on, you’ll see.

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Didn’t actually notice the obvious eye shape at the time – d’oh!

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Carvings in one of the more recently excavated tombs

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The necropolis is quite beautiful, really

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Tomb with a skylight. #bucketlist

Also in Paphos: Avlida Hotel. I'm guessing they don't get many guests from Sweden...
While we’re on the subject of tombs… I’m guessing they don’t get many guests from Sweden! (Rough translation: Demise Hotel)

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  1. Just spotted this note in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine – make of it what you will! πŸ˜‰

    Hull – UK City of Culture 2017
    Take that, Paphos and Aarhus, so-called ‘European Capitals of Culture’ for next year.

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