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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“Miss Kathy’s” last full day in Cyprus


This could quite possibly be the last visit our friend Kathy will make to Cyprus before she heads off back to UK and then onwards to pastures new.

These are yesterday’s memories:

We went to Lady’s Mile Beach in the vain hope we may catch the Red Arrows in flight practising their rolls over the bay – sadly, it was not to be…

Dammit! I wasn't planning to swim - but I wanted to...

Dammit! I wasn’t planning to swim – but I wanted to…

Later in the afternoon, we took a short walk around some of the streets near to Limassol castle while we had a look for a place to eat with our other friends, Helen and Dave. But first we got waylaid by views of the sea from the car park…

Anyway, back to the old streets of Limassol:

Where we had dinner - close to Limassol castle

Where we had dinner – close to Limassol castle

The meal was okay although I doubt it will be on our recommended list of restaurants. We found the waiter/manager a little too pushy even though we informed he we weren’t tourists and that we have been living in Cyprus for a number of years. Then at the end, he hovered over us to see if we would leave him a tip which was not a good move on his part. Needless to say, he didn’t receive one and then “tutted” when he opened the bill to find there was nothing there…

However, we did find a very nice wine which I believe we’ve had once before at Vinarte Wine Bar in Limassol, but the name of it escaped us. Now we have a photo of it for posterity: a white, dry wine made from Xynisteri grapes by Tsiakkas Winery in Pelendri (Pitsilia region of the Troodos foothills) of Cyprus.

Tsiakkas wine - half bottle

Tsiakkas wine – half bottle

A stroll around the old port after dinner

A stroll around the old port after dinner

It's that catamaran again.

It’s that catamaran again.

Last peep before we head back home.

Last peep before we head back home.


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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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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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