Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sunshine and Vultures

The Gorgeous weather continues in Cyprus at the end of February, this afternoon we took a walk out to the edge of the village towards the sea, we noticed four large Griffin Vultures making lazy circles in the Sky....a beautiful sight.










Photographs taken by Mark Lipscombe

Friday, February 19, 2016

Yet Another Birthday rolls around

So another Birthday comes around for Rob and one little boy sent him a special birthday message, meanwhile, Mandy presented Rob with a very special painting that now has pride of place in our living room.

       










In the evening we popped out for a couple of drinks and ended up at the 1911 club watching Steve Welsh doing his act.
                                 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Days 15 & 16 Returning Home

We left Bridgetown on a lovely Summer's evening and took the 7 hour flight to Gatwick, London, the first thing we noticed as we arrived at 6.30 am was that the  temperature was only just above freezing which was a bit of a shock to the system. Clive soon picked up and Carmel made us a lovely cooked breakfast at the Cumberland guest house before retiring for some much needed sleep.

The next day we hopped on a train at Horley train station and made our way to the town of Guilford which is about 40 minutes away. We explored the streets of the town and then made our way up to the impressive cathedral.














On the Wednesday morning we had a very early flight out of London back to Cyprus, we were pleasently surprised to find a temp of 24 degrees and sunshine awaiting us back in Paphos.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Day 14 - Barbados

So we come to our final day in Barbados, We have had a truly memorable trip, saw some glorious places and met some lovely people.  Now for the long trip home, but not before one last visit to the beach and a swim in that wonderful Caribbean sea. 

 Last night we had a very nice meal in the Azul restaurant as the waves crashed into the sea wall behind us.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Day 13 - Oistens Fish fry

We made our way back over to Oistens to see the famous "fish fry", there are lots of small huts preparing and cooking the days catch. The place is packed with both visitors and locals and large stage area for music and dancing.






















Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 12 - Barbados - Catamaran trip











We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning and joined the "Cool Runnings" Catamaran which left from Bridgetown harbour, we sailed to Carlisle Bay and snorkelled on two wrecks that were abundent with fish And crystal clear water. We then sailed over to another spot where we were lucky to swim and snorkel with turtles.



 These wonderful animals looked an moved with such grace that it was a pleasure to watch them. We then set sail up the Western coast of the island and anchored off in a secluded bay where a truly superb lunch was served. 



Then as we sailed for home the party atmosphere kicked in with the help of a few rum punches. We both agreed that the Cat's staff were superb in looking after their guests and being so informative on the cruise. 




In the evening we watched a duo called "Two guitars" who entertained the hotel's guests with some great tunes.

Day 11 - Oistens, Barbados

It poured down with rain in the morning so we hopped on a Reggie bus a took a trip to the village of Oistens, which was just a couple of miles down the road. Oistins is the main fishing village on the Island.












 We walked around the impressive fish market and had a laugh with the locals, took a stroll on the pier and saw a couple of turtles coming up for air.










We strolled over to the local beach and watched a amazing 4 year old boy learn to surf. 








We returned to the Sea Breeze and Robbie was given a lesson on how to use a boogie board, the lad's a natural.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Day 10 - Bridgetown , Barbados










We jumped on the "Reggie" bus into Bridgetown, we loved walking around this colourful town with so many smiling faces. The local markets were a joy to stroll around with such friendly people.

 










We stopped off at the marina for a bite to eat and watched the deep sea fishing boats come, the crew gutted the day's catch and we saw turtles surfacing.

   

Day 9 Barbados

On a hot morning we spent our time around the pool before we were hit by a tropical downpour of rain, so we took shelter and enjoyed the hotel's tea and scones hour.

 Once the rains passed we watched two of our fellow guests get married on the beach. 









In the evening we went to the hotel managers cocktail party and met Ian and Rosemary from London.



Day 8 - Barbados

We arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados at 7.00 am and cleared immigration and customs, we then made our way to The sea Breeze Hotel on the South coast of Barbados. We were soon in the beautiful Caribbean sea.


 









The beach adjacent to the hotel is quality, with lovely white sand, the sea can kick up on this side of the island but that's just an excuse to ride the "Boogie Boards"


In the evening we had dinner in the Mermaid restaurant and the listened to a local trio in the hotel's lounge.