Now that I am here I can see how Agia Napa could be considered tourist hell in the summer. Thankfully though, it's not summer. It's spring. That means there's wildflowers everywhere and I had the beach almost entirely to myself today. It also means that I got a 200 euro hotel room for 40 (slippers and all!). Not bad Agia Napa, not bad.
(The one thing my fancy hotel does not have though, is free wifi. So here I am at the cafe down the road drinking the cheapest thing on the menu to use their wifi. And let me tell you, this Greek coffee has some BITE.)
Oh, and one more interesting fact before the pictures: Any idea where Agia Napa gets its name? Agia/ayia we know is "holy." Napa anyone? Think napkin. The town gets its name from the monastery here which was named after the "holy handkerchief" supposedly used to wipe Jesus' tears with on his way to the cross. Interesting, no?
OK, moving on...
My spiffy digs
My balcony. Today was divided between laying out and reading at the pool...
then laying out and reading at the beach.
Yesterday I went on a long walk (round trip I think it was almost 20 kilometers--which is good. That's the daily average for the Camino).
The water, the views, the flowers--it was all beautiful.
Up until this point of my walk I had been barefoot (I just continued walking from the beach). I finally put my shoes back on (sans socks/rolling my pants back down) to look at some cliffs and then just decided to rock the look the rest of the way. Yep. (There's hardly anyone but old Germans here anyway.)
The sea caves were breathtaking
Another look at them from the return
Fields and wildflowers
This morning I woke up early(ish) and went to the monastery here. This 600 year old sycamore tree is in the courtyard.
The monastery--built 1570.
Fountain in the courtyard that predates the monastery
And some religious kitsch for good measure.
Tomorrow to the capital! That is...unless I decide to stay.