I could have closed my eyes and been transported back to the west coast of Scotland on one of its few sunny summer days, I couldn’t believe the view, the greenery and the mountains it was like being home in Scotland, but instead it was Cyprus!! I think it took me back to my camping days (long time ago) in Skye
Our drive took us to the Asprokremos Reservoir near Kouklia. We had been talking about going for a drive there for a few weeks so that we could see how much water was in the reservoir. We also wanted to compare the reservoir from our previous visit in December 2016 to see if the water levels were higher ALAS not.
We have seen a few dams on our travels around the island in the last year but didn’t realise that there were actually 108 dams and reservoirs in Cyprus and we have only ever stopped at two!! Asprokremos and Mavrokolympos near Coral Bay.
February 2018 – Water Levels Lower
After taking photographs of the reservoir we headed towards the Troodos Mountains through Choletria and then to Nata.
As we headed towards Nata we couldn’t believe how green it was who could believe that we were in Cyprus and also that Cyprus could ever be so green but of course we do get some rain in the cooler seasons and everything starts to grow again, the fields turn green as the grass grows and all around looks beautiful, buds on the trees and flowers opening up and most importantly the grass is green instead of the burnt out dried landscape that we tend to see in the summer months when the temperatures soar. Nonetheless the weather in the cooler season is still lovely with temperatures reaching an average of 18 degrees most days and Phill is living proof that it is warm as he lives in shorts daily from morning until night 7 days a week.
Our drive through Anarita and down to Timi was very interesting – passing goats, sheep and goat herders on the narrow roads. We even crossed a bridge where the river flowed under it towards the reservoir. At this time of year when the snow is on the Troodos Mountains there is quite a lot of water running down the hills from Mount Olympus.
What an amazing view!!
A few years ago, street art in Cyprus was considered little more than vandalism, frowned upon by most and totally disregarded by many. Whilst the majority still hesitate to accept the practice, there is no denying that street art is a far bigger deal on the island in recent years especially leading to the Culture year of 2017, with festivals encouraging talented young artists to jazz up public spaces and buildings in need of a colourful revamp, while many derelict and abandoned spaces, parking lots, and empty walls around Paphos have come to life with all sorts of brilliant designs.
With this in mind we took to the streets of Paphos Old Town to find more of the art work mentioned above. Absolutely amazing display of various colourful paintings on empty walls and car parking spaces.
A few talents joined forces to create this impressive graffiti in the Makarios Avenue parking lot in Paphos – as part of the Paphos Street Art Square Festival to add colour to the streets of the seaside town.
Dream catchers on the side of a building in the old town
Looking upwards from the many bars and cafes
Tiled artwork decorating the streets of Paphos
How amazing does this look in the old town
And it goes on…..
The art work below is shown on one of the electricity boxes. Isn’t it amazing? We found this one at the start of our walk into the narrow streets of the old town.
Phill and I probably haven’t found them all yet….do you think you can find some more for us?…..
An amazing morning to wake up to. Not only was it Christmas day but the previous days coptic storm was gone and the skies were clear!! There was a stillness in the air, everything was quiet and calm and most importantly clear blue skies and a blazing sun shone down as we sat on the terrace drinking coffee. We could also hear the waves lapping the shores of Coral Bay which just showed us how quiet it was. What a difference from yesterday!!
A walk down to the beach is what is needed on Christmas day so off we went. Temperatures were rising as the morning progressed and we started to feel the sun beating down on us around a staggering 21 degrees. What’s not to like !!
Coral Bay Beach
View towards Coral Bay Beach
Coral Bay Beach
We passed Coral Bay Beach and onto Corralia Beach where as with lots of Cypriot beaches there was those who had come to the beach for the family ritual of a Christmas Dip in the Mediterranean and those mad enough to do so for fun. It has to be done they say!! and it couldn’t have been a better day for it. Christmas Day 2017 and 21 degrees.
Christmas Day Dippers
Waves lapping the shore of Corralia Beach
Sea Front at the Coral Beach Hotel
Corralia Beach in Coral Bay
Over the past few weeks I’ve seen in the online-news that the Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko was sailing around Cyprus coastline in his luxury super sailing yacht named “A”. I was so desperate to see it but I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well this morning we woke up to the yacht being docked in Coral Bay. Quickly getting dressed and grabbing the camera and phone Phill and I jumped in the car and shot off to Coral Bay Beach and Corralia Beach to take photographs of this magnificent vessel.
At 468ft in length (length of 1 ½ football pitches), with ship masts nearing 300ft high(taller than Big Ben), ‘Sailing Yacht A’ is the world’s biggest sailing ship. Cruise speed is 18mph, with a top speed of 24mph. The hull is made of steel, with a teak-finish deck. The ship is said to have cost the Russian Billionaire £360 million to build.
Interesting things about this sailing yacht:-
- Her three masts tower up to 328 feet (100 metres) above the water level, with a crow’s nest at 60 meters, there are 24 shell doors in the hull
- It took 4 years to build
- A helicopter pad can be found on one of the eight decks
- The length of the ship is 468ft – the length of 13 London Buses. It incorporates carbon fibre to keep the super vessel’s weight down
- She has 8 decks and features a 1 ft thick glass underwater observation area, located in the keel
- She accommodates 20 guests and a crew of 54
- Her decks are connected by several elevators and sailing yacht A will carry a submarine. Her total sail area will be more than 40.000 sq.ft, or more than 3,700m2.
- Bomb proof glass and 40 security cameras
The boats below sailing out from Coral Bay Beach are heading to the super yacht where the boats are docked within the actual yacht. How amazing is that !! It can hold a submarine and 4 vehicles/boats!!
Super Yacht A in Coral Bay
Super Yacht A
And even better the weather is still amazing here in Coral Bay – temperatures in the region of 24 degrees today and lots of people on the beach, sunbathing or taking a stroll and why not with these spectacular views today.
All Photographs by Fionna Morley
I think we could be experiencing our first Coptic Storm of the season although from reading the calendar detailing Coptic Storms in Cyprus we seem to be a bit early as it isn’t due until 26th November and yesterday saw the start of this one which was the 13th November – the calendar, I’ve been told is accurate to 2/3 days so not sure about this one. Perhaps I could be wrong…..it’s not unheard of you know!! ♥
Anyway yesterday saw a very still sunny morning where not even a blade of grass or flower moved in the morning sun turn into the windiest day every 2 seconds later – from leaving the chair outside to getting upstairs there was a gale and the garden furniture blew over with a very loud bang and the chair cushions ended up floating in the pool. I quickly ran downstairs to drag the cushions out of the pool before they got a chance to sink and then moved all the furniture into a corner to avoid being blown back towards the pool.
Although the umbrellas weren’t up 2 of them are in shreds in some places where the wind has been so bad. Lilo’s, balls and a few other inflatable items blew from one side of the garden into the pool and then out the other side. I was amazed at the sheer strength of the wind.
Today there is no wind and the only evidence now is the number of leaves that have been blown of trees and bushes which have gathered in corners and in pools. However, there is a haze over the sun today and the visibility is really poor. Can’t see the sea from the balcony. Take a look at the difference below:-
Believe it or not it is still sunny although the sky doesn’t look blue – all strange.
Now if I am right we are on Coptic Storm El Micness – maybe someone else can tell me if I’m right on this one or did we just go through a windy day and we aren’t on the 2nd day of a Coptic Storm – who knows!!
If you want to find out more about the Coptic Storms in Cyprus why not read my blog from earlier this year.
Where are the hills
What has happened to the sea
We had a few errands to do on Saturday morning…. pick up a parcel from DHL in Paphos. Next go to Butcher Boy for the best meat and deli around (watch for next blog on Butcher Boy). And lastly, purchase an android box and then we were finished.
As we were near Kennedy Square shopping we decided to go for coffee in Grafico Cafe.
As we found a space to park the car we passed an antique shop. This shop had always intested us so we popped into it to explore what was on offer. At the entrance was a fabulous old delivery bicycle (I think, as it had a basket section on the front of it). A fair horse (I think!!). Upon entering the shop all that we could hear was loud Greek music playing out.
Entrance and bicycle to shop
As we progressed through the shop it was easy to lose each other as there were lots of nooks and crannies in it. Each room seemed to lead to another room full of different things for sale. I think Drew Pritchard would have loved some of them. An old children’s car 🚗 and even an old typewriter ( I’m sure I’ve used one of them as a child, it belonged to my grandparents) and some old radios too. Lots of copper and clay pots too as well as really old advertisement signs and not forgetting lots of old ornaments and toys. There was also old tools and many things that I didn’t have a clue what they were.
As we loved the bicycle we thought we’d get a price for it – could have been a nice garden ornament I thought – €500 to buy it as it was or €800 fully refurbished……..maybe next time I’ll take my cheque book 😜 or someone elses would be better!!
Time for coffee so off we went to Grafico Cafe for some 🍰 and a scone and more importantly to watch the world go by on this beautiful Saturday morning.
Sitting there we noticed that the streets around were much busier than they had been earlier in the year so it is a good sign for Paphos. It is definitely worth a visit next time you are in Cyprus.
Lots of cafes to sit in for a meal or just a snack or even a cool drink or coffee in the heat. If your morning shopping has been thirsty work stop at one of the cafes to enjoy the view over the Paphos coastline and sip on a cool refreshing drink.
I will keep our gem of a find to one of my future blogs. Can’t tell you or even show you everything at once can I?
Today Phill took Chuggy for an MOT. Just when I thought it was going to be simple from now on……
The UK log book doesn’t have an engine number on it only ‘diesel’ and of course this is a requirement for the MOT and the registration of the car 🚗.
The garage couldn’t find it so they couldn’t do the MOT so Phill has been under the bonnet and under the car itself with torch and my makeup mirror trying to find it this afternoon and after an hour or so trying to locate it …… yippee!! He has found it with a help from the internet thankfully.
The second criteria which the car failed on was the front passenger and driver’s windows had a slight tint and in Cyprus these window tints are illegal albeit they were legally done in the UK so the tint has to be removed. Boo boo.
Poor wee Chuggy !! He likes his sun glasses 👓.