Friday, April 17, 2015

5.5 Earthquake

We were sitting outside the house this morning enjoying a mid morning coffee when the whole ground started to shake as we felt a 5.5 earthquake.



Shops in Paphos suffered damage to stock but thankfully no injuries were reported.



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easter

The Easter festivities once again arrive in Pissouri but this year the weather has not been so kind with still no real sign of Spring arriving.
To celebrate Jill's birthday we went for a meal at The Bunch of Grapes restaurant. We all agreed that the Bunch of grapes is one of the best restaurants in the area.




On the way home we stopped off at St Andrews church to see the locals at the Midnight service, where a large crowd gathered to celebrate Easter.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Spring BBQ

Spring seems to have finally arrived in Cyprus and we made our way down to the 1911 club for their Spring BBQ. Some lovely food, music by DJ Tracy and lots of laughs made for a great afternoon.






Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pete's 70th Birthday at The Hideaway- Pissouri

We were invited to Pete's 70th birthday celebrations at the Hideaway taverna in Pissouri square with his family and friends. We were served a lovely meze meal and entertained with some live music from Ben Mills.














Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The City of Rome

The following day we made our way down to the iconic site of the Colosseum where we joined a guided tour around this wonderful piece of Roman history. 


 







We then took a bus tour around the City,our first stop was the Vatican with its hugely impressive St Peter's square, the line to go inside the Vatican was several hundred meters long, so we gave that a miss. 








Next stop was the Basilica of Santa Maria, this 16th century church has a small entrance that belies the cavernous interior with its grand decoration and numerous statues.












We then wandered around Repubblica and the main shopping street of Nazionale where the Rome marathon was just finishing.




Game day - Italy v Wales










We made our was to the Stadio Olimpico for the six nation rugby game between Italy and Wales, just outside the stadium the was the "Peroni tented village" where there was a terrific pre match atmosphere with live bands, performing acts and a huge variety of costumes worn by both sets of fans.




















We then made our way up to our seats in the stadium and watched a highly entertaining game in which Wales ran out winners by 61 points to 20

 















We then made our way back into the City to watch the England v France game in the Druids rock pub.

Flying into Rome

Well, we finally did fly out of Paphos after a 4 hour delay and made the 2 hour 50 minute flight into Rome. Our base for our visit was the Giglio del Opera hotel which is situated near the central terminal. 


 










 After checking in to the hotel we made our way to Ristorante da Alessio for a much need drink and a bite to eat, although we were several hours late for our reservation the staff were very welcoming in what was a very busy restaurant.



Friday, March 20, 2015

Will we make it out ?

There are  nine of us due to fly out to Rome (Italy) this morning for the Six nations rugby match between Italy and Wales but we have learned that the Italian Air Traffic controllers are going on strike today at Noon. At the time of writing we think our flight is still scheduled but we have fingers crossed and we travel in hope.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St Patricks Day

St Patricks day was spent at the O'Vraka restaurant in the Village square where Harris put on a superb bbq and we sunk a couple of pints Guiness.