Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 5 - A Sunny day in Lapta and Lunch in Ampeli

This morning we woke to find the sun shinning and a light breeze, after an excellent breakfast we relaxed on the Almond's new terrace that overlooks the pool and the spectacular mountain range.

All too soon it was time to say Goodbye to our friends and make our way back to Southern Cyprus after enjoying a lovely short break.

We drove back to Pissouri and had lunch in The Ampeli restaurant whch was advertising a new Sunday buffet. The Ampeli  has superb views along the Valley with The Troodos in the background.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 4 - A close shave and Sheena's birthday .

The day started with thunderstorms and heavy rain, but by the time we made the short drive into Kyrenia town the clouds had parted and the sun shone.
While the ladies did some shopping, Bryan and Rob visited a barber's shop for a haircut, shave and wax.

In the evening, as the sound of thunder echoed around the mountains,  ten of Sheena's friends gathered at The Almond tree hotel to help celebrate her birthday complete with a custom made 'Pantie' cake and some live guitar music.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 3 - The Harbour and The Almond

Today we were due to get thunderstorms in the Kyrenia area, this was disappointing News to hear because we were booked for a day's sailing on the 'Vela' and with the weather reports, the Captain decided to cancel the sailing.

We decided to still go down to the harbour, it was a lovely morning but we could see the 'Witecaps' breaking out at sea from the breakwater.

We then made our way over to our next Hotel , The Almond village, which lies in the Lapta area, with its friendly service, comfortable rooms, beautiful pool area and stunning grounds this is probably the finest Hotel that we have stayed in, in Cyprus.

At the rear of the Hotel is a vegetable garden, a chicken coop and a pen with 3 Ostriches.

In the afternoon we were joined by our friends from Pissouri, Sheena and Bryan and we enjoyed a lovely meal at the poolside restaurant.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RateSwitch and a visit to Local Villages -Day 2

A family story to make us proud, its regarding Rob's cousin , Lee.

Today a UK National newspaper printed a report on Our Lee's morgage company, Rateswitch

Day 2 in Kyrenia.......

We woke up to overcast skies so we jumped in the car and drove Eastwards on the coast road. We soon came upon a 3 car accident, thankfully there was no one seriously injured.

Our first stop was the village of Tatlisu, this small, picturesque village that lies in the shadow of the Pentadaktylos mountains. The streets of this village were almost deserted except for several cats standing guard at the local Mosque

Our next stop was the village of Esentepe, here we found a much livelier village square and after a quick coffee we strolled around the streets stopping off to see the bird aviary in the local square.

A short break in the North -Day 1

We took time out to take a short break in the North of Cyprus,we drove from Pissouri and crossed the border in Nicosia and drove on to Kyrenia, the total driving time  time was 2 hours 20 minutes.

We checked into The Olive Tree Hotel, we had a spot of Lunch and spent the afternoon relaxing by the pool.

In the Evening we went down to the village Çatalköy and  after a stroll around the narrow streets we happened upon the Seangle bar which had superb views across the sea to mainland Turkey.

We then to returned to The Olive Tree for a very agreeable meal overlooking the pool area

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Two Friends and the Piano men

We popped down to Pissouri square and met up with Jan and Alun, we had a quick drink in the Pissouri square bar and then strolled around to The two friends taverna and enjoyed a lovely dinner.

We then moved onto the Platea taverna to watch a tribute act of Billy Joel and Eton John. We finished off an very enjoyable evening with a nightcap at the Iron Horse.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A decorated Welsh Castle, a New Camera and a Heatwave due.

This week we saw some photo's from our home town of Cardiff, South Wales, as it prepares for this years European Champions League final at the Millenium Stadium. The City's Castle was decorated with pennants and a Huge dragon.

This weekend we bought a new camera,  the model we went for was the Sony Cybershot DSC- HX90, we think that the previous camera got a bit too wet at Victoria Falls.

The Weather has changed this weekend with something of a heatwave hitting Cyprus, we are expecting the mercury to rise to 36 degrees on Sunday.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bra Chain Twilight walk and Domonic Holmes down at the Grape and Grain

On Saturday we drove over to Paphos waterfront to join the "Twilight bra chain" walk. On a gorgeous evening a good turnout walked the 5 km to raise funds for the Paphos Hospice.
On the way  home we stopped off at the village of Mandria for a well earned dinner of Fish and Chips.

The Weekend started with a Friday evening visit to The Pissouri Bay bar for a couple of sun-downers, this was followed by a superb curry at The Saffron resaturant. We then popped over to the Grape and Grain to listen to the very talented Domonic Holmes.