Discover CYPRUS & Pafos, EU’s Capital City of Culture, 2017

CYPRUS is a magical place. After 9000 years of history from the Neoclassic era, the Bronze Age, the BC era, the age of the conquerors, Greece and Rome, Constantinople and the Western empire, the Turkish invasions of the sixth, seventh and eight centuries, the Crusades of the ninth and tent centuries, the era of the Republic of Venice, the Middle Period and the  time of the Ottoman Empire of the 16th to 19th centuries, followed by the period of British Colonialism from 1878 to 1959, and finally to the era of Independence under Archbishop Makarios III of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1960 to the present, CYPRUS has survived and even prospered, For today’s seasoned traveler CYPRUS has a lot to offer and the major air carriers from all parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa get you there. Try the low-cost airlines,i.e., Ryan Air or EasyJet or some of the major carriers like Lufthansa, BA, KLM, Swissair or Alitalia. One recent reports has it that you can enjoy an off-season weekend for as little as $138 euros in CYPRUS. What a deal! This year you can take in the new Seven Stories & Lace exhibit in the capital district, a bevy of monasteries for which CYPRUS is known for, join the Strollers Club if you’re a hiker or walker like myself or participate in the Fourth CYPRUS Walking Festival.  Dance at the Ayandada Night Club in Castle Rock, or get in on Nicosia’s Harriers weekly meet-ups.There’s the Bieredes Museum in Laranka, the Lithography Workshops in Larnaka, the Planetarium in Kition, the Tomb of St. Barnabas, an early Christian evangelist, the site of St.Matthew’s gospel, and the charming villages of Polis, Foini and Limassol are all worth seeing. Limossol’s annual Wine Festival  in October, and the Almond, Strawberry and Sun-Eyed festivals are most popular. In PAFOS you’ll find The House of Dionysis, St.Paul’s Pillar, the Pafos Zoo, the Kelefos Bridge, St.Bernard’s Beach, the Tomb of Kings, the monasteries of Aylos and Christos, the Kato Paphos of Archeological Park and the site of  the birthplace of the mythical queen, Aphrodite, close by.  CYPRUS is best known for wine. More than 40 wineries abound. And the olive produced here is said to be the best in the Aegean. You’ll find the days sunny and bright, the nighttime cooler and invigorating and the customs and traditions of its people warm and friendly. CYPRUS is also know for Medical Tourism and a variety of health services. Some of the finest spas in Europe are located here. All you need is a pocketful of eros, the traditional medium of exchange. For more on PAFOS go to :www.visit Pafos.com.

For more on CYPRUS go to www.visitCYPRUS.com

 

 

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Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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