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’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


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!

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

  1. Hello Shell,

    Today, a friend of mine shared one of your older posts, “Only read if you were born before 1970. Does it ring any bells?” and what a breath of fresh air it was. Maybe because I’m fast approaching my fifty’s but when I saw it was wrote by an ex pat who lives in Cyprus it resonated even more.

    My family and I moved to Larnaca in 2007 (after holidaying there for the previous 15 years) but a serious family illness led to our return to the UK a year and a half later. Our children were younger then so we decided to stay in the UK and with the economic events that happened not long after 2008 we kinda lost everything anyway.

    I’m desperate to move back and miss the island terribly but things are not what they were and who the heck is going to employ a 50 yr old lol. I’m loving your pictures they are bringing back so many memories.

    It would be great to have an ear on the ground so to speak so perhaps you could email me if you hear of any genuine employment/business opportunities.

    Keep posting!

    Best regards,


    • Hi Jon, well I’m 50+ and have been employed during my 11yrs in Cyprus – so don’t give up hope yet. However, jobs are not so easy to come by and so you should choose a location wisely. ie avoid tourist only resorts such as Paphos and Ayia Napa/Protaras/Paralimni unless you’re prepared to travel more than an hour to work and back again afterwards. Also remember that many companies close for a couple of hours at lunchtime and expect you to go home and come back for the afternoon shift….
      Keep in mind that you may not even continue doing the same job you were trained/qualified for in UK (I most certainly didn’t) but I’ve never looked back. Take it as an opportunity to try one of those jobs you always wanted to do in UK but could never afford to. Jobs don’t pay that well in Cyprus (although if you get in with an offshore company you could do okay) but you don’t necessary need the same “must haves” of fancy tech gadgets, bank/credit card/loans that we all rely on in UK. There’s so much more to life outside of 4 walls in Cyprus 🙂

      • Hiya and thanks for the reply.

        We gave up all those gadgets (along with the credit cards) back in 2007 when we moved there lol. We don’t do “materialism” any more Shell 🙂

        I really don’t want to work in the tourist industry so think you’re right about thinking carefully where to live work wise, something I never really thought of before as I was self employed and have been for the last 14 years. Only ever passed through Limassol so not really sure what its like but quite honestly I would live anywhere on the Island now as I so miss the sun!

        Have to bring my two Rhodesian Ridgebacks tho! 🙂

        Oh and although I never ate worms, I did eat spoonfuls of DIRT! According to my mother….

        Take care now.


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