Monthly Archives: July 2016

A boat trip along the Thames

London

On Friday the 29th July, I boarded a River boat at Westminster after buying a one way ticket to Hampton Court Palace. The journey was due to take about 3 1/2 hours, I had never actually been on a cruise down the Thames River so it was going to be quite an exciting experience. Continue reading

Petra tou Romiou

Petra tou Romiou

Birthplace of Aphrodite

Cyprus is renowned as the island of beauty. The “Petra tou Romiou” area is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Cyprus, where, according to mythology, Aphrodite rose from the waves. The Greek name “Petra tou Romiou” (“the Rock of the Greek”) is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas, who, according to legend, kept the marauding Saracen Arabs (7th-10th centuries) at bay with his amazing strength. With one hand he was said to have grabbed hold of the Kyreneia mountain range thereby forming “Pentadaktylos”, the Five Finger mountain, while with the other hand he heaved a huge rock and tossed it into the sea at the Saracens who were trying to land. The rock still remains and thus gave the region its name. The site is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural route. Continue reading

The Violin

Violin

As a young boy, I was learning to play the Violin, although I did play in the school orchestra, I never really carried it on and as I entered my teens I stopped, something I still regret. I still have the original learner violin my dad bought me when I was 8/9 years old, but despite not really being able to play, I really do adore violins.

One day a few years ago, I spotted this Violin in an online auction, it was a very dull, sad looking example, but there was something about it that I loved. I was out working when the auction was due to end, but I was on the phone to my partner at the time, and as the auction drew to a close, I told her to submit my bid, 8 seconds from the end, it was close…….very close, my bid was submitted with ONE SECOND remaining and I won the auction! Continue reading

A trip to the beach

One the greatest pleasures I have when I visit Cyprus, is precious time with my daughter.  As she is now grown up, she is always busy doing something, so I try to make the most of any opportunity I have to do things with her. She is a great character and really does enjoy finding something about her dad to laugh about, which is quite funny really. Continue reading

Larnaca Salt Lake

Larnaca Salt Lake is one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus and it has been declared a Ramsar and a Natura 2000 site. It is a complex network of four salt lakes (3 of them interconnected) of different sizes to the west of the city of Larnaca. The largest is lake Aliki, followed by lake Orphani, lake Soros and lake Spiro. They form the second largest salt lake in Cyprus after the Limassol Salt Lake. The total surface area of the lakes adds up to 2.2 km2 and being just off the road leading to Larnaca International Airport is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the area. It is considered one of the most important wetlands of Cyprus. Continue reading

Blessing at Syngrasis

Blessing at Syngrasis

The village of Syngrasis is a small village in the part of Cyprus occupied by the Turkish army, it has been given a Turkish name Sinirustu, however the people of the Republic of Cyprus and its former residents still refer to it by its traditional name. Continue reading

Haroulla's in Athienou

Leaving Larnaca on the B2 heading towards Nicosia, a few miles out there is a left turning for Limpia, straight on is the village of Athienou. Right in the heart of the village is a  a traditional Cypriot restaurant called ‘Haroulla’s’

The first thing you will notice is the traditional feel of the old village building. It’s built of Earth and Straw in the traditional way, with very high ceilings. The service is wonderful and the food is delicious.

I’d recommend the Meze, each portion is much more than the average person can eat, so bear that in mind if there are a few of you, in that case it would be worth ordering ‘Kleftiko’ as well.

If you arrive after 7:30/8:00PM you normally get hot bread straight from the oven of the local bakery, Athienou is famous for its bread.

The quality and volume of food would not be matched by places in coastal areas for twice the price, definitely worth visiting.

 

Cameron's Failed Brexit Gamble

Cameron

What kind of IDIOT, calls a referendum on something so important as the EU, without ensuring that there is clear and concise information about the consequences of remaining or leaving and more importantly, an EXIT PLAN in case the public voted to leave (which they did)

Granted, we were lied to from the outset, Edward Heath KNEW we were agreeing to Political Union, NOT Economic Union back in 1975, but kept it from the public, along with Margaret Thatcher.

We DID NOT sign up for Maastricht, the Lisbon Treaty, the EURO, freedom of movement, or TTIP! Continue reading