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10/07/2019
The rembetiko music played in the tavernas of Cyprus can be enjoyed for its intriguing instrumentation and soulful vocals—but it can be difficult to fully appreciate it if you cannot follow the Greek lyrics. Some familiarity with common themes can help you understand the genre. Though rembetiko developed in the multicultural port cities of the Ottoman empire, it became an important expression of Greek working-class identity after the 1922 destruction of Smyrna forced mass migration. Perhaps the best-known singer-songwriter of rembetiko in this era was Markos Vamvakaris. His 1938 song ‘Oloi Oi Rebetes Tou Ntounia’ / ‘To All the Singers of Rembetiko around the World’ presents him as a poor, wandering martyr who lives in exile and is filled with longing; he also celebrates the audacious man who rebels against his fate. Another popular theme is a man’s desire for a woman of another culture, perhaps best expressed in ‘Misirlou’ by Nikos Roubani. The title character is an Egyptian woman who beguiles the singer with her beauty; versions of this song exist in many Middle Eastern languages and cultures, and a fast-paced rendition features memorably in the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’. Another well-known, brooding song in the genre is ‘Eimai Aitos Horis Ftera’ / ‘I Am an Eagle without Wings’ by Grigoris Bithikotsis; in it the singer is an eagle who had soared in the sky before a ‘beloved hand’ clipped his wings, yet he forgives the beloved hand and vows to ‘love it forever’. These and other rembetiko songs can be heard regularly in Almyra’s seaside taverna, Ouzeri.
09/07/2019
During the period of Roman rule in the ancient town of Nea Pafos, civic activity focused on the Agora marketplace and its adjacent Odeon. Built in the second century, these structures persist in ruins that can be visited in the Archaeological Site of Kato Pafos. Civic activity continues at the Odeon, as it has been restored by the Department of Antiquities and hosts a series of performances you can attend throughout the summer months. On 17 July at 21:30, singer Eleni Vitali will pair up with classical guitarist Panagiotis Magaris for a concert of Greek popular music; the programme benefits Access City Cyprus, a charity promoting access to public facilities for persons with disabilities. A performance of Euripides’s ‘Bacchae’ will be staged by the Belacqua Theatre of Cyprus on 22 July at 21:00; it is part of the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, which invites theatre companies from around the world to perform Greek classics throughout Cyprus. On 30 July at 21:00, composer-pianist Stefanos Korkolis presents ‘We Sing Our Poets’, a concert of modern Greek poetry set to music; he is joined by singer Sofia Manousaki. The Odeon is an outdoor theatre with twelve rows of limestone carved in a half circle for seating. For performances, access the Odeon by following the sign from the B20 road rather than through the main Archaeological Site entrance. Tickets are available in advance online and in various stores throughout Pafos; contact Guest Services for assistance.
04/07/2019
Although beer has been brewed on the island for millennia, the contemporary trend of microbrewing is relatively new to Cyprus. Each major city has a few microbreweries producing hand-crafted beers. In the capital of Nicosia, for example, you can visit Pivo in the old town and select from six beers on tap and three in bottles; you can also take a tour of their brewery, which is situated in a century-old house. Also brewing in Nicosia is Hop Thirsty Friends, which produces the Humor IPA, Weiss, and Pilsner beers. In Larnaca, look for the brews from Mad Pan or head to The Brewery, which offers eight of its own beers on tap along with a home-brewed apple cider. Limassol plays host to Hula Hops Brewery, a ‘gypsy microbrewery’ making the Cyprus Citrus IPA and the Cyprus Summer Wit wheat beer. True Ale Brewery was founded in 2010 in the Russian village Jelomeeno, but it moved to Limassol and started selling craft beer there in 2017. Its output includes four kinds of ale plus one or two special brews per season; the brewery also offers instruction for prospective home and commercial brewers. Closest to Pafos is Aphrodite’s Rock Microbrewery and Brewpub. Above town near the village of Tsada, the brewery boasts a range of beers as well as ciders. A day trip there can include a brewery tour, a sampler of five beers, and a pizza from their wood-fired oven. Wherever you go in Cyprus, know that something good is brewing nearby.
18/06/2019
Some of the most memorable tunes in popular music come from movie soundtracks. Just mention cinematic classics like ‘The Godfather’, ‘Rocky’, ‘Chariots of Fire’, or ‘The Titanic’, and your mind is likely to conjure up the catchy melodies of their theme songs. This month, the Pafos Municipality Philharmonic Orchestra will bring movie music to life in a pair of concerts at Almyra. On 19 and 26 June at 20:30, come to Eauzone—our poolside lounge and bar—and enjoy the band’s performances. The orchestra is an all-volunteer community ensemble directed by conductor Michael ‘Mikis’ Theodorakis. Normally numbering 86 members, the band will be winnowed to 40 for this intimate performance. Your €15 entrance fee includes a welcome drink. The programme will lay emphasis on Greek music, including the Hollywood production of ‘Zorba the Greek’ and some old Greek movies like 'Never on Sunday'. Take in the band’s playing under the stars as the music triggers your memories of the movie stars whose performances indelibly marked these classic films.
05/06/2019
Eauzone is kicking off the summer season with the Ultimate Summer Dance Party featuring Freddie Μερκούρη. The popular DJ duo from Limassol make rare appearances, as they perform only as a hobby—a basic prerequisite is that they must have fun in the process! Their name gives a hint to the mix of tunes they play: Μερκούρη is the Greek spelling of ‘Mercury’, alluding to the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury as well as to the great Greek singer Melina Mercouri (of “Never on Sunday” fame). Spinning classic 80s pop songs, 90s Greek and English ‘ultra’ dance music, rock tracks, and lots of surprises along the way, they create an atmosphere where people just can’t stop dancing. The party takes place on 14 June from 20:00 at our poolside bar and lounge. The €30 cover charge includes drinks and snacks; all proceeds will be donated to the Thanos Hotels & Resorts and Round Table 7 scholarship fund. Freddie Μερκούρη formed five years ago at a friend’s birthday party. These two guys combine their love and knowledge of music to create a non-stop party where it is virtually impossible to sit still. As for their identities in daily life, well, that is a well-guarded secret. But it’s no secret that this duo knows how to party! Call us on 26 888 705 for reservations.
03/06/2019
Each person’s skin is unique, so it stands to reason that a custom formulation of treatment products can best address its problems and bring out its essential beauty. With this observation in mind, Almyraspa has recently added the Codage line of skincare products from France. Work with our spa therapist to identify your skin type and diagnose your skin’s treatment needs. Then draw from the range of Codage products for a custom application. Codage products are formulated with precision and finesse to support your health and wellbeing as well as your appearance. They do not include allergens, essential oils, parabens, or petrochemicals; they are not tested on animals, either. Once you have your formulation in hand, choose from over a dozen treatment options specially created to optimise the Codage difference. Consider the Haute Couture Facial, for example: your therapist will create a custom cocktail of high-performance Codage serums for treatment of the face, neck, and décolleté. Using a range of techniques, the therapist massages the scalp, hands, face, and neck in order to reduce redness, dark spots, shine, dryness, and signs of aging. Another treatment option is the Macadamia, Sugar, and Shea Butter Body Scrub by Codage: the scrub sheds dead skin cells, smooths the skin’s texture, and revitalises your appearance. The process is completed with the application of concentrated body milk formulated for your skin’s needs. After your treatment, ask for advice on your daily skincare routine: the spa can provide you with products that meet your unique needs.