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Dori’s Restaurant in Paphos – Healthy, Hearty and a Delicious Alternative

By: Patricia Winter   - Which one of the following would you prefer 1) a “grab and go” high fat/high sugar meal from one of the many fast food places around or 2) a delicious, healthy and freshly prepared meal? I believe that I can guess which one most of us would choose – the second. A few weeks ago we discovered Dori’s, a Lebanese takeaway that had recently opened in Paphos and...

Cyprus Carnival February 2010 – It’s Almost Time!

Carnival time in Cyprus is nearly here!  From the 1st until the 4th of February the Town Crier will be announcing the Carnival’s arrival all around Limassol. Carnival was celebrated in ancient Greece and organized in honor of the god Dionysos. Ancient Greeks got dressed in various costumes, wore masks, played games and had feasts that lasted for days. The custom and tradition is still going strong...

Peyia (Pegeia) Paphos – “A Concrete Jungle?

“Concrete Jungle” is a description of Peyia that I have heard on a number of occasions from many expats.  I do not agree with them at all. As a matter of fact, I think the need for growth is tremendous.  At first, I thought the reference was funny and it brought back memories from 1985 when I worked in the “Cabrini Greens” housing projects in the Near North Side of Chicago, only 100 meters...

Happy Holidays from Cyprus

As the year comes to an end, everyone looks back and reflects on how they did either financially or personally, what they did and what they will do differently in the coming year. Some just look forward to a new year and a fresh start - no looking back. As for me, I look back and reflect and I wouldn't change a thing. I had a good year in my business and personal life and look forward to more prosperous...

Christmas & New Years in Cyprus

Even though Christmas is just a few weeks away temperatures are unseasonably warm (in the '30s) making it hardly feel like Christmas despite the festivities that are beginning to take place. Paphos town, for the first time, has a Christmas wonderland and even an ice skating rink set up by the town hall.  Christmas fairs are being held and everyone is getting extra busy. As Christmas day approaches...

Living in Cyprus: Surprises and Discoveries

This is an article I wrote soon after moving to Paphos, Cyprus in June 2006. I thought it would be good to share it again here:As the summer holidaymakers start heading home, Paphos turns from a bustling Mediterranean destination back into a sleepy small town or as some say, a village. I have concluded my second consecutive summer here and anticipating the beauty of the coming autumn and winter seasons, I...

Summer Safety: Heat and Beaches in Cyprus

Summer is the time for laid back fun: relaxing on the beach, swimming and playing. In Cyprus, we spend much more time outside than other countries due to the long and hot summers. With the recent and very sad death of an 11-month-old boy at a beach in Kissonerga, I would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone how to keep you and your family safe at the beach and in the heat. Beaches and the...

Summer Safety in Cyprus – Getting Ready for the Heat and Beach

As the days are now getting hotter and hotter (even this early in May) I thought it was a good time to remind everyone about using common sense when you are out and about in the heat.  Summer is the time for fun in the sun but, using caution while swimming, sunbathing or even just doing errands around Cyprus this summer will avoid any potential hazards of the heat. Here is a blog post I wrote...

Cyprus in August

Cyprus in August

This has been one of the most hectic summers of my life! Summer is supposed to be a time when life goes slower in Cyprus and especially in August. Last two years August was a very laid back time of year, even though there are many tourists and would-be residents who are looking at Paphos as a retirement or second home destination. In the month of August, people tend to concentrate on the more important...

Leopards from Limassol Zoo Finally Released!

Leopards from Limassol Zoo Finally Released! An article in The Daily Mail on June 13th (by Paula Kerr) tells the tale of the 3 leopards that we all know so well at the Limassol Zoo. Last week, after spending 15 years in captivity, the 3 leopards were released into a South African Sanctuary run by Born Free actress, Virginia McKenna. The actress, 77, fought back tears as mother leopard Leda and her...

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