Paphos in Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty and sexuality, so what could be more romantic than paphos holidays?

pahphos-petra_tou_romiou_beach, CyprusPhoto by Nino Verde

A must sight for me is the Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou) above, not only for the beach’s beauty, but for the history and atmosphere of the place where Aphrodite were born from the Sea. Many have done pilgrimage’s to the place during ancient and modern times.

Near Petra tou Romiou, there is Palaepaphos, Old Paphos, once upon the time the city kingdom of Cyprus, I really want to see. There were Kouklia, the famous Temple of Aphrodite constructed on the hilltop by its cult – the whole Aegean world did worship the goddess, not only Cyprus.

Nearby the fishing village Latchi (Akamas Peninsula) is the famous baths where Aphrodite used to take her baths, in the pools of this natural cave. It’s said that if you did bath in them, your fertility were restored. There are also Adonis Baths, which relates to the love story between Aphrodite and Adonis.

I would want to let the song of the crickets and the marvelous moonlight enchant me and my spouse, making toasts for our bright future together with a very bubbly champagne.

If you’re not already married: why not having an outdoor wedding ceremony? (I have always loved the idea of a beach wedding!)

Paphos region is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it even more desirable as a travel destination rich of history.

There are among other sights, spectacular mosaics (near the Paphos harbor) that has been buried for 16 centuries, from the houses of Dionysus, Orpheus, Aion and Theseus – mostly with Greek mythology motifs.

For us nature lovers, the Diarizos river valley is a great choice of road trip, through Nikoklia village to the Troodos mountains with wonderful scenery.

Of course there are other sightseeing to do since, Paphos offer a lot of attractions even for families or people not looking for a romantic destination.

There are the Paphos Fort at the marina, full of colorful history, built by the Turks in 1586, last actively used by the Brits. For families there is Aphrodite Water Park with lots of fun water rides.

Ideal time to go there would be May-June or September if you are like us, wanting sunny but not too hot weather, because in July and August they use to get heat waves with hot hot air drifting over from Sahara.

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I always find it so sad with abandoned boats, wondering what story is behind it. So also with this boat we found at Fårö island at the northern tip of Gotland island at the east coast of Sweden.

faro-abandoned-boat1, Gotland, Sweden

Left in the nature. Alone for ever…? Make me wanna turn it around and look for some oar and drop it in the sea again….

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We were out on a short road trip at Gotland island when we found a lot of interesting vintage photo equipment in a flea market store. This Cinelarger were used to allow users to create single frame still blowups of home movies.

faro-vintage-camera-frontside, Gotland, Sweden

A very interesting profile, don’t you think…? At first sight I almost thought it were a kind of camera, before I explored it a bit further. Below you can see the front of it.

faro-vintage-camera-front, Gotland, Sweden

Then I read the name Cinelarger on the backside and opened it, to finally understand that it at least wasn’t an ordinary camera…

faro-vintage-camera-back, Gotland, Sweden

..but something to enlarge film frames with. From what I then read about it, it was medium format film used to produce a negative large enough for contact printing.

faro-vintage-camera-inside, Gotland, Sweden

This one was for 16mm movies, giving enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches. I could not spot any production year though. Any one having any ideas?

Oh, I just love those old vintage things!

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