I had picked a flight that left Larnaka around 21:00. This would give me the full day to explore. There was still one region I wanted to explore: The Troodos Mountains. This range is home to Mount Olympus (no not the one from Greek Mythology) as well as the painted churches. Additionally, the range is home to Kykkos Monastery. I originally wanted to hit the monastery and several of the churches before heading back. Unfortunately, This is a full on task. Driving to Kykkos may look short on a map, but since Milk Dud was a little hybrid, mountain driving was quite slow.
I woke up and checked out of the hotel… grabbed some iced coffees, these things are delicious by the way. and headed out. Google maps told me the drive would be 2+ hours… for 115KM? It was not playing either: after 90 minutes or so, I still had 53 KM of mountain driving.
I decided to alter my course and just check out one of the churches: Ayios Nikolaos tis Steyis. Pictures are not allowed inside. But this church was absolutely breathtaking. I spoke with the keeper for a while about Saint Nicholas, and why he was so important to Cypriots. Not only is he Santa Claus, but he is also the patron saint of Sailors. This was very important to life on the island. This church showcased many beautiful frescoes about the life of Christ and Nicholas.
After checking this out, I went out and said prayers for my family. The church next door had some choirgirls singing hymns. It was quite surreal: almost reminded me of some ethereal middle earth.
Larnaka for the last time
My friend from the day before had texted me letting me know she was at the beach. I was caught in the mountains. By the time I got back, she was done. Oh well. I guess I had some time to kill now. I went by the Church of Saint Lazarus. After he was raised from death, he escaped to Cyprus. His church in Larnaka holds some of his remains and his tomb.
After my visit, I went to The Brewery one last time for early dinner. The service was slow, but the food was pretty good. I guess it was finally time to leave this amazing little island. I did not want to leave. I will return. for sure.