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


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Book Review: The Forgotten

The Forgotten by David Baldacci
The Forgotten by David Baldacci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not quite as good as the first “Puller” book

After reading the first John Puller book I was obliged to hunt down the second in this series.
I wasn’t disappointed but I didn’t enjoy it quite so much as Zero Day (the first book by David Baldacci to introduce his character, Puller).

However, it started out good and there was a story running all the way through it but it wasn’t quite so believable as Zero Day although we’re all fully aware that this kind of stuff goes on but perhaps not on such a grand scale.
I wasn’t so sure about the “twist” near the end and it’s this that turned me against it.

I did like the character and if you’re a fan of Jack Reacher, I’m sure you will enjoy it too.

But my tip would be to read Zero Day first.

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Book Review: Zero Day

Zero Day
Zero Day by David Baldacci
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

David Baldacci’s answer to Jack Reacher

I really enjoyed this book and it was recommended to me by a colleague.
I agree with my friend Jani, the main character is definitely of the “Reacher” genre as created by Lee Child and I also fell for John Puller for all the same reasons. So much so that I had to hunt down “The Forgotten” being the next “Puller” book.
I’ve read that one too!
Great characters, good descriptions, excellent pace throughout the book.
Love these and I hope David Baldacci will write more in this series.

Keep ’em coming please!

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