CYPRESS - October
I’ve discovered an island of Love. Greek mythology placed the birthplace of Aphrodite right here at the serene sandstone nook of Pafos. Rising ashore like the sea-foam from which this warrior Goddess of beauty and pleasure took her name, I bask on rocks in the clear light of the Mediterranean. I’ve been exploring grottoes and cliff-jumping coves, and not far away are the natural springs where Adonis supposedly gazed upon Aphrodite as she bathed. The water here is like swimming through sparkling crystal and I feel refreshed and emboldened – Let him look! I smile to myself as I already have the ideal travel companion anyway: my TANNA sandals by LOS CABOS. She always packs light and is super supportive, providing me comfort even on the weaving coastal trails I’ve been exploring. This classically-inspired design sets me musing on the archaeology of this island – everywhere you go are reminders of Antiquity, once mighty kingdoms that live on through their frescoes, folklore and fare. Halloumi cheese, tzatziki and stuffed vine leaves. Meze-style cuisine accompany drinks given warmly by a typically Med-mix of local Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern families who run the Island’s many open-air eateries.