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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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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Photo Diary: A Day in Limassol


Sooo, if you’ve been following my Facebook page you may already be aware we’ve had family visitors over the last few days staying with us in sunny Cyprus during their whirlwind tour of Europe from the bright lights of Sydney, Australia.

Tom and Lizi came to us for 6 days after spending a week in cold and wet UK and were pleased to feel a bit of a bit of warmth on their bones before heading off on the next leg of their journey to Paris.

Here’s a selection of photos from Limassol town on Friday 15 November 2013:

A student gathering in Limassol

A busy day for students – at Limassol Town Hall

Ayia Napa church, Limassol (Old Port area)

Street Heart (#streetart)

Tom on one of the old streets of Limassol

There's a cruise ship in at Limassol new port

There’s a cruise ship in at Limassol new port

Tom and Lizi in Limassol old town

Tom and Lizi in Limassol old town

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The alleyway leading towards the castle square

Through the foliage

Limassol Castle

Limassol Castle

Skeleton in the closet – this one was beheaded apparently

Inscription in stone at Limassol castle

Chandelier

Chandelier

Through the doorway

Through the doorway

Ancient Cyprus map

Views of the castle square area at Limassol old town

Water tower at Limassol

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Ancient artifacts from the roof

View from the castle tower

Experimenting with an iPhone 5 S (don’t ask, it’s far too technical)

Putting Limassol on the map

Putting Limassol on the map


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Russian Warships in Limassol


RFS MOSKVA 121 Russian guided missile cruiserRFS MOSKVA 121 Russian guided missile cruiserRFS MOSKVA 121 Russian guided missile cruiserRFS MOSKVA 121 Russian guided missile cruiserRFS MOSKVA 121 Russian guided missile cruiserRFS MOSKVA 121 Russian guided missile cruiser
RFS SMETLIVY 810 Russian naval destroyerRFS SMETLIVY 810 Russian naval destroyerRFS SMETLIVY 810 Russian naval destroyerRFS SMETLIVY 810 Russian naval destroyer

Russian Warships in Limassol, a set on Flickr.

Someone in Paphos wanted assistance from Limassol today…

My task should I choose to accept was to do a reccy of the Russian warships that are currently docked at Limassol New Port.

So, as I’m only ten minutes up the road from the port – here they are!

RFS SMETLIVY 810 – a Russian naval destroyer and the RFS MOSKBA 121 (a scary looking lady indeed) and so she should be, she’s a Russian guided missile cruiser!

News of major Russian military naval drills in the Mediterranean sea around the Middle East and Syria

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