SUN CHASERS: CYPRUS, WHERE THE SUN HAS BEEN HIDING.

  Two months.  Maybe that doesn't seem that long, but when it's the time that's placed between seeing your spouse in person, it becomes a feat of patience.  It seems like every time I say good-bye to Alison it's the start of our longest period away from each other, even if only by a few days.  Alison has had people wonder if we're doing alright as a married couple, if we actually like each other.  I assure you, we like each other, so much so that we'll forgo each others company for long periods of time so that we can release each other to pursue personal goals and dreams.  

  Nice thing about what we do is that when we do get to see each other it often involves a rendezvous in a unique place.  This time around it was the island of Cyprus.  At present Alison races for an Italian team, to do so she needs to live in Italy and thus has to monitor the amount of time she spends within the EU.  With Alison having 10 days between races in April, it was an ideal time to meet up.  Alison chose Cyprus as our destination because it was close for her, has good riding and is not technically part of the EU, enabling her to reset her visa.  I'm not complaining.  Before this trip I had never even heard of the island, now I'm really looking forward to going back and exploring more.

I left to fly to Frankfurt Airport on April 3rd.  Between flights I had a 10 hour layover which I spent in the airport twiddling my thumbs (I wasn't particularly driven to put up with the hassle of leaving the airport, navigating through German streets then returning through customs) until I was informed by Alison that there had been a mishap with her flights and she would be meeting me at Frankfurt then flying with me to Cyprus.  We arrived on the island at 3 am, rented a car and drove in the dark to Meleni Cottages in Perekklisia.  

10am we were met by the cheery Eleni, owner of Meleni Cottages, with the offer of a traditional Cyprus breakfast.  Good start!  We ate, Alison left to the grocery store while I went back to bed to combat some of my jet lag.  Our first day was pretty mellow as I was incapable of thinking about anything other than sleep.  The day warmed to 24*C with unhindered sunlight, ahhhhh, warmth at last.  

 The view of the Meleni Cootages from the poolside, pretty rad, right?

The view of the Meleni Cootages from the poolside, pretty rad, right?

 Perekklisia

Perekklisia

 Grumpy Alison doesn't want to take pictures...I take pictures anyway. HEH!

Grumpy Alison doesn't want to take pictures...I take pictures anyway. HEH!

Throughout the week we traveled from our quaint little B&B to various locations around the island.  We visited the shipwreck of the Edro III, hiked to Caledonia Falls, did beach time at Coral Bay, explored various villages and ruins, walked through deep gorges, taste tested olive oil and drank Cyprus coffee in the sunshine every morning.  Overall a fantastic time of relaxation and exploration together.

So, without further adieu, I give you 9 days worth of photo's covering all our Cyprus adventures.

 Second morning, this is pretty much what the remainder of the mornings looked like.  Sunshine, Cyprus coffee, music and reading.

Second morning, this is pretty much what the remainder of the mornings looked like.  Sunshine, Cyprus coffee, music and reading.

 Mediterranean sea anyone?  Loving my new kicks also, check out Ridgemont Outfitters, COMFY SHOES!

Mediterranean sea anyone?  Loving my new kicks also, check out Ridgemont Outfitters, COMFY SHOES!

 Our first sight of the Edro III shipwreck near Peyia.

Our first sight of the Edro III shipwreck near Peyia.

 Sea caves are abundant on the coast of Cyrpus.

Sea caves are abundant on the coast of Cyrpus.

 Sunsets and shipwrecks.

Sunsets and shipwrecks.

 Sunsets, sea caves and shipwrecks.

Sunsets, sea caves and shipwrecks.

 I could have sat and photographed that spot for hours, would have wound up with a lot of repeats and work in the end though...

I could have sat and photographed that spot for hours, would have wound up with a lot of repeats and work in the end though...

 Prime real estate over there.

Prime real estate over there.

 Pretty flowers, pretty girl.

Pretty flowers, pretty girl.

 Not a sea cave, more of an ancient dwelling kind of cave.

Not a sea cave, more of an ancient dwelling kind of cave.

 Our hike to Calendonia falls didn't render too many great photos, hard light and a busy background are a photographers worst nightmare.

Our hike to Calendonia falls didn't render too many great photos, hard light and a busy background are a photographers worst nightmare.

 Calendonia falls, supposedly the most beautiful falls on the island.

Calendonia falls, supposedly the most beautiful falls on the island.

 Omodos was an immediate favorite 

Omodos was an immediate favorite 

 Yoga...yoga everywhere!

Yoga...yoga everywhere!

 the Temple of Aphrodite near Limassol.

the Temple of Aphrodite near Limassol.

 Upside down as usual.

Upside down as usual.

 Tochni, Cyprus is a beautiful village nestled in between two hills on the way to Larnaca from Limassol.

Tochni, Cyprus is a beautiful village nestled in between two hills on the way to Larnaca from Limassol.

 The old and the new.  I loved the existence of ancient architecture among the "newer" buildings.

The old and the new.  I loved the existence of ancient architecture among the "newer" buildings.

 On elderly gentleman drove up and parked his tractor at the convenience store, not sure if he only uses his tractor to commute or if he just came off the field...

On elderly gentleman drove up and parked his tractor at the convenience store, not sure if he only uses his tractor to commute or if he just came off the field...

 One of the bridge houses in another village we visited.

One of the bridge houses in another village we visited.

 Every town has a church, it's like village-building code.

Every town has a church, it's like village-building code.

 Dancing enthusiasm as we approach Avakas gorge.

Dancing enthusiasm as we approach Avakas gorge.

 Exploring the depths of this river gorge was pretty cool.

Exploring the depths of this river gorge was pretty cool.

 I discovered on the second last day that this is my favorite place on the island, aka, it has the fewest people.

I discovered on the second last day that this is my favorite place on the island, aka, it has the fewest people.

 An extremely old (400 years?) olive tree in the backyard of the olive farm that we visited on our last day.

An extremely old (400 years?) olive tree in the backyard of the olive farm that we visited on our last day.

 Overlooking the olive farm, supposedly 4000 olive trees exist on the property.  Alison is all jacked up on olive oil.

Overlooking the olive farm, supposedly 4000 olive trees exist on the property.  Alison is all jacked up on olive oil.

 The little town on the way to the olive farm has some seriously awesome back streets.  I've told Alison that I don't really love photographing old buildings, this is mainly pertains to over-photographed ancient ruins, but I found the acception to that comment.  Every corner I turned I wanted to photograph the colorful walls and doors.

The little town on the way to the olive farm has some seriously awesome back streets.  I've told Alison that I don't really love photographing old buildings, this is mainly pertains to over-photographed ancient ruins, but I found the acception to that comment.  Every corner I turned I wanted to photograph the colorful walls and doors.

 Alison and I talked about what it would be like to live in a village like this.  Not a lot of privacy during peak tourist seasons, otherwise not too bad...

Alison and I talked about what it would be like to live in a village like this.  Not a lot of privacy during peak tourist seasons, otherwise not too bad...

 And I leave you with a photo of a barber shop sign.  

And I leave you with a photo of a barber shop sign.