Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A visit to Thalassa Museum of Agia Napa

As much as I love the beach and pool you can have too much of a good thing, especially in the height of summer when the temperatures reach 40 plus degrees every day so I am always on the look out for alternative ways to occupy ourselves.

There are not a whole lot of options really but one I'd had in mind for a long time is the Thalassa Museum in Agia Napa. 

Last year was the first year I thought Leo might appreciate it so back in July my Dad and I took the boys for a look round.Worst way round I thought we'd all appreciate the air conditioning!

Leo was really impressed by the model sharks and other sea creatures and enjoyed looking at the main display - a replica of the 'Kyrenia II' a life size exact replica of the ancient vessel of the classical period (400 B.C)
Thalassa Museum Agia Napa

There are many glass panels in the floor which he found really interesting and a huge section where a reconstruction of the old shipwreck is displayed underneath.  There is also a documentary shown which was a bit too long for a fidgety four year old but Dad and I found the bit we saw interesting!

On the basement level is the Marine Life exhibition, and I was surprised to hear Leo pointing out several things in Greek so I assume they have covered a bit of this at school!  Full of stuffed fish, turtles and mammals of the Cypriot and Greek seas,  as well as exhibits of shells, barnacles, sea urchins, crabs, lobsters and much more,  plenty to see and explore.

Agia Napa Thalassa Museum

Leo was really interested in most of the displays, asking tons of questions  (as he does!) and listening with interest as we read the information to him. He was most fascinated by a skeleton displayed in a glass case under the floor, this has been the lasting memory for him and led to many conversations and more questions since!

It was a great way to spend a couple of hours and escape the heat in the middle of summer!

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