Green Monday

Green Monday- Bank Holiday Weekend  – Traditional foods include olives, octopus, and shrimp. In addition to picnics, outdoor activities used to celebrate the day include flying kites, dancing, music, etc.

We headed down to Lighthouse Beach today to see what was happening on “Green Monday”.  We arrived at the car park to find it overflowing and cars parked everywhere.

img_2349 Along the walkway towards Paphos harbour and also in the opposite direction towards the Tombs of the Kings were many families enjoying themselves, having picnics and cooking on the barbecue.  Mums and Dads were seen to be having fun with their children.

It seemed that the main attraction when we arrived was kite flying where hundreds of adults and children were flying kites along the coastal paths and on the beach.  There was even a kite vendor for those that hadn’t brought their kites with them.

Maybe we didn’t stay long enough or we may have been in the wrong location to enjoy the other festivities, live bands and dancing  but it was another fabulous day out where the weather was amazing.  It was so good to see families having fun together and enjoying their surroundings, from swimming in the sea to playing games and of course flying their kites (homemade in some instances) Brought back memories of things I remember doing as a child.

 

 

Bank Holiday Weekend

Another weekend spent outdoors in the warm sunshine spending time in the mornings walking in the surrounding  area of Coral Bay.  We have also spent an hour or so driving around to see what was going on locally.   It seems that Coral Bay has come to life now that the weather is getting warmer.

The countryside is so spectacular at this time of the year from the wild flowers mentioned already to the grape vines and to the farmers baling the hay.

There are many things happening with businesses getting themselves ready for the new season.  A few new buildings are going up – Theo Sunset Hotel is being extended and looks as though it will be completed for the new season.  The “Sea You Beach Bar” is being upgraded and they are laying lovely decking.  It was definitely worth a visit here yesterday (first time this year) to see what was happening.  It is one of our favourite places to sit and “shoot the breeze” the odd weekend and watch the world go by.

What a fabulous weekend it has been with still another day’s holiday  tomorrow in Cyprus to celebrate Orthodox Shrove Monday.  In Cyprus the holiday is called “Green Monday” or “Clean Monday”.

Green Monday begins the season of Great Lent in Eastern Orthodox Churches.  Great Lent corresponds to Lent as found in Western Christianity, although the length of the period is calculated in different ways.  They both use a period of 40 days between the beginning and end of Lent, because of the 40 days that Jesus is said to have spent fasting the desert. However, Western Christendom doesn’t count Sundays because Jesus is recorded as having resurrected on a Sunday, whereas Eastern Orthodox churches do count Sundays.

This first day of Great Lent is called “Clean Monday” because Christians should begin the holy season with “clean hearts and good intentions.” It is also because the season of Lent is regarded as a time for when Christians should clean up their spiritual house, coming to terms with their lives and rededicating themselves to a more holy and righteous way of living.

Clean Monday is a day of strict fasting. Christians are not allowed to eat from midnight to noon and can have no meat at all. Christians are also expected to spend extra time praying during the day and reading from the Bible.

Because Clean Monday is also considered to mark the first day of spring, Greeks tend to celebrate it with outdoor activities and picnics rather than fasting and prayer. These activites are often called ‘koulouma’.

Traditional foods include olives, octopus, and shrimp. In addition to picnics, outdoor activities used to celebrate the day include flying kites, dancing, music, etc.

It should be a fun day and we are looking forward to heading down to the sea front at Paphos to find out what happens on this day every year. I’ll keep you posted once we have been.

19 degrees and rising so they say….

 

Yet another sunny day with temperatures rising here in Cyprus it is definitely feeling more towards summer than the winter months that we have just left behind.

Feeling now that the weather is getting better I am getting very much into my fitness regime of wanting to go walking each morning and in the late afternoon before the sun goes down – not quite got to the evening walk yet but had a lovely 3 mile walk this morning nice and early and it felt so good.

A slightly different route this morning spending a bit more time in the countryside surrounding the villa giving us an opportunity to see what is going on in the fields and the banana plantations close up instead of whizzing past them in a car.  The top left picture below shows that the farmers have cut the grass and it is now drying in the sun ready to be used later in the year.

Cyprus is quite amazing at this time of year where many of the fields have an abundance of colour – lots of yellow and even some purple thrown in!!  At this time of year all the wild flowers of Cyprus grow and the fields start to look like they do in the UK when the rape seed is growing – so beautiful.

Can you believe the blue skies today – it is great to feel the sun on my face once again – what a beautiful time of year.  Perfect temperatures during the day and even getting milder in the evenings too.

After all that hard work I thought it time for a coffee stop….one of my favourite coffee shops at the moment is Grão de Café in Peyia, (it sits on the main road on the way up to the top of Peyia on the left hand side) where they serve fab coffees and great cakes too.   A lovely Flat White today Mmmmm…….I am of course being good as I’ve managed to avoid having a cake.

Definitely also worth trying their iced coffees, frappes and iced lattes are great!!

Maybe next time you visit Cyprus !

 

 

 

First Walk of the year-22nd February 2017

Well today seems like the first day of summer to me.  Definitely shorts and tee-shirt weather during the day.  Currently (don’t forget it is February) it is a whopping 18 degrees in Coral Bay and I am loving it.  Everyone says I shouldn’t feel the cold since I am Scottish but I must be one of these Scot’s that I need it to be at least 18 degrees to feel happy and to get rid of the blue colouring from the cold weather.

Of course it is February and it could all change tomorrow and revert back to being a bit cold but for today it is amazing.

First thing this morning Phill and I took a lovely walk to the two beaches in Coral Bay, Coralia Beach and Coral Bay Beach.  Our route to the beach goes past the Coral Beach Hotel towards Coralia Beach.  We discovered this morning that they have changed the car park at this point and it is looking great.  Palm Trees are being planted and a new wall has also been built.  Wait until you see it I’m sure you will like what they have done!!

The 615 bus from Coral Bay to Paphos starts and ends here.

Once at the sea front at Coralia Beach we headed along the front towards the Coral Beach Hotel having stopped to take in and enjoy the breathtaking view before us.  The water is crystal clear and you can see everything in the water including the little fish going about their daily business.  The beaches are quiet at the moment but there visitors here and some are enjoying swimming in the sea (even in February).  Look at the photographs below and in the distance you will see someone swimming.  Don’t you wish it was you?

We passed the harbour where lots of boats are docked and followed the footpath along the front at the Coral Beach Hotel.  fullsizeoutput_b27

The grass at the hotel is also very green due to the rain we have had during the winter.  Cyprus does look beautiful in the winter too as everything grows and is very green opposed to the dry land that you normally see in the summer.

If you keep going you can go right to the end and then climb some steps which takes you up to the Thalassa Boutique Hotel and Spa.

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When we were there we walked down to Coral Bay Beach and along the sand, it was lovely.  At the moment due to the storms in December in Cyprus there is quite a bit of seaweed on the beach at one corner about as tall as me – quite amazing to see really although don’t worry it will be cleared soon in readiness for visitors to the island

Coffee is calling us so of home now – until tomorrow !!