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So Long, Cyprus

This is going to be my last post about our trip in Cyprus. It was a short stay. I didn’t even get the chance to see north side of the country. Hopefully, we will get to see it again one day. For the last day, we took our rental car on the road again. The destination was Limassol. Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus, and it is on the southern coast. When we reached the city, we could see many newly built seaside resorts. I have heard it’s one of the most popular destinations in Cyprus. Now, I understand why.  It has beautiful beaches, modern lifestyle and ancient history. The historical part of the city is well preserved. Although it was the end of September, the temperature was still about 28-30 degree. If you ever want a late summer holiday, I think this is the place. Kolossi Castle On the way to Limassol, we stopped at Kolossi Castle. It’s about 14km from Limassol. It was built in 13th century and rebuilt in 15th …

Cyprus (continued)

Today, I want to take us back to Cyprus again. One cannot visit Cyprus without looking into their ancient history which can be traced back to 10th millennium BC. We probably all know Cyprus is divided into Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot.  This time, we only had time to have a brief visit to few places on the Greek side. After a day at Larnaca, we rented a car and drove to west side of the island. The first stop was Kiti. Angeloktisti Church, Kiti This small church is the one attracted us to Kiti. The church was built in 11th century over the ruins of  an Early Christian basilica. The name of the church means “built by angels” in Greek. The story behind it is ancient Kition moved to Kiti to escape from Arab invasion. They wanted to build a church dedicated to the Virgin. However, one day, the church foundation was moved to a different location overnight. Although the villagers didn’t know why, they decided to change the church location. As a miracle, …

Love at first sight, Bicheno, Tasmania

We had a stopover in Bicheno, and I fell in love right away with this place. We arrived in the holiday house we booked in the afternoon. Wild rabbits jumped away to avoid my car. There was a pond and a lot of green area in front of our room, duck mother was taking a stroll with her little ducks. 🙂 Bicheno is a little town on the east coast of Tasmania, about 182km from Hobart. If you leave from Hobart, there are plenty to see on the way, Wineglass Bay, Berry Farm, Marine Farm, and so on. We didn’t go to Wineglass Bay because it requires a lot of hiking. We stopped at Coles Bay to have a quick look and enjoyed fresh seafood lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm. Bicheno is really tiny. Its township was established in 1866. According to Wikipedia, it’s only about 151.1 km2 with population of 853. However, it has amazing wildlife, little/fairy penguins, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and more. It also has some best diving spots in Australia. After settled in, we took the …

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – 3

On the last day in Hobart, we decided to see Port Arthur and a little town called Richmond. Richmond Richmond is about 25 minutes drive from Hobart CBD. No regrets to go there. It was such a little gem. When we arrived in the morning, it was still quite early. Most of the shops were not open yet. Although I was desperate for my second coffee dose, I wanted to wait to get a decent cup from a local cafe. Travel doesn’t mean we have to compromise, right? We took a walk to see this historic village full of heritage buildings and Georgian architecture. Most of the buildings are dated back early 19th century. Richmond was a military staging post and convict station linking between Hobart and Port Arthur. Left the car-park, we turned left on Bridge St. It led us to the most famous landmark of the village, Richmond Bridge. It was the oldest bridge still in use in Australia. Walking over the bridge and looking down the Coal River, there was a lot of …

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – 2

The first night at Hobart turned out to be a disaster. I booked three nights at a B&B in the city for us. I usually like to stay in B&B because most of them have style and characters. This one was no exception. However, in my opinion, it really needs some serious maintenance. We could see cracks everywhere, on the walls and ceilings. It was impossible to close the windows properly. We couldn’t get any sleep because the pedestrian crossing walk signal alert was beeping every five minutes outside of the window. We had to move out and find a new place to stay. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to get any rest at all. (Of course, the owner refused to refund us for the two nights we have paid!). Anyway, that changed our plan on the second day. Because I didn’t get much sleep, we decided that we should just go to some places close by without too much driving. We cancelled our trip to Mt Field National Park. After breakfast, we booked another place …

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Finally I have got some time to write about our trip of Tasmania. Because my mum is over 70 years old, I didn’t choose any places that we need to hike or walk too much when I planned this trip. We arrived in Hobart, then moved along the east coast of Tasmania and flew back from Launceston. I think I will break down this trip into several posts. Otherwise, it will be too much for just one post. We arrived in Hobart around lunch time.  Although Hobart is Tasmania’s capital, the airport didn’t seem very busy. After we picked up our rental car, we drove to the B&B I booked in the city. That B&B turned out to be a horrible disaster. However, that will be a story for another day. After we checked in, we had a walk at the beautiful waterfront and took a cruise to see the Tasman Bridge.   MONA – Museum of Old and New Art  MONA was on the top of list to see in Hobart. It’s really not your conventional …