Playing with the Vretsia Donkeys

Published 29th of March, 2019

We meet any number of animals when we are out on our travels. On the last bank holiday, we thought we would pay some of them another visit, so we packed a picnic and headed off to Vretsia, to say hello to the donkeys...

Distant Snow

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The morning was fresh and the sky really clear when we set off. The spring weather has been a bit of a challenge this year, but the upside of all the rain is that the countryside looks fantastic at the moment, when it isn't tipping down with rain and or hail.

Abandoned Vretsia

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If you want to find out about Vretsia's sad history, check out our blogs in the links at the foot of the page. This one is a good place to start.

The Old Tavern

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Our daughter fancied playing with the donkeys today, which was why we headed here. Last time, they had been between the mosque and the old, ruined tavern you can see here.

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The donkeys weren't there though, so we continued past the tavern to an area we hadn't explored much previously. It was interesting visiting a new area of the village, and we even found an old graveyard, which we will blog about another time.

Enter The Donkey

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Success! We soon found a donkey. Not only that, it wasn't a shy donkey either.

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Mainly fine today, showers forecast for tomorrow

A weak northeasterly stream of air is affecting the area.

Monday will be mainly fine however there will be increased cloud at intervals which early in the afternoon may lead to scattered rain in the mountains and in the southwest and at time snow or sleets in the higher Troodos peaks.