Sea and Sky

Today was all about sea and sky. The morning was so beautiful that we went out for an early morning walk to photograph the old shipwreck just off the coast near our apartment. Later we drove up the  coast to Agios Georgios, a well-known pilgrimage site on the western cape of Cyprus. The icons in…

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Beauty, Born and Celebrated

Aphrodite rose up from the sea amongst the rocks just off the  coast of Cyprus. Under blue skies and banks of clouds,  we sought out the goddess and the places where she was honoured and revered. This veneration has been going on for millennia; this stone represented Aphrodite in the ancient Greek temple and is…

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Traveling the Backroads

Today was as grey as yesterday was sunny. We decided to drive up into the Troodos mountains to search out some frescoes in old churches. It was a delicious treat just being together, cosy, warm, and dry in the comfort of our car as we drove through the misty hills. Marvelling at the terraced vineyards…

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Walking Back in Time

Our walk today took us back through layers of time. We spent hours exploring the Kato Pafos Archaeological Park where art, history, and culture weave across centuries and give us clues to the people who left their footprints on the island. The weather was quite spectacular, so the sea sparkled as it reflected the cloudless…

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Arrival in Cyprus

Many miles traveled today, but not many steps walked.  We flew from England to Cyprus, completing a journey that was interrupted by war some 42 years ago when I was a student travelling in the Middle East. It was worth the wait. We will explore Paphos tomorrow, but this afternoon it was enough to enjoy…

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Appreciating Life

Another sunny spring day here in Thundersley. Through my walking and blogging, I am realizing how many wonderful walks there are right here at home. I am, to be honest, spoiled for choice. We walked down through Coombe Wood this afternoon, coming out on Rhoda Road, then made our way over to the bottom of…

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Old Trees, New Spring

The morning was so beautiful that we were lured out for an early morning walk in West Wood, where old trees reach to the sky, creating a sense of timelessness. I love this time of year when you can still see the bare bones of the leafless trees, but can also feel the hidden tremble…

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Softly Spring

Spring seemed so soft and happy today, inspiring and inviting a sense of gentle joy. We walked through Leigh-on-Sea, lunching on healthy salads at Barlow & Fields,  then wandering through other local shops. It felt so nice to be out without scarves and gloves, warm enough in the sunshine but still feeling chilly in the…

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Art-Full Pilgrimage

A new adventure begins…  A dear friend flew in from California this afternoon, so after picking her up from Heathrow we headed for tea and a walk in the small village of Compton in nearby Surrey.  Compton is home to the Watts Chapel, a unique and marvelous cemetery chapel decorated inside and out with all…

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Greeting Spring

Even the cars are blinking and batting their eyelashes in our lovely early spring sunshine. It’s cold outside, but oh-so-pretty!

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