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 – it’s been a while:

Hmmm, had many problems in accessing my WordPress blog for quite a few months now….

Suddenly, WP has changed the goalposts and decided it wanted a username rather than my usual login – total nightmare because I couldn’t find it, or remember it no matter what I did or tried.

I even tried the Password Help form requesting to reset the password multiple times – but no email has ever been received! This is not the first occasion I’ve had this problem and it seems nobody ever replies and sends that “help” that’s most necessary :-(

Anyway, today somehow I managed to get here :-) More good luck than management, I believe!

So, rather than bombard you with lots of writing for you to read, I will give you some smidgens of what we’ve been up to since my last post which was waaaay back in November!

November 2014: we took a quick visit back to UK to see my parents. We stayed for 6 nights in sunny Blackpool at the Grand Metropole Hotel. Sadly, “Grand” it most certainly wasn’t :-( At the time of writing this article, according to TripAdvisor UK this hotel is “Ranked #67 of 74” hotels in Blackpool….. says a lot doesn’t it?

It definitely was “grand” once, many years ago before Butlins let it go to the Britannia Group of hotels. And apparently, the Grand Metropole isn’t the only one of it’s kind under this auspicious umbrella of hotels to meet with this same fate. It appears they are all very much “unloved”.

Doesn’t look bad from the outside does it? And, you have to remember that this is the ONLY hotel in the whole of Blackpool that is on the sea side of the resort. Don’t you think you would want to aim for a great reputation rather than scary as someone recently stated?

My review here of our stay on TripAdvisor – and please, take no notice of the so called “reply” from “joepiper” the General Manager as these are all simply copy/paste replies which he/she has since become famous for :-/ I was a bit miffed to say the least, hence my retort below:

To “joepiper” / Francis Sheridan (General Manager) of the Grand Metropole (Britannia Hotel group) please take note: this is NOT a “dubious inaccurate report” and I hope that now your staff have been “de-briefed” regarding the “disappointing elements of our stay” someone has finally decided to clean the filthy push plate on the Promenade Restaurant door!

Anyway, onwards and upwards…….

The Last Sunday of 2014: this was the view down at one of our most favourite beaches in Cyprus (Curium Beach) in the Limassol district on Episkopi Bay.

That was 28 December – the last Sunday of 2014. How did yours look?

Here we are already into 2015!
This below was 11 January (Sunday):

We decided to take a short photo shoot from above Curium Beach before meeting our friends at one of the beach bars there for lunch. There are 3 tavernas (Cypriot traditional restaurants) on Curium Beach and you can see them here pictured in the photo below:

Cyprus viewed through Roman eyes” – Is this how the Romans saw Curium / Kourion from their vantage point?
More photos here

1 February 2015:
Reflections of Limassol” – a whistle stop walking tour of Limassol old town and a quick stop for a cool drink on the New Limassol Marina:

I kid you not….. above is really the registration plate of this very expensive car. After a little research, it appears it’s registered in UK.

More photos from our whirlwind visit here

February 2015 – following some of the coldest temperatures we’ve experienced during 11 years of becoming permanent residents in Cyprus (yes, there was snow on the ground the day before we arrived at the sea levels in Limassol and Paphos holiday resorts), we took ourselves off to Coral Bay at the Paphos (western) end of the island for an overnight stay at the Panareti Coral Bay Resort. A very nice smallish hotel (we stayed on AI basis and paid around 50 GBP for bed, breakfast, evening dinner and all drinks included). We had a very nice 1 bedroom apartment but the only problem we had was we couldn’t keep the room warm due to the bitter temperatures from the previous days – even with our fan heater!

Above photo: View from beside the Thalassa Hotel at Coral Bay, Paphos.

This was the view from our room: One night All Inclusive at Coral Bay (Panareti Coral Bay Resort – Apt 402). One bedroom apartment sleeps 1 to 4 people.

I think that’s enough to whet your appetite. Lots more to come as we’ve been busy during the first quarter of the year…

Don’t forget you can keep abreast with all our excursions by following my photo diaries on Flickr or stay up to date with me on Twitter too!

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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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