Every hilltop experience starts with a decision at the bottom!
Not long ago I was on my way to Paphos, when I decided to veer off the A6 for Pissouri Bay to take pictures of this idyllic location. Situated halfway between Limassol and Paphos, this peaceful bay is popular with tourists due to its azure sea, long stretch of beach, spectacular cliffs and tourist amenities.
While exiting the bay, I noticed a steep, winding ascent which I decided to follow. The scenic route led directly to Pissouri village, which is built on the brow of Cape Aspro. I parked at the bottom of the village to avoid congestion and took the steps up to the village square.
The village is characterized by narrow, cobbled streets and unique architecture. With 1400 residents including a number of foreigners, there is an extensive range of facilities (for a village!) including a bank, restaurants, a supermarket, a barber's and other local businesses.
Choice of restaurants
Pictured below is a memorial of the former much-respected community leader, Neoklis Antoniadis. The Gothic church, Apostolos Andreas Church, was completed in 1882 with stones from the villages of Anogyra and Prasteio.
Cypriot villages never fail to present photogenic scenery. The calm serenity of village life provides moments of stillness and reflection.
I am glad I made a spontaneous decision to follow the signs to Pissouri village. Considerable effort was required to reach the village square, but the marvellous, panoramic views and quaint scenes of this hilltop experience made it worthwhile.
The same can be said of the Christian experience. To reach the hilltop of God's presence, we need to make a conscious effort to grow and climb to the peak. There is always the need to learn and be taught no matter how long we have been believers. If we claim we already know everything, we will never experience new heights or revelations of God's love.
A Song of Ascents
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
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Images by author © Olive Wilson