Fylde Coast Musings vs Cyprus Life – in pictures

Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas at the beginning of March 2004 and spent the next glorious 12 years in Limassol, Cyprus. Sadly, in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We now live on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea just across from Fleetwood. More places to discover and capture on camera!

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 😀

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


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cypruspictures/albums/ and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “We should have gone to Lidl…

  1. Next time Michele, perhaps you should consider a “Black Box” recorder? Whoops!! The mention of Lady’s Mile brought back a memory or two.

    • Ha Ha!
      Maybe when they can make a Black Box that gives out a signal which lasts for more than 5 weeks perhaps? It was such a frustrating afternoon, not knowing whether we should try to make the walk to one of the beach restaurants on Lady’s Mile or head towards RAF Akrotir and ask for help. All promises of phone calls back from our insurers were quite fruitless until we got the reply that the rescue vehicle had also got stuck. It didn’t help that he had left the house after calling us from his landline, which meant we had no mobile number to reach him on! A total nightmare – but we can laugh about it now and at least I have some photographs to look back on 🙂

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