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!


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Can you spot the difference?


A bit of a change in the weather today – quite a different view from that we had on Sunday 13 April 2014.

What do you reckon?

It’s hard to believe that on Sunday we had glorious blue skies with not a cloud in sight….

These below were taken on Sunday 13 April whilst waiting for our English Breakfast to arrive at the Buccaneer Pub in Erimi village, Cyprus:

Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

A table by the window

A table by the window

And today, Tuesday 15 April 2014 – I drove to work with heavy skies behind me and over the sea towards Akrotiri. This is my view on arriving home from work this evening:

So, we’re hoping the weather will pick up again for our friend Kathy’s arrival on Good Friday when she will be here for a couple of weeks over the Easter holidays, although it looks like we won’t be able to make any promises. Here’s the long term weather forecast for Limassol district of Cyprus from Accuweather for the next 10 days:

Cyprus (Limassol) weather for Easter 2014

Cyprus (Limassol) weather for Easter 2014

Fingers crossed that the weather pattern will change (I don’t hold any great faith in weather predictions for more than 3 days ahead when you live on a Mediterranean island) and it will be more like this instead:


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We should have gone to Lidl…


So, just how did we get from this:

In front of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Limassol

In front of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Limassol

to this?

"Trucky" stucky in the salt lake at Akrotiri, Cyprus

“Trucky” stucky in the salt lake at Akrotiri, Cyprus

You may well ask :-D

I’m blaming it well and truly on my other half, Clement….

What started out as a pleasant drive over to the east side of Limassol to collect something, we saw as we were driving along our glorified dual carriageway (referred to as “στο highway”) we spotted something large and looming out to sea, which after our eventual return home turns out to be:

RFS Admiral Kuznetsov 063 (Russian aircraft carrier)

RFS Admiral Kuznetsov 063 (Russian aircraft carrier)

Ship spotting in #Cyprus

Ship spotting in #Cyprus

"You've been framed"

“You’ve been framed”

My trusty husband, Clement was positive he’d spotted something of even more interest to the other side of Limassol New Port:

"I spy with my little eye..."

“I spy with my little eye…”

and off we went in search of ships….. with a few stops along the way:

Is this what they call a dry dock?

Is this what they call a dry dock?

Wooden boat for sale

Wooden boat for sale

Four footed, furry friend who was too tired to say "hello"

Four footed, furry friend who was too tired to say “hello”

You tell me... I haven't got a clue what it is!

You tell me… I haven’t got a clue what it is!

Sadly, we saw no other ships – it must have been the sun that went to his head! But, as we’d got so far around the back of the port, we decided the best course of action to get home was across the salt lake at Akrotiri. Just behind RAF Akrotiri airforce base…

A bad move on our part as we got ridiculously lost by approaching it from a different angle than normal. We suddenly came upon a perimeter wall with barbed wire netting and thought we had gone a bit too far. So, searching for tracks of other vehicles (there are several routes to cut across the salt lake) and being familiar with only one way from Ryan’s Grill on the Aki “strip” to Lady’s Mile Restaurant on Lady’s Mile beach – we decided we should turn back…. Hmmm, and that’s where we made the worst decision ever!

We got stuck in some dodgy quagmire of salt, sand – and we think we may well have struck a secret oil field!

Not only did we get stuck, but the Padjero sent by our insurance company Gan Direct, also got stuck! Meanwhile as we’d been waiting for over 30 minutes with no call back either from our insurance agents or the recovery vehicle, we managed to walk a short way and thumb a lift off a passing vehicle (on another road, I hasten to add) to the last beach bar along Lady’s Mile Beach – the aptly named, Lady’s Mile Restaurant…. Eventually, after numerous phone calls and requests for a call back, our insurers’ informed us the rescue vehicle was also stuck! They did manage to find our vehicle though, which was good as we had absolutely no idea where it was and without a WiFi signal, no GPS coordinates either :-(

Sooooo, along came another rescue truck – complete with winch! And eventually, we were all rescued and we all lived happily ever after :-)

Finally, "The RESCUE"

Finally, “The RESCUE”

More photos on Flickr in the set: “Should have gone to Lidl


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Cyprus National Day – cause for a celebration


Yes, while most of my UK friends and ex-colleagues played pranks on each other for April Fool’s Day, we were enjoying a public holiday for Cyprus National Day.

Every year on 1st of April, Cyprus commemorates the Greek Cypriot National Day or EOKA in memory of the establishment of the National Organization of the Cypriot Struggle known as EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston).

EOKA aimed to fight for the country’s independence against the British colonies on 1955 and its union with Greece.

And while all that was happening, we chose to go for a drive out with our friends Dave & Helen in the direction of Paphos. We found ourselves at the village of Kouklia, which for such a small place seems to abound with dozens of tavernas!

We came across a few we would like to try at some time in the future.

Efraim Tavern, Kouklia - one of many!

Efraim Tavern, Kouklia – one of many!

V Bar, Kouklia - what's wrong with this picture?

V Bar, Kouklia – what’s wrong with this picture?

Rated #7 of 9 in Kouklia. We ate here.

TripAdvisor rated #7 of 9 in Kouklia. We ate here.


The Diarizos Tavern was “okay”, and if there are only 9 tavernas in Kouklia – then that rating is probably about right.

The lady who served us was very friendly, our beer glasses were icy cold and frosted (straight out of the freezer). We were given some garlic bread and tzanziki (cucumber, yoghurt with mint dip) and a plate of olives while we waited for our order.

The meals didn’t all come together which we found a little off-putting and each plate had chips which were overcooked. We weren’t totally impressed with the food – but it was okay and reasonably priced.
Our main meals were followed by the arrival of 2 apples and 2 oranges (whole) plus a cold semolina / rose water pudding topped with pistachio nuts. As my husband doesn’t “do” white puddings, his remained firmly on the plate.

All in all, 4 meals (grilled chicken, pork chop, pork souvlaki and a mixed kebab (sheftalia with pork souvlaki), 2 large KEO beers and 4 cans of diet Coke came to €42 – so not too bad. The pork chop was €7, which as our guide price based on eating in various establishments around the island is very reasonable.

The lady even took our photo for posterity!

Here is a snapshot of some of the eateries in Kouklia village. Someone told me there are now 14 places to eat in the village:

Cyprus - Kouklia Restaurants

Cyprus – Kouklia Restaurants

Putting Kouklia on the map

Putting Kouklia on the map

Next time, we will stay a while longer in Mandria village which we only really passed through and grabbed a few photos this time. We will try out one of the restaurants/tavernas there – probably when we’re on our way back from an overnight stay at a secret location in Paphos.

Psst….. it’s not secret to us, I hasten to add – but we’re not telling our friend Kathy which hotel we are staying in until she arrives for her Easter holidays :-)

You can see the rest of my photos of the day on Flickr here (Cyprus National Day 2014).

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