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Paphos Murals

If you take a wander around the streets of Paphos, both old and new, you will occasionally stumble upon some random art installations.The patchwork tree is one such example, but there are other exhibits too numerous to mention here. Today, we are going to have a look at a subset of these works, and examine some of the murals you will find. Most of them are situated in a small area to the west of Kennedy Square. However, there are a few others scattered around, so it pays to explore...

Exceptional crystals from Konia area (Paphos)

Today we have a special treat. One of our forum regulars is a bit of an expert on the local crystals you can find in the hills around Paphos. He has kindly agreed to share some of his photos. Over to you Max...

Happy Easter

We were out doing our Annual Easter Egg Hunt this morning. It took us down through the Esouza Valley, and finally to the sea. I won't be doing a blog article on the final part of this journey, as it isn't in the same league as the two sections I have previously blogged about. However, we did stumble across this shrine. At first glance, I took it as a typical shrine you see fairly frequently in Cyprus. However, a second glance revealed it to be rather unusual.

The Gateways To Paphos Revisited

A while ago we published a blog showcasing the Ten Gateways To Paphos which were under construction at the time. Well, they have all been finished for some time now, so we thought we should take another look at them, to see what they look like when properly illuminated.

The Crystal Hills of Polemi

We were introduced to the Crystal Hills a few years back. It was the first time we visited Polemi and we were on the hunt for geocaches. This particularly one was a near perfect example of what makes a good cache: an interesting location that we would have been unlikely to find had there not been a cache there. The only thing that let the cache down was it's size, but we won't go into that here. Instead we shall have a look at the terrain, and see why the cache was called "The Crystal Hill".

Easter is Coming!

Over the past few days, we have noticed several Easter decorations springing up on roundabouts and verges. So we thought it would be a nice idea to record some of them for posterity...

The Polemi Tulip Festival

Last weekend, the tulip festival came to Polemi, and we were there with our camera to capture a snatch of Cypriot Life.

Abandoned Villages - Foinikas

Foinikas has a special place in our family's hearts. It was the first abandoned village we explored in Cyprus, some ten years ago. We have returned to it each time we visited Cyprus, and consquently have more pictures than we could ever possibly want of the village and surrounding area. We posted some of them on our blog about the Asprokremmos Reservoir. We wanted some up-to-date photos for the Abandoned Village blog series. So last saturday we revisited Foinikas, and couldn't believe what we found when we got there...

The Far Side of the Akamas

Last October when I had the weekend to myself, I resolved to do a geocache that had eluded me up until now, due to it's remoteness. Given that people were interested in the Akamas Church blog I posted a while back, I thought I would turn the photos I took into another blog...

Abandoned Villages - Evretou

Evretou is just off the B7 near Polis. It lies on the banks of the Evretou Reservoir, and is another sad testament to the troubles of 1974.

Dust

Dust has been in the news recently. Dust warnings were all over the media last week, only to be scotched a day or two later by official sources. It turns out that the source of the original alert was one website. So, did they get it wrong or do the official sources need to change their seaweed?

From Ezousa Valley To The Sea (almost)

The river Ezousa has carved a beautiful valley out of the lowlands to the east of Paphos. We return to Episkopi to see if it is possible to follow it to the sea in our trusty 4x4.

Vretsia Tavern

We recently did a blog on the abandoned village Vretsia. Until recently, a tavern still operated there. Unfortunately, last summer it appears to have burnt down. It is now a very eerie place to visit...

Ancient Lemba

Yesterday a news headline caught my eye: "An ancient Chalcolithic settlement site in Lemba in Paphos urgently requires maintenance, according to the local community leader". We had visited this site before, so I thought I should revisit it to see just how urgent the maintenance was...

Abandoned Villages - Vretsia

Cyprus has more than it's fair share of abandoned villages. The troubles caused the displacement of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.The environment itself has caused other villages to be abandoned for reasons of safety. Whatever the reason, the abandonment caused emotional pain and suffering to the affected people. So is it right to right a series of blog articles on them? I thought about this for a while, but decided that yes it was. Cyprus is a land built on antiquities, and these villages are just the latest example. I had no problem blogging about a Necropolis after all. However, some of these villages, and especially Ventris, do still get visits from the displaced families. So if you do decide to visit these places on the strength of these articles, please bear that in mind, and treat them with respect. The urban exploring motto "take only pictures, leave only footprints..." nicely sums it up.

Spring is in The Air!

Yesterday we took a walk out across the Akamas, above Avakas Gorge (which deserves a blog article of its own). Spring was definitely in the air, and the flowers were blooming. We took a few shots to share.

From Episkopi To Kallepia

As part of Pafos 2017, there is a tour of Episkopi Village and the surrounding countryside planned for this saturday 18th February.

St George's Church and Shrine Caves

Near our shop on the Paphos / Geroskipou border, is a little track that runs below a cliff through some farmland. A sign indicates that there is a church down there, so one day I thought I would investigate. Sure enough, there was a little church, but there was so much more besides...

Carnival is Coming!

Clowns have appeared in Paphos, in preparation to the forthcoming carnival. Here are a few photos. As it is a small blog, I have also added a couple of pictures which extend previous blogs.

The Abandoned Rancho Appaloosa

I feel like apologising for the size of this blog, as it contains over 70 photos. However, this is a lovely place if you like urban exploring, and I felt that if I cut down the picture count I couldn't do it justice. I appreciate that it might not be for everybody though, so the first page contains spoiler photos of what to expect. If you find them interesting, then continue to the main blog!

Kennedy Square - Looking Good

Yesterday I popped down to the Old Town to see how it looked after the opening ceremony. I had noticed in the pictures from our guest blogger that Kennedy Square had had some new additions, and I wanted to see if they were a new permanent fixture. I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

Paphos 2017 Opening Ceremony

We are very pleased to have some photographs from a guest blogger to show you of the Paphos 2017 Opening Ceremony. Shane was at the event with his camera, and these are a selection of the pictures he took.

Polemi Snow!

I know Polemi has had snow many times before, but this is the first time we've had proper snow since we moved here in June. So naturally I had to take some pictures...

A Last Look At The Old Old Paphos

Old Paphos is undergoing a transformation. Not only that, but in a few days time, Paphos 2017 will officially get underway. So we thought we would take a last stroll and a few snaps of the area before the transformation is complete.

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Paphos Murals

If you take a wander around the streets of Paphos, both old and new, you will occasionally stumble upon some random art installations.The patchwork tree is one such example, but there are other exhibits too numerous to mention here. Today, we are going to have a look at a subset of these works, and examine some of the murals you will find. Most of them are situated in a small area to the west of Kennedy Square. However, there are a few others scattered around, so it pays to explore...

Exceptional crystals from Konia area (Paphos)

Today we have a special treat. One of our forum regulars is a bit of an expert on the local crystals you can find in the hills around Paphos. He has kindly agreed to share some of his photos. Over to you Max...

Happy Easter

We were out doing our Annual Easter Egg Hunt this morning. It took us down through the Esouza Valley, and finally to the sea. I won't be doing a blog article on the final part of this journey, as it isn't in the same league as the two sections I have previously blogged about. However, we did stumble across this shrine. At first glance, I took it as a typical shrine you see fairly frequently in Cyprus. However, a second glance revealed it to be rather unusual.

The Gateways To Paphos Revisited

A while ago we published a blog showcasing the Ten Gateways To Paphos which were under construction at the time. Well, they have all been finished for some time now, so we thought we should take another look at them, to see what they look like when properly illuminated.

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Wine sinking an ageing experiment for Pafos 2017

Back in 2015... TWO HUNDRED and eighty bottles of Cypriot red wine were immersed in the sea at an artificial reef off Geroskipou in Paphos at the weekend, as part of a cultural programme linked to Paphos’ year as a European city of culture in 2017.

Sunken Yeroskipou wine being retrieved

As part of Paphos’ role as a European Cultural Capital, 280 bottles of wine – purposefully sunk at Yeroksipou’s artificial reef in 2014 – will be retrieved over the coming days.

Paphos2017 events disrupted by delays to completion of venue

DELAYS to restoration works on a historic building due be used as one of the main venues for Pafos2017 events have caused some to be postponed or relocated.

Strong winds accompany drop in temperature

Strong to very strong west to north-westerly winds are accompanying a sharp drop in temperatures around Cyprus on Sunday.

Any remaining light dust in the atmosphere is expected to be gone before the afternoon.