Cyprus Life – in pictures

My new life in Cyprus in images and words. I'm a British 50 something female, originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) and came to live in Limassol, Cyprus in March 2004. This is my photo blog about my new life as an expat on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Plus other things which catch my attention every once in a while…. Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “In the news today

  1. Hello there, Michele!

    I came across your site completely by accident: I was looking for pictures of the ETKO tower in Limassol (not too far from the then-Woolworth, if I remember correctly), and the closest result was your blog!
    My name is Olga, and I’m a young graduate student film-maker living in London. I’m shooting a short film in a few weeks’ time, and it will involve a reference to my life in Cyprus. I spent 6 years living there as a child, and the ETKO tower is, for whatever reason, one of my strongest visual memories – I was looking for pictures to use as references to make an enormous painting to be used in the film. Am I right in thinking that it’s been torn down? If it has, then is there any chance (and it would be unlikely but absolutely incredible) that you have any pictures of it? If not, then sorry to bother you. Either way, I had a wonderful time looking at your posts. They’re bringing back all sorts of memories, and I love seeing someone speak about Cyprus with such love. :-)

    • Hello Olga and many thanks for finding my blog as well as taking the time to write to me.

      The time I was in Cyprus staying near the ETKO tower would have been around 1985 but I don’t recall if I have photos from those days. A long time ago, a different partner relationship, moved house twice since then etc, etc…

      I was staying at the Lordos Hotel Apts which I believe may still be there and I know the Petrolina station is still there by what was the cobbled area of the main seafront road. It gets tarmac/asphalt laid on it every so often but quickly gets worn away owing to the heat and the amount of traffic that passes by on a daily basis.

      If I can, I will try to make some time to go down and take some modern day photos but like you, I believe the tower has gone now :-( It would certainly be a trip back in time for me too!

      So good luck with your film making. Let me know how it goes. Once I get some photos, I will of course pop them on “the Blog”.

      Kind regards
      Shell

      • Hello Shell,

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I figured that the chances of anyone just having the tower in their snaps would be remote, so that’s alright. :-)
        I found a couple of old architectural mockups on Google, and will probably try to cobble together a reasonable-looking tower from them: http://www.lemesos-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/platia_olympic.jpg

        All I’ll really need to do is work out how the palm trees would look from the perspective in that first link (size, etc.), and it should work out fine.
        Very kind of you to offer to take pictures of the area, but if it’s at all out of your way, don’t worry about it. :-) I’m pleased already that someone took the time to get back to a stranger on the internet. However, if you are nearby for whatever reason, it’d certainly help me get a little closer to getting the view reasonably similar.
        If the painting ends up looking half decent, I’ll send you a photo – you can be the judge of whether it’s at all like it is in your memories!

        Thanks again,
        Olga.

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