2018 In Pictures

Published 31st of December, 2018

Paphos Caving

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This blog in February was a surprise hit, and was one of our most popular. We investigated a cave behind a church near Paphos Town Centre. Rumour has it that at the end of the cave is an old abandoned chapel. The narrowness of the tunnel and the depth of the water prevented me from exploring that far, but I managed to get some nice pictures...

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Paphos Carnival

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This is always a great spectacle, and what seems like the whole of Paphos appears to wave on the floats. This year it was delayed a day because of predicted bad weather. The predictions were bang on, and what would have been a washout turned into a triumph. Our blog captured Paphos at its best.

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Green Monday

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Green Monday is a public holiday in Cyprus. Traditionally kites are flown in the countryside. We did our bit to uphold that tradition, and even managed to fly the kite from our car. We had a lot of fun on this trip, and can't wait until next February!

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Abandoned Villages: Maronas

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In March we spent a lot of time in the Diarizos Valley. There are several abandoned settlements, as well as fascinating points of interest and villages to explore. As you can see from this image, the scenery is breathtaking. In this blog we visited Maronas, but in other blogs we went to Souskiou, Prastio and Trozena.

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Cyprus Orchids

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In Spring, Cyprus comes a-bloom with an abundance of wildflowers. If you are lucky you will find some orchids growing in a hedgerow or an unploughed field. They may not be as spectacular as some of the orchids you can find around the world, but they have their own charm. The one in the photo is called a Naked Man Orchid. No further comment is necessary.

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