Today, a friend and I did the Larnaka Walk.
No, it's not a Cyprus version of Monty Python, or even a slow barn dance. It's a guided tour around part of Larnaka town, offered every Wednesday at 10am, free, by the Cyprus Tourist Organisation.
I did this with one of our guests some years ago, but apparently it's a bit different every time, depending on the guide. I know Larnaka fairly well now, of course, after eleven years, but I thought it would be interesting to do again.
The tour starts at the CTO office, where we had an introduction, then we walked a few metres to Europe square, where the fountain was playing:
Then we saw the various old buildings which now house museums and art galleries:
We were given a lengthy explanation about the Cyprus problem, then walked a little way along the Finikoudes sea-front to see the statue of General Kimoni, who died at the beginning of an important battle, but his troops didn't know, so went ahead and won:
We walked past the stage where the concerts and dancing take place during the Kataklysmos Fair in May or June:
Then we walked down one of the side-streets, and saw an old-style house with a covered balcony:
I didn't take any more photos after that. We walked to the market area, and into a candle-maker's shop area, then past some of the chair-makers and other local craftsmen.
I knew it was all there; I knew most of the history we heard... but it was still an interesting morning.
I was surprisingly tired this afternoon. It was a twenty minute walk to the town, and another twenty home... I think it was the two hours of the tour that were really tiring, though, as we walked fairly slowly and there was quite a bit of standing still listening, which somehow is much more exhausting than brisk walking.
The CTO also do a tour around the potteries in the Skala area, on Friday mornings, but I don't think I'll be doing that one again. Not for a while, anyway.