November Monthly Meeting
Monday, 13 november 2017
Marriott Hotel, The Hague
Johan de Wittlaan 30
2517 JR The Hague
Registration from 09:30
Opening October meeting at 10:00
From Central Station: Bus 24 or Tram 1 & 16 (stop World Forum)
From Hollands Spoor: Tram 16
Parking : € 4
“Cyprus is a place where the miracle still works”
The Greek Nobel laureate poet George Seferis wrote that “Cyprus is a place where the miracle still works”. The third biggest island of the Mediterranean Sea and the most eastern EU member state is a destination for everyone and a lot more than a sunny island or “zonvakanties” destination, as is promoted by the Dutch tourism agencies.
Of course, Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate and the sun shines
almost every day. Its crystal blue sea and its iconic sandy beaches attract tourists from all around the globe. But its landscape is very diverse for an area of 9,251 km2. For example, the highest peak of the island, Mount Olympus is 1,952 meters above sea level, and is part of the Troodos Mountain range, also known as the green heart of Cyprus which has many beautiful villages and forests.
After many centuries under foreign rule, Cyprus became an independent Republic in 1960. In 2004 the Republic of Cyprus became a member of the European Union and in 2008 it adopted the euro as its official currency.
Cyprus is also the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty, but many other strong female figures played a leading role during its long and tumultuous history. Professor dr. Marina Terkourafi of the University of Leiden will present some of those inspiring women during her lecture. These influential women may also be a source of inspiration for the members of the International Women’s Contact of The Hague.
Photo by Agis Agisilaou