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It’s all Greek to me but there is a Honey Festival happening 🙂
English below but do not trust Google Translate too much!
Στην ορεινή Λάρνακα και συγκεκριμένα στην Κοινότητα Οράς πραγματοποιείται την Κυριακή 19 Μαίου το Φεστιβάλ Μέλισσας.
Σε γραπτή ανακοίνωση της Εταιρείας Τουριστικής Ανάπτυξης και Προβολής (ΕΤΑΠ) Λάρνακας αναφέρεται ότι «το φεστιβάλ μέλισσας, αποτελεί κομμάτι των Δρόμων του Μελιού στην Ορεινή Λάρνακα, που δημιουργήθηκαν κάτω από το ευρωπαϊκό πρόγραμμα MEDFEST και έτσι η Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Μέλισσας θα εορταστεί στο γραφικό μελισσοχώρι Ορά την Κυριακή 19 Μαίου. Το Φεστιβάλ θα περιέχει μεταξύ άλλων σεμινάριο για την προστασία της μέλισσας, πλούσιο καλλιτεχνικό πρόγραμμα, γαστρονομία με μέλι, αγορά μελιού και προϊόντων μέλισσας, καλλυντικά και χειροτεχνίες με θέμα την μέλισσα».
Η εκδήλωση τελεί υπό την αιγίδα της Επιτρόπου Περιβάλλοντος Ιωάννας Παναγιώτου.
Εξάλλου γραπτή ανακοίνωση του γραφείου της Επιτρόπου Περιβάλλοντος αναφέρει ότι «η καθιέρωση της Ημέρας της Μελισσοκομίας αποφασίστηκε από τον ΟΗΕ και φανερώνει πως η κοινωνία όλης της ανθρωπότητας έστρεψε επί τέλους την προσοχή της προς το πολύτιμο αυτό έντομο. Η 20η Μαΐου επιλέγηκε ως Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Μελισσών καθώς συμπίπτει με τα γενέθλια του Anton Janša, ο οποίος τον 18ο αιώνα πρωτοστάτησε στις σύγχρονες τεχνικές μελισσοκομίας στην πατρίδα του τη Σλοβενία».
Τα τελευταία χρόνια «ανακοινώνονται και συζητιούνται τα λόγια του Αϊνστάιν ότι «αν καταστραφούν οι μέλισσες θα χαθεί και η ζωή πάνω στη γη», ωστόσο αυτή τη διαπίστωση την ένιωθαν και τη νιώθουν όσοι γνωρίζουν από κοντά την προσφορά της μέλισσας στη ζωή των ανθρώπων».
Σύμφωνα με την ανακοίνωση «έρευνες παλαιοντολόγων απέδειξαν πως οι μέλισσες παρουσιάστηκαν στη γη εδώ και εβδομήντα εκατομμύρια χρόνια, μαζί με όλα τα είδη των φυτών, δέντρων και χόρτων και προετοίμασαν τον ερχομό του ζωικού βασιλείου και του ανθρώπινου γένους. Η παραγωγή καρπών, ο πολλαπλασιασμός των φυτών και η παραγωγή τροφής, εξασφαλίστηκαν χάρις στην επικονίαση και γονιμοποίηση των ανθέων των δέντρων και χόρτων παντός είδους, με τη βοήθεια των μελισσών».
Για πρώτη φορά παρουσιάστηκε στις ΗΠΑ πριν μερικά χρόνια το «σύνδρομο της εξαφάνισης των μελισσών» όταν δηλαδή οι κυψέλες άδειασαν από τις μέλισσες. Το γεγονός αυτό αναστάτωσε τους αγρότες της Αμερικής, αφού χωρίς τις μέλισσες δεν παράγονται καρποί, η καταστροφή της παραγωγής τους ήταν συντριπτική, κάτι που ανησύχησε ολόκληρη την ανθρωπότητα».
Στην ανακοίνωση της Επιτρόπου Περιβάλλοντος σημειώνεται ακόμα ότι «οι μέλισσες εκτός του ρόλου τους ως εγγυήτριες φύλακες της φύσης και της ζωής στη γη, παράγουν πολύτιμα προϊόντα, το μέλι, η γύρη, ο βασιλικός πολτός, η πρόπολη, το κερί και το δηλητήριο που αφήνει το κεντρί τους. Το μέλι έχει μεγάλη θρεπτική αξία για τον άνθρωπο και πολλές θεραπευτικές ιδιότητες, αφού μεταξύ άλλων θεραπεύει ή βελτιώνει καρδιακά νοσήματα, έλκος δωδεκαδακτύλου, εγκαύματα και τραύματα, δερματικές παθήσεις, παθήσεις των νεφρών, ηπατικές παθήσεις και αϋπνία».
In the Larnaca mountain and specifically in the Community of Oras, the Melissa Festival takes place on Sunday, May 19th.
A written announcement by the Larnaka Tourist Development and Promotion Company (ETAP) announces that “the bee festival is part of the Honey Routes in the Larnaca Mountains, created under the MEDFEST European Program so that World Beekeeping Day will be celebrated in the scenic beehive village of Hora Sunday 19th May. The festival will include, among others, a seminar on bee protection, a rich artistic program, honey gastronomy, honey and bee products, bee cosmetics and handicrafts. ”
The event is under the auspices of Environmental Commissioner Ioanna Panagiotou.
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FROM child-friendly beaches and water sports to ancient sights and theme parks; Cyprus has plenty of attractions to fill your family holiday.
The Mediterranean island, located just south of Turkey, boasts year-round warm weather with average temperatures of 32C in the summer months.
From the medieval castles of Paphos to the white sands of Nissi Beach, read on for our top Cyprus family holiday hot spots and the best deals for your trip.
Larnaca – for beach & culture
Located on the south coast of Cyprus, the port city of Larnaca has many family-friendly attractions while holding onto a traditional Cypriot charm.
Take a boat trip from the marina, visit the 9th century St Lazarus Church or try birdspotting at the Larnaca Salt Lake.
Explore historical sights on a family holiday in Larnaca, Cyprus
The kids will love the golden sandy beaches and clear waters of Finikoudes Beach, which is just moments from the city centre and one of the most famous beaches in Cyprus.
Plus, there’s a lively palm-lined promenade here with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.
Find great holiday deals for Larnaca for 2019 with On the Beach and Thomas Cook.
Ayia Napa – for party people
There are 14 blue-flag beaches along the Ayia Napa coastline in Cyprus
With a whole host of restaurants, cocktail-bars and all-night clubs, Ayia Napa is well-known for it’s nightlife.
But there’s much more to this resort town on the south-east coast of Cyprus.
You’re spoilt for choice of seaside days out thanks to 14 blue-flag beaches along this stretch of coastline.
Try family-friendly Sandy Beach for a more chilled out vibe and water sports from parasailing to scuba diving – or Makronissos Beach for shallow waters and the nearby ‘WaterWorld’ water park.
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Nissi Beach – for world-class beaches
Nissi Beach, Cyprus has some of the best beaches in the world
One of the world’s best beaches and Blue-Flag awarded, Nissi Beach is a great choice for sun seekers.
The white powdery sand and turquoise waters often draw the crowds during the day but there are secluded spots to find a piece of sand to yourself.
With Ayaia Napa five minutes down the road, you can expect a quieter, laid-back atmosphere in the evenings in Nissi Beach.
Find traditional tavernas, where you can enjoy a meal by the sea, and often with children’s playgrounds to keep the little ones busy.
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Protaras – for active families
Neighbouring Protaras boasts more beautiful beaches and a great choice of water sports including kayaking, jetski, wake-boarding and stand up paddle.
Try Fig Tree Beach for tons of water sports options – as well as golden sands to sunbathe on – or Green Bay beach for scuba diving.
The kids can explore sea caves and visit the aquarium and water park here, while mum and dad will find plenty of bars and restaurants to relax in after an active day.
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Limassol – for a cosmopolitan city break
Located on the south-eastern coast of Cyrprus, the city of Limassol has ancient sights, blue-flag beaches and lots of family-friendly attractions.
With secluded sand and pebble beaches, lined with cafes and tavernas, and a cosmopolitan city with plenty of sightseeing; you can get the best of both worlds here.
Visit the medieval Limassol castle, the ancient city of Amathus and the many restaurants and shops of the marina.
The whole family can enjoy the zoo and Fasouri Watermania: the biggest water park in Cyprus.
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Paphos – for sun & sightseeing
One of the best-known resort towns in Cyprus, Paphos lays claim to golden sandy beaches, a bustling marina and plenty of historical attractions.
From the UNESCO-listed Kato Paphos Archaeological Park and the Tombs of the Kings to Paphos Castle and the Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery; Paphos is brimming with ancient sights to explore.
There are also many family-friendly water sports and beach activities, such as boat rides, snorkelling and the Paphos Water Park.
Just north of Paphos, Coral Bay is a lively seaside spot with white sandy beaches and waterside restaurants and cocktail bars.
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More than three years after the Cypriot leaders agreed to open checkpoints at Dherynia on the east coast and Lefka-Aplikli some 50km from the capital, hundreds of people from both sides queued up early on Monday to finally make the long-awaited crossing, others to express their opposition.
For most it was another step towards peace and reconciliation, for others such as those from far-right Elam, politically unacceptable, and for the father of a man shot dead close to the Dherynia crossing during a demonstration in August 1996, it was like killing his son all over again, he told reporters as he stood on the road bearing a photo of his son Solomos Solomou.
There have also been grumblings from some local businesses concerned that more locals and tourists would shop in the north and take away their custom, especially since the fall in the Turkish lira. Also, in opposition, the Solidarity party said on Monday, the day marked another nail in the coffin of the long-standing struggles of Cypriot Hellenism for the return of Famagusta, while ruling Disy said such confidence-building measures were necessary to create a climate of trust and co-operation between the two communities.
The two openings on Monday, which took place at noon, bring the total crossing points to nine along the island’s 180km long buffer zone.
While the opening of at Lefka was low-key, hundreds queued up at Dherynia, just a few kilometres from the town of Famagusta in the north, to cross both by car and on foot.
Dherynia mayor Andros Karayiannis, who was visibly moved according to CNA, said for years he had worked for the opening of the crossing. He was greeted by the Turkish Cypriot mayor of Famagusta and was presented with olive saplings which Karayiannis promised to plant close to the checkpoint.
He said he hoped that peace and reconciliation would come as a result of the opening of another crossing point. “I never expected that our wish for the opening of the crossing would be embraced by so many people,” he said, adding that this was a crucial step towards reunification.
Dherynia is only two kilometres from Famagusta town in the north. The crossing point, located at Famagusta Avenue, leads straight into the centre. However, residents of the Famagusta district in the government-controlled areas have had to travel through the Vrysoules checkpoint and go all the way round, making it a 40-minute journey.
Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos, during a separate news conference said the opening of the Dherynia crossing was an opportunity for Greek Cypriots to claim the return of the fenced-off ghost town of Varosha in the context of the reunification process.
“The crossings are opening so that they can guide us to the essence, to the solution of the Cyprus problem,” Galanos said, “and to the implementation of the UN resolutions,” which clarify Turkey’s obligation to allow access to the city of Famagusta.
The opening of the Dherynia crossing was not an end in itself, Galanos said. “But going through this road we see the tragedy in its entirety.”
He urged the government to urgently address the issue of Famagusta as part of the broader solution of the Cyprus problem. “We personally call on President Anastasiades and on the UN Secretary-General to assume his responsibilities in the implementation of Security Council resolutions,” Galanos added. “The issue of Famagusta’s opening is an international obligation of Turkey”.
Galanos accused the government of downplaying the return of Varosha and that it should seek this more aggressively, or at least insist on the entry of UN experts to assess reconstruction.
Galanos also said the opening of crossings should not be a cause for division among Greek Cypriots but should be viewed positively and used to further reunification.
In the north, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay posted on social media that the opening of the two crossings despite the delays was a positive development, not only in terms of economic mobility but also for increased dialogue. “After our government came into power, we supported as we had promised the opening of the crossing points and to make the arrangements,” he said.
Baris Burcu, the spokesman for Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, said that although three and a half years was a long time between when the decision was made to open the two crossings and the actual opening, they had done their best to get the job done. “Some problems were experienced due to the former government,” said Burcu, adding that it was hoped the new crossings would benefit everyone.
While the situation at Dherynia showed a mixed response, at the
Lefka-Apliki checkpoint, people from both sides were enthusiastic Turkish Cypriots greeted Greek Cypriots with citrus fruit and olive saplings during a short ceremony with dancing by the Turkish Cypriots.
Road works at Lefka-Apliki are still pending and will be completed in the next four months.
Lefka, a large mixed village in the north is 52km west of the capital. Nestled between mountains and sea, it connects with Karavostasi village (4km) and Xeros (around 4.5km), in the south with Apliki village and south-east with Skouriotisa.
Greek Cypriot head of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Crossing Points, Sotos Zackheos told CNA on Monday that everything that had been agreed by the leaders in May 2015 for the opening of both checkpoints had been implemented.
He said on Tuesday a meeting would take place during which the Greek Cypriot side would continue to table the need to open the Aglandjia– Piroi crossing as well as finding ways to overcome the isolation faced by the residents of Pyrgos Tilliria who are also cut off from the easy access to Nicosia they could have by cutting through the north if there was a crossing close by.