Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cardiff's Cup final

The big day has arrived, our local team, Cardiff City is playing in the FA Cup final against Portsmouth, being played at Wembley Stadium in London.

Our Cup Final day

Lee and I jumped on a bus into Cardiff , stopped off for a full brekkie and then headed towards Cardiff Bay to meet up with the rest of the gang. We bumped into a hord of young girls who were dressed in St. Trinians schoolgirl outfits on a Hen day out, the noise they made on the bus had to be heard to believed.

We made it down to the Packet pub and settled in to watch the game, the Cardiff team played well, held their own against Pompey and at times outplayed them, but it was not to be our day and went down to a 0-1 defeat.

Still, we managed to drown our sorrow with a few more pints of Brains beer and a good craic with the rest of the City Fans. We finished off our day with visit to a Mexican restaurant for some well needed Spicey food.

.Well done Bluebirds, it was well worth the trip home from Cyprus.

Pre match dinner

On the Friday night we were invited to a family dinner at Lisa's boyfriend's house in the St. Mellons district of Cardiff. Clare cooked up a fab curry along with her special pork rolls.

After the meal, Amber decided silly wigs and glasses were the Order of the day !

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A visit to Cardiff

I took the four hour flight from Cyprus to my hometown of Cardiff (UK) for a flying visit, I was suprised to be met at the airport by Pat in a car that had a custom paint job, done especially for this weekends FA Cup final.

I went into the town centre and was amazed at all the building work taking place in my hometown. A huge new shopping centre is being constructed in the heart of the City.

My cousin, Lee, took me down to see the construction site of Cardiff City's new football stadium, which is being built opposite the old Ninian Park ground.

Construction site of New stadium.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Yeroskipou Catacombs

We drove to the village of Yeriskipou which lies on the outskirts of Paphos and visited the local catacombs, the small caves formed into the Cliffside are used as a place of worship and bedecked with religious icons.

We then took the short walk to Severn St.Georges tavern for a superb meze lunch. Our host, George, went into detail on how he uses only fresh, local produce and makes his own organic wine.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Blues show

The Hillview was the venue for a dinner and live blues show performed by Andre and Stammy. The band covered classics from Clapton to Dire straits.

Easter in Cyprus

The village celebrated the Easter holidays with Traditional dancing, games and a firework display in the square.

The annual football tournament was held on the local pitch and this year our local bar, Pissouriana, entered a team. Our brave lads made it through to the quarter final, where they lost 2-0, due in some part to a few controversial refereeing decisions.