The Republic of Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest, as well as, the third most populous island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece. We say all of this because though Cyprus is considered to be in the middle east their official currency is the Euro. Which is even more interesting considering Cyprus not too long ago gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, after 82 years of British control. Cyprus has a mixture of Greek and Turkish influence.
We stayed in Paphos a city on the southwest coast of the island. It has several sites relating to the Greek goddess Aphrodite, whose mythical birthplace was at Old Paphos. New Paphos is the modern city that incorporates the harbor, and the ancient ruins of tombs, fortresses, theaters and villas at Paphos Archaeological Park.
We visited Cyprus in September 2019 to celebrate Ronnie’s birthday. It was also our baby moon during Sheba’s third trimester– their last trip before welcoming their little traveler to the world. We stayed at the Almyra Hotel, an autograph collection of Marriott, using our Marriott points. We explored Paphos and the surrounding areas. We visited Aphrodite’s Rock, The Tomb of the Kings, Paphos Archaeological Park, Paphos Castle and sailed around Coral Bay and the Sea Caves.
Cyprus was such a stunning place to visit. We took some wonderful baby-moon pictures using only our cellphones and tripod.