Discovering Cyprus - Derynia Folkloric Museum
When you step off the tourist trail in Cyprus you realise there are many little hidden gems to be found, one of these is in Derynia, the village where we live. The Derynia Folkloric Museum is a picturesque old house full of traditional Cypriot items including many household and farming tools.
The museum is run by a friendly local called Varnavas, who grew up in the house and decided to open it up to the public and share his collection of now historic items. He is happy to tell you lots of interesting information and you can tell he genuinely enjoys sharing his family and countries past with the visitors. From telling you about all the photos of his large extended family lining the walls to opening up all the cupboards and pulling out delicate hand made linens and traditional clothing to show you nothing is too much trouble.
It is even possible to get married here at the museum, either in the traditional bedroom or in the courtyard. I've been to the museum twice now, and I'm sure I'll be back with various visitors of ours in time.
Entrance to the museum is free but donations of any size are very gratefully received, as is a short message in the guest book. There was actually a sign on the wall with (very low) entrance prices but Varnavas told me he forgets to charge and wants people to come and see so the money is not so important!