Agia Napa: Cape Greco and Green Bay. Cyprus / September 2017

Agia Napa

Agia Napa has the best beches in Cyprus and the best nightlife in the eastern Mediterranean – so it’s no surprise that this lively but laid-back resort has become a hedonistic legend in its own time, with a raucous and some-what infamous youthful clientele.

Cape Greco

This headland in the south-eastern tip of Cyprus. The view is a little spoilt by radio masts but the clear water offers some of the best snorkelling in the area.

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Larnaca: Castle and St Lazarus Church, Cyprus/ September 2017

Larnaca is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. It is the third largest city in the country, after Nicosia and Limassol. Larnaca is known for the Church of Saint Lazarus and its medieval fort. There is also he Hala Sultan Tekke which we did not go to and the Kamares Aqueduct that we passed. The day was full of attractions as we were heading to Agia Napa and Nicosia the same day !

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Landing plane. There is another airport in Larnaca

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Seafront

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Pafos: Tombs of the Kings, Cyprus / September 2017

Spread over a vast area, these impressive underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. They are carved out of solid rock while some are decorated with Doric pillars. High officials rather than Kings were buried here, but the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its name.

Source: http://www.visitpafos.org.cy/Tombs_of_the_Kings.aspx

Admission:  €2.50

It is worth to visit the tombs, not only for the magnificent work of underground tombs but also for beautiful landscapes where antiquity meets modernity. Lovely views on the sea and rock formations. Definitely worth to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site !

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Kato Pafos Archeological Site, Cyprus / September 2017

Cyprus around 20th September ? Yes, Pafos was our destination. Minimum 28 degrees, hot air, warm sea and lovely apartment. This is what we wanted after the wedding 🙂

However, how many days you can spend just lying on the beach ? We went sightseeing Pafos:

Kato Pafos Archeological Site is the most accessible, exciting and inspiring archeological site on the island. The ruins were first unearthed in 1962 ! Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the remains discovered here span more than 2,000 years !

Top 10 sights:

House of Aion; Villa of Theseus; House of Orpheus; House of Dionysus; Roman Odeon; Asklipion; Roman Walls; Agora; Salanda Kolones; Hellenistic Theatre

Admission: €4.50

Worth to visit ?: Yes, definitely 🙂

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Lavish mosaics

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Bristol and Fiesta Balloon Festival / August 2017

We visited Bristol mainly because of the annual event – Fiesta Hot Air Balloon Festival, apparently the biggest in Europe.

We were waiting with anticipation for balloons uplift at 6pm, but they did not ascend ! Disappointment !?! Yes, the evening was lovely, weak wind, sun, a bit chilly for summer evening, but still great weather to start. Organizer spread the word on Social Media about no delayed uplift for the evening. So, we spent 3 hours in few thousands crowd of people to watch balloons. None came up ! I mean, only one yellow one 😛

However, the evening glow at 9pm-9.30pm that was magical ! All balloons glowed together with music rhythm. Great experience though ! Unforgettable 🙂

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Hartlepool, County Durham / March 2015

We visited Hartlepool after Whitby to have a sleep and go to the Maritime Museum on the next day. It is an ordinary port city, however it was a main target of German attacks during WWI.

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Monkey’s and Hartlepool ? Yes, the legend comes from Napoleonic Wars:

Hartlepool is famous for allegedly executing a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars. According to legend, fishermen from Hartlepool watched a French warship founder off the coast, and the only survivor was a monkey, which was dressed in French military uniform, presumably to amuse the officers on the ship. The fishermen assumed that this must be what Frenchmen looked like and, after a brief trial, summarily executed the monkey.

Historians have pointed to the prior existence of a Scottish folk song called “And the Boddamers hung the Monkey-O”. It describes how a monkey survived a shipwreck off the village of Boddam near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Because the villagers could only claim salvage rights if there were no survivors from the wreck, they allegedly hanged the monkey. There is also an English folk song detailing the later event called, appropriately enough, “The Hartlepool Monkey”. In the English version the monkey is hanged as a French spy.

“Monkey hanger” and Chimp Choker are common terms of (semi-friendly) abuse aimed at “Poolies”, often from bitter footballing rivals Darlington. The mascot of Hartlepool United F.C. is H’Angus the monkey. The man in the monkey costume, Stuart Drummond, stood for the post of mayor in 2002 as H’angus the monkey, and campaigned on a platform which included free bananas for schoolchildren. To widespread surprise, he won, becoming the first directly-elected mayor of Hartlepool, winning 7,400 votes with a 52% share of the vote and a turnout of 30%. He was re-elected by a landslide in 2005, winning 16,912 on a turnout of 51% – 10,000 votes more than his nearest rival, the Labour Party candidate.

The monkey legend is also linked with two of the town’s sports clubs, Hartlepool Rovers RFC, which uses the hanging monkey as the club logo. On tours it would hang a monkey on the posts of the rugby pitch to spread the story. Hartlepool (Old Boys) RFC use a hanging monkey kicking a rugby ball as their tie crest.

Source: Wikipedia

Let’s go back to the Hartlepool Maritime Museum we have visited and enjoyed 🙂

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Hartlepool Maritime Museum

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HMS Trincomalee

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Whitby / March 2015

Throwback to 2015 and great trip to Whitby 🙂

Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.

Source: Wiki

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Prague, Czech Republic / June 2017

I have been to Prague four or five times in my life so far, but every experience with this city is different. Prague is always great, every time I seem to explore more and deeper.

This time is was special occasion – my hen do ! with a couple of friends.

We went to the city centre at night, clubbed until dawn….

Later on (after few hours of sleep) we went to the city centre again to admire it in a daylight. My MUST SEE attractions this time were:

  • to climb an Old Clock Tower and have a view on Old city from above
  • to visit Golden Lane

Unfortunately, the tower was being renovated and we just had selfie with an Astronomical Clock.

At the end of the day, we reached the Castle and Golden Lane. Weather was lovely that day: clear sky and over 30 degrees !

All pics taken with Sony a58 and Sony 16-50 f2.8 plus polarizer

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