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!

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How to make…. Cyprus specialities:

Σουτζούκου – Soutzoukos, is quite delicious although it may take a little time to acquire the taste. Made from grape juice and flour with some added flavouring, followed by dipping strung nuts and hanging to dry several times to allow a build up of the soutsoukkos mixture around the nuts. Gorgeous! Traditionally sliced up (after cooling and once the string has been removed) then stored and used as a sweet over the winter. I keep mine in sealed plastic container in the fridge…


Τραχανά (Trachanas) – hmmmm, not for the faint hearted. Definitely not one of my favourites. Once tasted, never forgotten and certainly not to be tried agan. Made from all things white: semolina, flour, milk, yoghurt plus some eggs, wheat and maybe even some mouldy halloumi.


Χαλλούμι (Halloumi) – “squeaky cheese” everybody’s favourite. It’s fabulous served grilled either alone or with some fresh salad in pitta and preferably with some grilled lountza!


That’s your lot for today, enjoy! 🙂


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Air Berlin goes naked!

No holds barred naked video from Mark Bellinger who arrived in Majorca in the Balearic islands minus his luggage.

from Mark Bellinger - the Naked Air Berlin Guy

from Mark Bellinger – the Naked Air Berlin Guy

With no clothes other than the scuba gear in his wife’s’ suitcase be prepared for the cold naked truth as he sees it….

There is however, a happy outcome but don’t expect to get anywhere with telephone or email complaints should the same happen to you – it appears they prefer to deal with issues via Twitter!

Thanks to Mark, the “Naked Air Berlin Guy” for bringing us this new way to take up an airline complaint.

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How did our night go from this:

A spur of the moment decision on Friday evening after our quiz at the Angel Pub in Kolossi led to Saturday evening and a meal at the Twin Arches in Episkopi.
It’s somewhere we haven’t been for many years so we decided it was definitely time to try the restaurant menu.
In our previous visits, the Twin Arches was simply a pub which although it did not serve food itself the owners were perfectly happy for customers to order takeaway from the local pizza place or others in the village.
Reservations are recommended for the weekend.

Twin Arches, Episkopi village, Cyprus

Twin Arches Restaurant

But now they have a shiny new restaurant….. and so our evening started with 4 people with no idea how of many more were coming, which caused a little concern for mine host as he had reservations for the evening and positioning was a little difficult!

Looks like a quiet enough night...

Looks like a quiet enough night… Dave in the background trying find out numbers for the table.

Twin Arches, Episkopi village

Waiting for the others – but, how many are coming?

Twin Arches menu (one side of it).

Twin Arches menu (one side of it).

To this…..

Just waiting for our food to arrive now

May as well take a few photos…

Sneaky, we trusted them to take a group photo of us!

Sneaky, we trusted them to take a group photo of us!

It’s one of those girlies again.

Table for Nine +1

In Cyprus, they dance on the tables.

Gatecrashing the Christening at the Epi Village Inn.

And then this?

Attempted puppy rescue

Attempted puppy rescue

Click the link for more of the nights’ photos on my Flickr account: CyprusPictures

Putting the Twin Arches on the map: