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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Catching up – it’s been a while:


Hmmm, had many problems in accessing my WordPress blog for quite a few months now….

Suddenly, WP has changed the goalposts and decided it wanted a username rather than my usual login – total nightmare because I couldn’t find it, or remember it no matter what I did or tried.

I even tried the Password Help form requesting to reset the password multiple times – but no email has ever been received! This is not the first occasion I’ve had this problem and it seems nobody ever replies and sends that “help” that’s most necessary :-(

Anyway, today somehow I managed to get here :-) More good luck than management, I believe!

So, rather than bombard you with lots of writing for you to read, I will give you some smidgens of what we’ve been up to since my last post which was waaaay back in November!

November 2014: we took a quick visit back to UK to see my parents. We stayed for 6 nights in sunny Blackpool at the Grand Metropole Hotel. Sadly, “Grand” it most certainly wasn’t :-( At the time of writing this article, according to TripAdvisor UK this hotel is “Ranked #67 of 74” hotels in Blackpool….. says a lot doesn’t it?

It definitely was “grand” once, many years ago before Butlins let it go to the Britannia Group of hotels. And apparently, the Grand Metropole isn’t the only one of it’s kind under this auspicious umbrella of hotels to meet with this same fate. It appears they are all very much “unloved”.

Doesn’t look bad from the outside does it? And, you have to remember that this is the ONLY hotel in the whole of Blackpool that is on the sea side of the resort. Don’t you think you would want to aim for a great reputation rather than scary as someone recently stated?

My review here of our stay on TripAdvisor – and please, take no notice of the so called “reply” from “joepiper” the General Manager as these are all simply copy/paste replies which he/she has since become famous for :-/ I was a bit miffed to say the least, hence my retort below:

To “joepiper” / Francis Sheridan (General Manager) of the Grand Metropole (Britannia Hotel group) please take note: this is NOT a “dubious inaccurate report” and I hope that now your staff have been “de-briefed” regarding the “disappointing elements of our stay” someone has finally decided to clean the filthy push plate on the Promenade Restaurant door!

Anyway, onwards and upwards…….

The Last Sunday of 2014: this was the view down at one of our most favourite beaches in Cyprus (Curium Beach) in the Limassol district on Episkopi Bay.

That was 28 December – the last Sunday of 2014. How did yours look?

Here we are already into 2015!
This below was 11 January (Sunday):

We decided to take a short photo shoot from above Curium Beach before meeting our friends at one of the beach bars there for lunch. There are 3 tavernas (Cypriot traditional restaurants) on Curium Beach and you can see them here pictured in the photo below:

Cyprus viewed through Roman eyes” – Is this how the Romans saw Curium / Kourion from their vantage point?
More photos here

1 February 2015:
Reflections of Limassol” – a whistle stop walking tour of Limassol old town and a quick stop for a cool drink on the New Limassol Marina:

I kid you not….. above is really the registration plate of this very expensive car. After a little research, it appears it’s registered in UK.

More photos from our whirlwind visit here

February 2015 – following some of the coldest temperatures we’ve experienced during 11 years of becoming permanent residents in Cyprus (yes, there was snow on the ground the day before we arrived at the sea levels in Limassol and Paphos holiday resorts), we took ourselves off to Coral Bay at the Paphos (western) end of the island for an overnight stay at the Panareti Coral Bay Resort. A very nice smallish hotel (we stayed on AI basis and paid around 50 GBP for bed, breakfast, evening dinner and all drinks included). We had a very nice 1 bedroom apartment but the only problem we had was we couldn’t keep the room warm due to the bitter temperatures from the previous days – even with our fan heater!

Above photo: View from beside the Thalassa Hotel at Coral Bay, Paphos.

This was the view from our room: One night All Inclusive at Coral Bay (Panareti Coral Bay Resort – Apt 402). One bedroom apartment sleeps 1 to 4 people.

I think that’s enough to whet your appetite. Lots more to come as we’ve been busy during the first quarter of the year…

Don’t forget you can keep abreast with all our excursions by following my photo diaries on Flickr or stay up to date with me on Twitter too!


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We’re front page news – cover photo on Cyprus Living Magazine


Yep, we’re feeling really pleased just now as one of our CyprusPictures flickr account photos has been chosen for the front cover of Cyprus Living Magazine (Paphos based) November issue. :-)

Not only that, for the very first time the magazine has now been published online, which means our photo will get even more coverage!

Soooo, which photo is it?
It’s this one, a particular favourite of mine, of a broken wooden staircase outside an old village house in the village of Vouni.

Wooden staircase, village house, Vouni village, Cyprus

Broken wooden staircase at Vouni village, Limassol

The photo was taken (with numerous others) during a day out with special friends on 1st October 2014 (Cyprus Independence Day). As always on a public holiday, we try to get out and about with friends and it usually involves a stop for lunch somewhere along the way.

Our first stop was the original village (now abandoned) of Pano Kivides in the lower foothills of Troodos. Due to high danger of landslides, the residents of Pano Kivides felt it was safer to move to an alternative position and so a new village was built a little lower down the Erimi to Omodos Road. You can see it on the right hand side of the road where the road humps are in abundance after you have passed the Souni village turnoff on the E601.

Some of our photos below from the village of Pano Kivides. The church of St George is the one building which shows real signs of life and it is still used for services.

Pano Kivides abandoned village
Pano Kivides abandoned village
Pano Kivides abandoned village

Next stop was the village of Vouni, which is very much inhabited. It was good to be able to take the time to wander around on foot as driving in the narrow streets is extremely difficult. We hadn’t been to Vouni Village for many years and we noticed a number of improvement had/were being carried out. Unfortunately, because of the public holiday we struggled to find anywhere for our lunch stop…

Vouni village, Limassol, Cyprus
Vouni village, Limassol, Cyprus
Vouni village, Limassol, Cyprus

So, nowhere nearby for lunch meant we were heading for our favourite local lunch spot in the sunshine… off we went to the Kourion Beach Restaurant on the shores of the Mediterranean below the ancient Roman ruins of Kourion ampitheatre.

Curium Beach, Episkopi, Limassol – Cyprus

Curium Beach, Cyprus

For more photos of our day out check out the Cyprus Independence Day flickr album.

You can view the online version here of the Cyprus Living Magazine


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Highlights of Malta – Days 1 and 2


A photo diary of our recent holiday to Malta (3 October to 10 October 2014).

Helloooooo!

Helloooooo!

Usually we only visit Malta in Winter (late February/early March) but this time we travelled with our close friends, Helen & Dave who have never been to Malta before. We were hoping they would like it as we’re aware it’s one of those places that you either love, hate or can be completely indifferent to. However, we think they both liked it and now they’ve found out there are a number of cruises which depart from Valletta harbours, I think it may not be too long before they make their way back there.

Day 1 – our arrival in Malta was the smoothest we’ve ever had!
After a two and a half hour flight with Emirates from Larnaca airport we landed at Malta and the first thing was to make a bee line for the public loos, of which there were only 2 in the Ladies room :-(
Making our way to luggage belt No 4 we were very pleased to see our bags coming round to us as one of the first in the queue. On reaching the arrivals hall, we were greeted immediately by James from Star Tourist Services with our mini-bus transfer. He recognised us rather than us having to look for our name – amazing! It just goes to show how social media plays a huge part in today’s world as the only time we’ve “met” in the past are on Facebook.

So after a 40 minute transfer to our hotel (Il-Palazzin) in Qawra one of the first things we did was to head off for a quick tour of the resort to help our friends get their bearings as well as putting our hotel location into some perspective from the bus station to “The Square” at Bugibba and the seafront. It’s a confusing area and takes a few days to suss out the best routes on foot to various places.

We were pleasantly surprised to see the new National Aquarium up and running with a very nice cafe/lido area at the Cafe del Mar. There appeared to be some kind of a private function taking place so I just grabbed a couple of photos from the promenade.

Malta - Day 1 Qawra

Day 2 – first views from our balcony and on foot around St Julian’s/Spinola Bay to Sliema ferries.

View from Room 316 before heading for breakfast

Malta - Day 2 Il Palazzin Hotel, Qawra

Below are some of the sights we came across along the way from hopping off the bus at Spinola Bay and en route to Sliema.

Preparation

Malta - Day 2 St Julian's to Sliema ferries

Passing the time of day

Malta - Day 2 St Julian's to Sliema ferries

Decorative window ledge – near Sliema

Malta - Day 2 St Julian's to Sliema ferries

Old Ford truck – near Sliema

Malta - Day 2 St Julian's to Sliema ferries

Apparently, this is the oldest street in Sliema but don’t take my word for it, that’s what we were informed.

Malta - Day 2 St Julian's to Sliema ferries

Water taxi from Sliema to Valletta – there’s definitely rain in that sky :-(

Malta - Day 2 St Julian's to Sliema ferries

More to follow soon but if you’re keen to see more photos – please feel free to visit my Flickr album

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