Kato- Paphos, Cyprus

posted Dec 1, 2010, 12:03 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 15, 2010, 10:20 PM by Darren Cannell ]
After spending a good part of the morning in the pool area and watching Daxtin play with cats, we went and worked out and then took a drive to find a Vodaphone dealership to buy a SIM card for the internet to try and beat the ridiculous prices everywhere we go.  Once that errand was complete we drove to find the well-marked historical sites in the area. The Kato- Paphos area of Cyprus has a cornucopia of antiquity sites to wander through and I mean wander through.  You can explore, step on, sit on whatever you want to do to these sites.  Very few are protected or locked off and made official.  We ventured down to see the Ayia Solomoni Christian Catacomb which is free to the public.  Early Christians took refuge during the Roman persecutions here.  It is fascinating that 2000 years ago Christians just like us hid down in these rocks under the ground to spend time with the same saviour that I worship.  But they could be put to death for it.  We found candles and matches that someone else had left behind and lit one.  We all had a chance to pray for my Dad, that he finds comfort and peace and a resting place in the house of the Lord for eternity and that Dad can watch over us on our travels and watch over the rest of our family and we prayed that Dad’s spirit is happy.  I really believe that it is.

There are 3 sites in a row and we took the time to explore them all for free.  Ayios Lamprianos Rock-Cut Chamber.  Here there is an open courtyard surrounded by chambers and graves similar to other tombs in the area, but perhaps for people of a lower class structure, because they were not as grandiose as the ones to come.  This was quite exciting for Dax and I to peep into a cut out cave and then explore the caverns beyond, if we saw light then we went for it.  My child is quite fearless and the only thing that deterred him was the fact that at any time a pigeon could poop on his head.  Pigeons too liked the safety of the caves.  There were acres of caves and caverns and a plethora of tombs and we hardly put a dent in them.  The largest open cavern to the main road already had a Nativity scene set up inside of it to prepare for the Christmas season.  I kind of wish that we could be in Cyprus instead of Jordan for Christmas because the Cypriots go all out with the decorations and they are predominantly of Greek ancestry so I am sure there would be a good party to be had.