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Abandoned Villages - Prastio

The Diarizos Valley really is the gift that keeps on giving. This is the fourth abandoned village we've visited recently. However, this one is a bit special, as it is an abandoned village that is truly abandoned. To get to it, you have to leave the safety of your car, and wade through shoulder-high thistles and grasses. Is it worth the journey? You decide...

The Garden Of Memories is Open!

Last year, St Michael's Hospice Charity Shop ran an appeal to build a Garden of Memories in the grounds of their hospice, for the patients and their visitors to relax in a bit of serenity. Well, today was the official opening, and prior to the big event, I had a walk around with my camera...

Kallepia Caving

We've visited a few shrine caves on our travels through Cyprus. Most of them are fairly shallow though, and don't require a torch to explore. The Agios Konstantinos and St. Helen chapel is different. If you enter the cave there, you better come equipped with illumination...

Abandoned Villages - Trozena

If you've driven over the iron bridge which lies just beyond the abandoned village of Gerovasa, near the outskirts of Paphos Forest, then you will also have driven past the abandoned village of Trozena. Unless you are very observant, you won't have noticed it though, as it is barely visible from the road. It is worth taking a detour to explore the ruins, as these photos will hopefully show...

Geroskipou Sculpture Park Update

Last year we blogged about the Pafos2017 Sculpture Park that had been erected in Geroskipou. Well, a little bird told us that more work was afoot, so we took the camera to have a look...

Adonis Viewpoint

Last week, before the dust arrived and the storms chased the dust away (hopefully), we went exploring through the countryside between Adonis Baths and Akoursos. We were trying to get as close as we could to the Akoursos Cave, but a wrong turn plonked us in the middle of nowhere. I went off to hide a geocache, leaving my wife alone with the camera. This is a guest blog by my lovely wife. Well, she took the photos, anyway. I'm afraid you will have to rely on me for the actual commentary...

Paphos Old Town in 2018

Last year we chronicled the redevelopment of Paphos Old Town over a number of blogs. Now that the glitz and glamour of Pafos2017 has finished, and the camera crews have departed, how have the final stages of the redevelopment progressed? Let's find out...

Paphos Street Art

The murals that adorn some of the walls in Paphos Old Town are transforming drab exteriors into works of art. We covered most of the murals in blogs last year. However, while researching for a new blog on the Old Town, I found a few more...

Abandoned Villages - Souskiou

It's time to return once more to the Diarizos Valley, which lies on the border of Paphos and Limassol. Before Easter we had been exploring the abandoned villages and sleepy hamlets, and I want to show some more of the pictures we took, before the approaching summer heat makes them unrecognisable. So on this blog we shall visit Souskiou. Easy to miss as you drive up the valley, it is nevertheless one of the largest abandoned villages you will likely meet on your travels in Cyprus.

The Eledio Quartz Mines

While researching for new places to visit, we stumbled across references to a Quartz Mine in Eledio, a village not far from Polemi. This sort of thing is right up our alley, so we packed our camera and set off in the trusty Pajero...

From Polemi To Polis

A couple of weeks ago I had an errand to run down in Polis. It was a clear, sunny day, so I took the camera and went the scenic route. Well, two scenic routes, as it turned out. So join us on this trip through the Paphos countryside....

Postcard from Cyprus

One of our forum regulars divides his time between Cyprus and the UK. On his latest visit to Cyprus, he took his camera with him and posted updates on the forum. With his permission I have collated them into this postcard from Cyprus.

Happy Easter!

Religion plays a big part of Cypriot Life, so it is not surprising that Easter is their most important Holy Day. Decorations appear like they do in Christmas in other countries, though not three months early! These are some of our favourites...

Max's Androlikou Roadtrip

In Max's latest blog, he once again sets off in his car to track down some stunning scenery and fascinating flora. They won't be around for much longer, so let's join Max as he searches for spring flowers from Androlikou and beyond...

Polemi Tulip Festival 2018

This morning, Polemi was bathed in Spring sunshine, as it invited people to come and see the tulips that flourish there every year. It is an annual event, which gives a true taste of traditional Cypriot life. And as we live in Polemi ourselves, it would be rude not to cover it, wouldn't it?

Come To Polemi Tulip Festival!

The Polemi Tulip Festival is this weekend, 1st April at 11:30AM. Numerous people have been asking for more information about the event, so we have produced this little guide, showing you where it is, and where you should park etc.

Agios Charalambos

Let's take a little break from flowers. I know that Cyprus looks lovely in the Spring, and that it abounds with colour and life. But it' time to take a break. With the Polemi Tulip Festival fast approaching, and the knowledge that another road trip from Max is just around the corner too, I think we need to look at something without petals.

Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Win Two Prizes In Our 360 Panorama Game! We have mapped the abandoned village of Foinikas and you can now explore it virtually. Find the eggs and win a €50 meal at Delhi Gate or 3 months free banner advertising. This competition is now closed.

The Enclosure of Agios Neophytos

The other day we set off to find the Enclosure of Agios Neophytos. We had seen a video of it and it looked interesting. A remote monastery in a cliff? That ticks all the right boxes. However, there wasn't much to see when we found the enclosure. We had neglected to pick the key up, and our view through the gate didn't reveal much. Fortunately, the journey to and from the place was so much fun that yet again I find myself having to cherry pick the best pictures rather than pad an article out. So enjoy our journey, and with the map at the end to guide you, why not plan your own route...?

Kato Paphos In Springtime.

We have visitors at the moment, so have been showing them the sights. In between times I have taken the occasional photo, which put together paints a nice picture of Kato Paphos in the Springtime. It is busy getting ready for the forthcoming season, but still manages to maintain it's beauty...

Cyprus Orchids

If you only visit in the heat of summer, you could be forgiven for thinking that a lot of Cyprus is like a desert; brown and arid. However, the truth is somewhat different. During Spring, most of Cyprus is green, as recent blogs will have shown. Not only that, but spring flowers come out to bloom, painting the hills and valleys with a sea of colour. If you are lucky, or you know where to look, you will also come across fields of orchids...

Abandoned Villages - Maronas

Last saturday my wife and I were in Paphos with a couple of hours to kill. So we decided to take a trip up the Diarizos Valley. Being on the Paphos / Limassol border, this valley is on the edge of the Paphos Life radar. However, it has a wealth of sites to visit, as you shall see over the coming weeks. Our specific destination was the abandoned village of Gerovasa. There is a fascinating bridge near to it, and we visited the village itself a few years ago, to do a geocache. However, on our way up the valley, we spotted some ramshackle buildings on the other side of the valley, and decided to take a detour...

A Crystal Road Trip

Today Max takes us on a road trip around the Paphos district, to look at some of the fine crystal formations you can find by the roadside. He also shows you a nice vineyard where you can stop for a break and sample their wares...

Green Day Fun

Last year our attempts at flying a kite ended in failure. We wound up using it as a football. So this year we were determined to have more success.

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Abandoned Villages - Prastio

The Diarizos Valley really is the gift that keeps on giving. This is the fourth abandoned village we've visited recently. However, this one is a bit special, as it is an abandoned village that is truly abandoned. To get to it, you have to leave the safety of your car, and wade through shoulder-high thistles and grasses. Is it worth the journey? You decide...

The Garden Of Memories is Open!

Last year, St Michael's Hospice Charity Shop ran an appeal to build a Garden of Memories in the grounds of their hospice, for the patients and their visitors to relax in a bit of serenity. Well, today was the official opening, and prior to the big event, I had a walk around with my camera...

Kallepia Caving

We've visited a few shrine caves on our travels through Cyprus. Most of them are fairly shallow though, and don't require a torch to explore. The Agios Konstantinos and St. Helen chapel is different. If you enter the cave there, you better come equipped with illumination...

Abandoned Villages - Trozena

If you've driven over the iron bridge which lies just beyond the abandoned village of Gerovasa, near the outskirts of Paphos Forest, then you will also have driven past the abandoned village of Trozena. Unless you are very observant, you won't have noticed it though, as it is barely visible from the road. It is worth taking a detour to explore the ruins, as these photos will hopefully show...

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