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 – life in Cyprus is becoming a blur.

Taking a look back here on my blog and I realised that time has simply flown by since I made my last blog post in August!

The weeks seem to fly by and the weekends disappear even more quickly :-(

So, rather than bombard my readers and followers with a load of posts all at once – you’re going to get a photo diary of what we’ve been up to since Miss Kathy left us for her journey back to the UK and then on to her new life in the Channel Islands on Jersey.

Here we go:

June 2014
Sunday afternoon and Father’s Day – what better to do with it than take an afternoon stroll around the New Limassol Marina, taking in the atmosphere and enjoying a chilled fruit smoothie and watching the small world of #Cyprus go on with its’ business.

Palm tree lined seafront

Boats and Yachts at Limassol New Marina

Cypriot Restaurant

July 2014
A weekend in Kakopetria village with an overnight stay at the Linos Inn, a traditional but renovated Cypriot village house in Palea Kakopetria (old Kakopetria) in the Troodos foothills of Cyprus.

Linos Hotel & Inn, Kakopetria village

Palea Kakopetria, Cyprus

Palea Kakopetria, Cyprus

Around Kakopetria village, Cyprus

We stayed in the old part of the village which we were totally unaware of before making our hotel reservation, even after having visited Kakopetria several times over the last 10 years.
A very nice place and full of character. There are some beautifully renovated houses offering self-catering or bed & breakfast accommodation. Try it!

August 2014
In search of the Venetian Bridges of Cyprus – we’ve heard of them but never seen them, although we’ve spotted many small stone bridges during our car journeys around Cyprus over the years.
Today on Assumption Day (15 August) we went on Dave’s Big Adventure in search of the Olive Bridge (Elias Bridge) built on the river Foinioti via the Paphos Forest dirt road. Then heading in the direction of Paphos, we later came across Tzielefos Bridge which is pretty spectacular. It was busy and the ice-cream van was doing a roaring trade.

In the Paphos Forest, Cyprus
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Pedal for Parkinson’s


The following article is all about my best friend when we were at senior school together in Heywood, Lancashire. After leaving school and starting work, we sort of lost each other along the way although our paths have been quite similar…

Me and an old boyfriend brought Susan and her husband, John together – so some good things do happen in life.

Luckily, we found each other again after more than 30 years of starting out full time work when Susan and her husband came to Cyprus on a visit a couple of years ago. Little did I know she had Parkinson’s disease and it came as quite a shock particularly when our last memories were of visits to Tenby and Saundersfoot in south Wales during the school holidays with my parents and later, drinking whilst under age in the White Lion pub in our local town.

Unfortunately, not long after their return to UK, John (Susan’s husband) had a very bad accident when he was knocked off his bicycle in Bolton on the May Day bank holiday.

If you’re affected by Parkinson’s disease either personally or through someone who has it, please consider giving a donation – no matter how small.

My Dad was diagnosed fairly recently and after more than 6 months on medication, we’re seeing no change but a very rapid deterioration.

Originally posted on sarahduggers:

My boyfriend’s sister, Stephanie, has guest blogged for me, about taking part in a bike ride raising money for Parkinson’s UK

You can sponsor Stephanie on her Just Giving page

Pedal for Parkinson's

On the 10 August I will be riding 60 miles (which is 100Km if I include the ride to the start line and back) in aid of Parkinson’s at the Stirling Pedal for Parkinson’s fund raising ride – I would like to raise awareness and funds for vital research into the disease.

“Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet…

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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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