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Middle East » Cyprus » Kato Paphos March 21st 2020

Although the flight time to Paphos in Cyprus is just over four hours the journey from Preston to reception at the hotel took thirteen hours. Consequently, we were pretty knackered when we strolled into the bar about eleven o’clock for the first night of our six-night stay. A couple of sandwiches and drinks awaited us. They were basic, but fine, and appreciated. As we enjoyed this fine dining, we listened to the singing and soaked up the vibe. Sat variously around the bar were twenty odd English senior citizens having a right old ‘knees up’ (Mavva Brarn). As we sat down, we were treated to ‘Roll Out the Barrel’ quickly followed by ‘Daisy, Daisy (give me your answer do…)’, next up was ‘White Cliffs of Dover’. Of course, these songs were actually popular before these people ... read more
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Inside Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa
Birth of Dionysos House of Aion

Middle East » Cyprus » Limassol December 2nd 2019

2019 11 Cyprus 11-12-2019 Limassol, Cyprus Cyprus la mot nuoc la lung va dac biet nhat the gioi duoc chia 2 mien Nam thuoc Greece va mien Bac thuoc Turkey ma chinh giua la Lien Hiep Quoc chiem dong nhu de ngan cach va dung hoa giua 2 ben. Thu do cua Cyprus la Nicosia duoc thanh lap vao the ky 11 va la thu do cuoi cung cua the gio bi chia lam hai. Mot ben la Nam Greece Republic va mot ben la Bac Turkey Republic Duoi day la bai viet cua toi khi toi den nuoc Cyprus vao thang 11-2015: Doc lap tu United Kingdom nam 1960 va gia nhap thi truong chung Au Chau European Union nam 2004. Rong 10,000km2 co 1.1 trieu dan. Trinh do cao voi trung binh moi nguoi ... read more
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Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos September 25th 2019

All good things have to come to an end sadly and today is our last day here at the Constantinuous Brothers Athena Royal Beach hotel. The first time we have stayed here and whilst researching prior to booking our holiday we found so many positive reviews from mostly returning guests! Since we have been here we have only met two other couples who, like us, were experiencing the Athena Royal Beach for the first time. From the moment we arrived the service has been wonderful, attentive staff always with a smile. We hadn't planned on doing much this holiday so have enjoyed just relaxing in pleasant surroundings with like minded people. What will we remember? 1. The free upgrade to a suite room. 2. Sitting outside overlooking the sea for breakfast without the worry of birds ... read more

Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos September 24th 2019

Only a few days left of our holiday so we took ourselves off to the old town of Paphos. Of course since our last visit over 30 years ago everything has changed! We took a taxi rather than the local bus, glad we did because the bus stopped at the bottom of a very steep hill with steps leading up to the old town. Our taxi dropped us off right outside the municipal market, although even this now has a modern facade. We sat and enjoyed a coffee but seeing the faces of those people, young, old, fat & thin who were puffing hard as they reached the top of the steps made us think that perhaps the elevator just to the right was possibly out of order!! The old market has had some renovation, mainly ... read more
Coffee stop before we headed into the market/old town
Quite some climb up to the old town!
Modern facade but inside still had the old character

Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos September 22nd 2019

To escape from the sun one day we took a taxi to the Kings Shopping Mall, a relatively new shiny shopping mall not far from the harbour. Inside was much like most shopping malls with designer shops, food outlets and a cinema complex. Some familiar names too Marks & Spencer, Mothercare and Holland & Barrett. It was nice to be out of the sunshine but not really our scene with all the designer brands with their size Zero goods on display. We left the mall and went to the harbour where we sat in the shade enjoying a coffee and people watching. It was Saturday and lots of local families were making their way to the beach areas. En our route back to the harbour we passed a tree covered in what looked like strips of ... read more
Breakfast on a sunny morning.
Kings Mall
Water curtain inside shopping mall

Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos September 20th 2019

Not much to report since our boat trip on Wednesday. The weather continues to be in the high 20's. Our first week is over and what time started going very slowly now seems to be picking up pace sadly. As with most of the hotels in this area they all overlook the sea and with a flat promenade for several kilometres there is always people strolling, walking or jogging at various times of the day and night. I choose strolling so will share with you my stroll today. Our hotel has a floating pontoon jetty for those wanting to have a dip in the cool sea, accessed by a boardwalk and then a rigid wooden jetty the final part is a floating pontoon, it looked rather too wobbly for me to walk on as I definitely ... read more
Wibbly Wobbly pontoon !
Didn't see any sea life.
Shady spot to rest a while.

Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos September 18th 2019

WEDNESDAY A day of sunshine, shipwrecks, and swimming. We were collected from the hotel and taken to Paphos harbour where we boarded the yacht Ocean Flyer for a day out on the Mediterranean Sea. There were 3 decks and by the time we boarded a lot of the sun loungers had been taken but we managed to find a couple of comfy chairs, which we hoped might give some shade later in the day. We set off around 10am, the staff were very friendly and explained the safety procedures, most of the passengers were English but there were a couple of other nationalities although I couldn't detect the language when their safety reports were announced so just as well we had it in English too ! As we pulled out of the harbour the ancient castle, ... read more
Speedboat rider anyone?
Lived up to the name of Twister!
A thrill so they said !

Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos September 16th 2019

Monday - We decided to have a change of scenery so took a taxi to the harbour area of Paphos. We passed by the Annabelle hotel where we had stayed 30 years ago, it was completely unrecognisable due to recent extensive refurbishment. Our friendly taxi driver dropped us close to the harbour, now completely pedestrianised with owners of cafes enticing you in for a coffee or drink. With a temperature of 30 degrees it didn't take us long to be enticed! Mr. M happy to sit & watch the different types of boats bobbing up & down but I took myself off to visit Paphos Castle. The man in the kiosk asked me "How old" no he wasn't referring to the ancient castle but me! As a pensioner the admission was only 1.25 Euro. Paphos Castle ... read more
Paphos Harbour
This vessel looks a little menacing!
Sculpture by local student at Lemba's Cyprus College of Art Sol Alter” by Yiota Ioannidou

Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos September 14th 2019

TRAVELBLOG SITE HAD A PROBLEM IMAGES NOT SHOWING - PROBLEM NOW RESOLVED. Updates now a little behind. Returning to Paphos after 30 years One thing that hasn't changed is the hospitality and friendliness of the people. This is one of our Fly 'n' Flop holidays so will be mostly relaxing but I'm sure I'll find enough to photograph & tell you about over the coming days. We had a good flight and landed about 20 minutes early which made up for the slight delay we had on takeoff. There are many hotels here owned by the Constantinuous Brothers - Ours is Athena Royal Beach approx. 4km from Paphos town. We received an ice cold drink with a very warm welcome, first impression so far so good. We were escorted to our room on the 3rd floor ... read more
It's a coffee for me!
Pleasant enough room
A room with a view !

Middle East » Cyprus » Limassol April 5th 2019

Limassol 4th April Our first visit to Cyprus and the city of Limassol, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and lies tucked away in the North East corner. The history of Cyprus goes way back with Richard the Lionheart seizing the island on the way to the Holy Land to do battle with Saladin. When he left to continue the Crusade he sold the island to the Knights Templar. Limassol is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. It’s known for the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artifacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. As always ... read more
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