Monday, 25 March 2013

2nd project meeting: Troodos, Cyprus

In March 2013 all partners had opportunity to meet again in one room. Proud people of Troodos showed their generosity by bringing many gifts to us already in Newcastle, so there was a promise of very interesting trip. And the reality was even better then our expectations...

The meeting in Cyprus was a fantastic opportunity not only to meet everyone involved in the project again, but also to explore some of the most beautiful places in the country. We were based in Platres, up in the mountains, which had formerly been a base for the British military in Cyprus. It was funny to see traditional English post boxes, but coloured yellow, not red! From our base in the Troodos mountains we were able to explore many places of interest. Here I am at the rose cosmetic and fragrance centre. It was too early in the year for the roses to be out, but we could smell the perfume and taste the rose liqueur! and sample plenty of amazing Cypriot food. Here I am “helping” to cook the lunch at a traditional taverna in Vouni village, famous for its wine making and now home to a brand new Wine Centre, which we also visited and where we tasted a range of local wines – it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it!
Throughout the visit we experienced fantastic hospitality from our hosts, Panayiotis, Christos and their colleagues, but despite all the visits and fabulous food and drink, we got plenty of work done too.
We all made presentations about our national foods and the healthy eating initiatives that are currently running in our countries. We also planned our next meeting and agreed on a plan of action together so that we can all build on the knowledge and experience we have gained.

Sarah Binns, Adult Learner, March 2013

Welcome by Panayotis and members of tourism board of Cyprus.
Visit to ...
Rosewater, Sugar treat and meze
Wine tasting
...Valley and Limassol visit.

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