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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Pedal for Parkinson’s


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The following article is all about my best friend when we were at senior school together in Heywood, Lancashire. After leaving school and starting work, we sort of lost each other along the way although our paths have been quite similar…

Me and an old boyfriend brought Susan and her husband, John together – so some good things do happen in life.

Luckily, we found each other again after more than 30 years of starting out full time work when Susan and her husband came to Cyprus on a visit a couple of years ago. Little did I know she had Parkinson’s disease and it came as quite a shock particularly when our last memories were of visits to Tenby and Saundersfoot in south Wales during the school holidays with my parents and later, drinking whilst under age in the White Lion pub in our local town.

Unfortunately, not long after their return to UK, John (Susan’s husband) had a very bad accident when he was knocked off his bicycle in Bolton on the May Day bank holiday.

If you’re affected by Parkinson’s disease either personally or through someone who has it, please consider giving a donation – no matter how small.

My Dad was diagnosed fairly recently and after more than 6 months on medication, we’re seeing no change but a very rapid deterioration.

Originally posted on sarahduggers:

My boyfriend’s sister, Stephanie, has guest blogged for me, about taking part in a bike ride raising money for Parkinson’s UK

You can sponsor Stephanie on her Just Giving page

Pedal for Parkinson's

On the 10 August I will be riding 60 miles (which is 100Km if I include the ride to the start line and back) in aid of Parkinson’s at the Stirling Pedal for Parkinson’s fund raising ride – I would like to raise awareness and funds for vital research into the disease.

“Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet…

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An afternoon stroll by San Rafael Marina, Cyprus


San Rafael Marina, Limassol, Cyprus

San Rafael Marina, Limassol, Cyprus

San Rafael Marina is situated on the east side of Limassol close to the Amathusa tourist area and not too far from the Atlantica Bay (Thomson) Hotel, Elias Beach, Le Meridien and of course the San Rafael hotels.

Elias Beach Hotel, west of San Rafael Marina

There’s a long stretch of sandy beach on either side of the marina and it’s very popular with the locals in the summer – so get there early!

San Rafael beach, Limassol, Cyprus

Some quite nice sailing yachts/boats can be seen from the walkway along the marina towards the club/restaurant.

Private yachts at San Rafael Marina, Cyprus

Perusing the menu at the yacht club/beach bar.

Perusing the menu at the yacht club/beach bar.

There’s also a dive centre where you can visit the dive school for a “try dive” or take up a fully qualified PADI diving course.

More photos of San Rafael Marina and the surrounding area can be seen on my CyprusPictures flickr account.

Putting San Rafael Marina on the map

Putting San Rafael Marina on the map


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Agios Raphael Church, Erimi Village – Limassol


We’ve often driven past a small church on the left side of the road as we make our way towards Curium beach via Kolossi and Erimi villages on the Limassol/Paphos Old Road.

There’s a small gated entrance from the road side but unfortunately, we’ve never been in a position to stop and take photos. But today was different!

We decided to take a trip to the Buccaneer Pub and try out their Special midweek English Breakfast (served 10am till 2pm) at the bargain price of €2.95 for 2 eggs, 2 bacon, sausage, 2 toast, beans, tomatoes and mushrooms.

It was actually very nice! (I’m not a great cooked breakfast fan and generally, I wouldn’t give it the time of day if it’s served after midday). However, this event was a “date” arranged with friends Helen & Dave on my Wednesday afternoon off, so – breakfast it was!

Anyway, I digress…. the church I refer to, Agios Rafael is almost opposite the Buccaneer so once we’d eaten we walked across the road so I could grab some of those photos I’ve been after for many months.

It’s only a small church but very pretty…. almost too pretty, I think?

Agios Raphael Church, Erimi Village

Agios Raphael Church, Erimi Village

Religious icons

Religious icons

Floor mosaic

Floor mosaic

Church Bells

Church Bells

Putting Erimi village on the map

Putting Erimi village on the map

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