Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A worrying time for the resident of Pissouri

The article below was published in the Cyprus Mail.......

Burglaries in Pissouri said to be targeted at expats.

British expats in Pissouri say they are the target of a widespread burglary campaign as residents have expressed deep concern over the spike in break-ins over the past few months.
Pissouri is known for being home to a large number of expats.
“It’s undeniable there is a big problem in the village,” a British expat living in Pissouri told Cyprus Mail.
“The village is known for being home to foreigners and this attracts thieves and burglars, it’s inevitable,” he said.
“The fact that only expats are being targeted is undeniable proof of the seriousness of the situation”.
Local residents feel very little has been done by the authorities to prevent or at least curb the issue.
“The police haven’t exactly been helpful or even active,” the resident said.
“I personally know a British couple whose house has been burgled three times in less than a year. And we, the expats, feel the burglaries have even increased since October. We don’t know who else to turn to.”
Limassol CID Ioannis Sotiriades said the police are aware of the gravity of the situation and said he is in constant contact with the Pissouri police station to find measures to stop the ongoing issue.
“The issue, however, is the fact that all the houses that have been burgled belong to British expats. It’s clear they are being targeted.
“The fact that they might not always be in Pissouri, as some often return to the UK, unfortunately makes them easier targets.
“We recognise there is an issue and we are doing our best to solve it as soon as possible. The Pissouri residents need to feel safe at home,” Sotiriades said.
While waiting for a solution, expats are claiming the situation is even worse than the one painted by Sotiriades.
“We just don’t feel safe anymore. We have arrived at a point where the same house has been burgled multiple times, how much more do we have to endure?
Pissouri community leader Lazaros Lazarou admitted “the issue is worrying.”
“Even though these kinds of incidents take place everywhere around Cyprus, house burglaries targeted at our expat community, is a big issue,” he said.
“We urge the people of Pissouri to be extra careful and to share every information they might have with the police.”

Monday, February 10, 2020

Farewell Lunch and Cold weather

The Hillview restaurant was the venue for a farewell lunch for Sheena and Bryan, as always, the food and the service were excellent. We were also joine by Jane, Arthur, Jan and Alun.

A cold snap has hit Cyprus with temperatures  dropping to three above zero at night. That is the coldest we have know it during our time on the Island

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Bryan and Sheena Leaving Cyprus

A Sad week for us due to the fact that our good friends, Bryan and Sheena, have decided to leave Cyprus and return to live in the UK. We have been friends with them since we arrived in Cyprus nearly Fourteen years ago and have shared so many happy times with them. They have been truly wonderful neighbours and friends.

We wish them well in their new Adventure and we know they will share some Wonderful times with their family.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Returning to Cyprus

As the old saying goes, it's nice to go travelling,  but its nice to come home.

After a long a tiring trip home from Gran Canaria we arrived in Cyprus to some pleasant Winter sunshine. 

We did make a brief stopover in Bristol where the weather was cold and foggy.

While we were away the village of Pissouri had a number of water issues due to damaged water pipes outside of the village. Pissouri had been without water for several days and even made the National News.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Day 40 - Final day in The Canaries

We woke up to a cloudy and blustery morning.
The weather improved  later in the morning so went over to Santa Catalina park for a bite to eat before heading back to start packing. 

So that ends of tour of The Canary islands, we have a wonderful time, it has been a busy few weeks but we have seen and done so much.

Tomorrow we start the journey back to Cyprus. 

Day 39 - Las Palmas Rock show

On another beautiful day we caught a local bus for the fifteen ride over to Infecar entertainment centre to watch a Rock festival. There was a very good atmosphere and the event was well organised, with plenty of food and drink  outlets.

The show began at 1.00pm and ran late into the night. There were a number of tribute acts were Dire Straits, they were followed by U2.

Next up were AC/DC and then the was a very impressive tribute to the Band,  Queen. The production of the Queen tribute was of a very high standard.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Day 38 - Back in Las Palmas , Gran Canaria

We arrived back in the port of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria and disembarked around 10.00am  and our accommodation  for our short stay in LP was minutes away.

On a beautiful, sunny afternoon we walked over to Las Canteras beachfront for a salad and a drink.

We then did some grocery shopping in preparation for a well earned night in. 

Day 37 - Puerto del Carmen - Lanzarote

Our final port of call was Arricife on the island of Lanzarote. We hopped onto a bus and made the short journey over to the seaside town of Carmen del Carmen. 

The town really of just one main road with restaurants, souvenir shop and bars, but the seafront promenade is quite pleasant and the backdrop of the mountains is quite striking. 

Back on board we enjoyed our final evening meal and sunset. We then watched part of  the evening entertainment which was a copy of the TV show,  The Voice. A number of passengers belted out some tunes with the help of a live backing band.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Day 36 - Puerto del Rosario - Fuerteventura

We sailed into Puerto del Rosario on the island of Tenerife on a beautiful, early Thursday morning. 

After a quick breakfast we went ashore and wandered down the short boardwalk that allowed us to get some good shots of the Aidanova.

There was not a lot to see in this small port, wanting a quiet day after quite a lot of travelling we decided to return to the ship. 

In the evening we watched yet another superb show by the Aidanova  showtime  team, this time it was called Steampunk Circus.