Gocycle – It’s electric.

The ultimate electric bike which is taking Europe by storm. The Gocycle G3.

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The Gocycle G3 is a state-of-the-art piece of technology in the world of transport and more specifically biking. The simple yet, elegant design allows for the Gocycle to be the most aesthetically beautiful method of transport on the road with the battery, cabling and chain being hidden within the sleek frame.

Reddot’s ‘Product Design 2015′, BikeBiz’ ‘Winner of Product Innovation’ and the British Library naming it in the ‘Fifteen most iconic inventions of this century’s first decade’ are just some of the many accolades the Gocycle has been awarded with, but most importantly the bike provides a green, healthy and fun method of transport for everyone.

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The G3 can travel up to speeds of 40-45km/h with a range of up to 80km and it only weighs a mere 16.3kg making it the most practical form of transport around. The Gocycle packs away perfectly for storage when space is tight making it ideal for boats, motor-homes or city living.

The GocycleConnect app is an easy way to customise your ride with three pre-set modes allowing users to select how much cycling assistance they require, monitor how many calories they have burnt and review their previous trip’s distance. The app can be installed onto any smartphone and allows users to connect the two via Bluetooth.

For more information:

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Or email: sales@enviromotioncy.com

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Friday fact about: Pano Akourdaleia- Herb Garden’s Farmer’s Market

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This week’s Friday Fact is one that helps you support your local community.  There are not that many such markets as the ‘Pano Akourdaleia Herb Garden Farmer’s Market‘ that take place in Cyprus, and so we wanted to tell you all about it.  It’s a real treasure, set in a stunning little traditional village en route to Latchi.  This Farmer’s Market gives you a chance to meet the growers and producers and buy freshly prepared and picked produce directly from source – the motto here is to ‘keep it local, sustainable, natural & real’.  And they do just that:

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I visited the market a couple of months back and had a wonderful experience – the atmosphere in the pretty gardens was very peaceful, laid back and cheery, full of well intended and talented folks. Both myself and my husband scurried from stall to stall to sample and buy the gorgeous products that were on offer – we had been a little sceptical before we arrived, but left with a good couple of bags of local produce!  There was a great variety of local and homemade products including homemade pomegranate juices, freshly baked loaves of bread, fair trade sandals, cakes and my husband’s favourite – a sweet South African man selling a range of his homemade chilli products. A recommendation from me is to try the chilli meat balls- they’re to die for – and the chilli wine – it will blow your mind!.

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Come and visit the Herb Garden’s Apothecary- there is a huge selection of herbs on offer

The market is set in the herbal garden which is run by a lovely lady called Caroline Evans ND MH, a Herbalist, Naturopath and Nutrition consultant.  There’s also a kitchen there where you can buy home-made cakes and juices – we had the chili chocolate cake, which is literally the best cake I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a few!) and homemade lemonade which we ate while sat within the really pretty herb garden.

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GOOGLEMAP LINK. Check it out for yourself: here is a schedule of events at the Herb Garden before the end of 2016:  

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Here are some of the other events that are taking place at the Herb Garden:

-HERBAL WALKIES & TALKIES around the garden on Sunday mornings. Call us to arrange but most sundays (apart from Farmers market, Caroline our resident herbalist will be on hand to teach you about the herbs and their uses in the herb garden). Its FREE just tell us that you are coming….99993412

-Come and meet the Herbalist at the Herb Garden COMMUNITY CLINIC on WEDNESDAYS. Available every wednesday between 10am and 4pm, Caroline will be available in the herb room and/or on the phone to discuss your health concerns and advise on possible remedies. Come and have a quick chat with her to ease your concerns.

FORAGING for FOOD & MEDICINE days. A collaboration between our resident herbalist Caroline Evans and her dear friend Elena of Orexi yumscious catering sees the spring greens are not forgotten out in the fields of Droushia and Akourdaleias. For more information on these popular events contact us on 99993412.

-Monthly Learn About Your Body days. The resident herbalist will then take you on an anatomical journey through the system discussed and get you sampling the herbs that benefit that system. Diseases of the system will be discussed including how to help yourselves to heal that system using herbs and food. following the lecture, you will have an informed walk around the herb garden.

– HOW TO DETOX WORKSHOP. On popular demand Caroline is running a practical workshop showing you how to detox correctly and safely. This guided workshop will run through how to perform a successful liver flush and will begin a weeks worth of detoxification for you to continue at home. There is a practical workshop the day after your lesson about your body workshop on the liver and biliary system so both theory and practical can be covered this weekend.  For more information: caroline@heavenonearthherbals.com

-Full Health Consultations– Herbalism/Naturopathy/ & Nutrition health consultation available on Wednesdays/Thursdays, & Saturdays by appointment. Contact 99993412 directly to book.

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Volunteer Garden days– once monthly to give the garden the continual love and work it needs. After a long mornings hard slog in the garden, your body is tired but your mind is clear and we fill your bellies full of some homemade good food to finish off the day beautifully. This is the perfect time of year for gardening too!!!

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Distillation Days– Learn how to make essential oils and flower waters. email or call for details.

-Olive picking day to make our own olive oil from the 1000 year old trees onsite from November onwards.

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Visit: Paphos Old Town

Paphos Old Town is fast becoming a cool place to hang out, where traditional old buildings in secluded back streets are proving popular with their contemporary twist on food and culture – breathing much needed life back into the tourist town. Here are our top spots and highlights:

Ananas8bit Coffee: 26 600 126
Pambos serves the best freshly roasted artisan coffee in Paphos. Quirky-arty interior/alternative background music (often blues and jazz)/go to read a book/ regular events including live music & art house movies.

Highlights: the coffee, homemade syrup, ambience, Pambos himself.           

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Timothy’s Art and Bar: 99 424 417                                                                                           We almost didn’t publish this as it is the best kept secret in Paphos. Underground/unpretentious bar set in a crumbling old house down a back alley/regular alternative live music/ no airs and graces.

Highlights: flaming tequilas, music, roof terrace, attitude.                        

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Temple Bar Café: 96 727 314
Bar and grill, but all about the bar for us. Think Indian man meets rock music. Old house split into various areas/music memorabilia on display/ live music every weekend/laid-back/ go late.

Highlights: garden seating area, layout, floors, music, attitude.                   

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Muse Café Kitchen Bar26 941 951
Very well known in Paphos as one of the hottest spots for a cocktail – fab range of drinks and a tasty menu to boot. Modern layout/stunning views over Paphos town/chill out music/cool contemporary lighting.

Highlights: chicken kebab, espresso martini & smooth waiters.                

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Plato Sushi and more: 26 951 800
THE best sushi in town, and a really cool wine bar at the same time. Brilliant sushi menu, and great lunch and dinner menu. Fantastic atmosphere, bustling location, town- feel, warm lighting, great seating.

Highlights: tempura tiger prawn sushi, wine platters & atmosphere.       

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Koutourou Ouzeri: 26 952 953                                                                                                    Amazing home cooking served in a traditional house. Menu changes every couple of days, ensuring fresh dishes, tapas style. Mouth- watering food/ wonderful décor (eclectic display of antiques).

Highlights: décor, friendliness, ALL the food, the ‘submarine’ desert.

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Limassol Wine Festival 2016: 25th August – 4th September

This year the Wine Festival in Limassol will be held from the 25th of August until the 4th of September at the Limassol Municipal Gardens.

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Opening hours:
7.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: 7.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Ticket price:
Adult (above 18 years old) – €6.00 including bottled wine. One FREE bottle by the wine industry of your choice amongst the following: LOEL, or SODAP.
Teenage (from 13 to 18 years old) – €4.00
Child (up to 12 years old) – €3.00

Plastic Wine bottle: €1.50
Wine glass: €1.50
Wine glass with stem: €2.50

Programme (click image for larger view):

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The Municipality of Limassol offers an enormous parking space located on the eastern side of the Municipal garden Theatre

Free Shuttle from Paphos: Click here to view the ‘Wine Express’ schedule

The CTO are offering free transportation from the main districts over the two weekends of the festival, the ‘Wine Express’ :)  Seats must be pre-booked however and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made two days in advance. For more information on times and pick-up points call 22674264 for Nicosia and Larnaca, for Paphos 26 930 521.

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Cyprus’s wine capital Lemesos lives up to its reputation as a party town with a wine festival that it hosts every year. Held at the Municipal Gardens, just across from the coastal promenade, this event has been a regular fixture since it was first launched in 1961.

The Wine Festival began as a tribute to the island’s long winemaking tradition, growing in size and variety over the years. Inspired by the ancient festivals dedicated to the God of Wine Dionysos and the Goddess of Beauty and Love Aphrodite, it combines fun and merrymaking with ample wine and food and a variety of performances from local and international artistic groups. Addressed to permanent residents as well as foreign guests, the Wine Festival offers an opportunity to sample different local wines from large and small wineries, and traditional Cypriot food. Another popular crowd-puller is a traditional wine press. There is a small entrance fee, but once inside all the wine is free.

The Festival’s trademark is the huge “Vraka Man” that towers over the entrance with the welcoming motto “Drink wine it gives you life”.This year the Wine Festival will be held on 25/08 – 04/09/2015.

During the 11-day festival, wine will be offered free of charge from 20:00 hours until 22:00 hours. Visitors can also watch the traditional pressing of the grapes. Music, dance and theatre performances, take place in the open-air theatre within the Lemesos (Limassol) Municipal Garden. Organised by the Lemesos (Limassol) Municipality.

 

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Friday’s Fact about: Bird Migration in Cyprus

This week’s Friday Fact is about bird migration, as early August saw the start of the Autumn Migration period! During your stay in Cyprus you’ll see some beautiful birds in the sky due to the island being one of the major bird migration routes across the Mediterranean. More info provided by The Birdlife Cyprus Organisation below…

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean covering an area of 9250 km2 and lies on one of the major bird migration routes across the Mediterranean. With Africa to the south, Turkey and central Europe to the north and Syria and the Middle East to the east, Cyprus is a major staging post used twice a year as birds move between Africa, Europe and Eurasia, with over 200 species occuring as regular passage migrants in varying numbers. On the contrary, there are only around 50 resident species, and a further 40 or more species that are migrants which regularly or occasionally breed on the island. The Cyprus list currently stands at 398 species. Cyprus has two endemic species, the Cyprus WheatearOenanthe cypriaca and the Cyprus WarblerSylvia melanothorax.

 

 

In addition there are four endemic subspecies, Cyprus Scops Owl Otus scops cyprius, Coal TitParus ater cypriotes, Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla dorotheae and Cyprus JayGarrulus glandarius glaszneri.

 

 

Sadly in recent years Cyprus has lost some regular breeding species, such as the Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca and the Dipper Cinclus cinclus, whilst the Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles leucopterus has been seen occasionally but with no recent proven breeding records. The Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus and the Raven Corvus corax  are in serious decline.

Spring migration in Cyprus starts early in February with the arrival of the first Hirundines and Wheatears, such as the Isabelline and Northern Wheatear, and with Great Spotted Cuckoo arriving towards the end of the month. Early March sees the first Hoopoe, and by the end of this month the spring migration is under full swing with the arrival of Pallid Harriers, Wryneck, Larks, Pipits, Wagtails, Black-eared Wheatear, Sylvia Warblers (including Ruppell’s and Subalpine), Cretzshmar’s  and Ortolan Buntings. This migration continues into early April with the additional arrival of various Egrets, Herons, Waders, Rollers, Bee-eaters, Olivaceous Warbler, Shrikes, Golden Orioles, and Black-headed Bunting. Towards the end of April passerine migration drops off, but wader migration continues, with the possibility of the odd rarity arriving continuing into May.

 

 

Breeding birds include Griffon Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Eleonora’s Falcon, Long-legged Buzzard, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Roller, Cyprus Wheatear, Cyprus Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler , Masked Shrike and Cretzschmar`s Bunting.

 

Autumn migration starts in early August with the arrival of the Shrikes. Passerines are less obvious in the autumn than they are in spring. At the very end of August/ early September, Demoiselle Cranes stop off at Akrotiri Salt Lake and are occasionally seen flying over other parts of the Island. Autumn migration usually includes a variable passage of raptors including Egyptian Vulture, Lesser Spotted Eagles, good numbers of Honey Buzzards, Black Kite, Red-footed and Lesser Kestrels, and Black and White Storks. It continues into October, when winter visitors also start to arrive.

The winter months can also be very productive, but can have quite a northern Europe feel to them, whilst still retaining an eastern species theme. Duck numbers increase and there is a small wintering flock of White-fronted Geese.  Species such as Black Redstart, Robin and Song Thrush are quite common, with Bluethroats and Reed Bunting found in marshy areas, with Dunnock, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Brambling, Siskin present, but less common. Stonechats are very common and can include Eastern races such as ‘Armenian’. Finsch’s Wheatear is a Cyprus wintering specialty in suitable habitat and Wallcreeper can be found on cliffs or gorges, but both species require time and effort to locate. During winter one can find the odd rarity, with Rock Sparrow and Rock Buntings occasionally found amongst other Eastern European species.

 

 

During winter, the sea around Cyprus can produce occasional sightings of Scoploli’s and Yelkouan Shearwater off headlands, but is otherwise relatively quiet. It requires effort to find any winter water species on the sea other than the resident and wintering Gulls, which can include the odd Greater Black-headed Gull and Shags or Cormorants.

 

 

 

More information can be found on our blog click here: Birds of Prey in Cyprus

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Upcoming events in the local area…

There’s a good variety of events coming up in the next couple of weeks in the local area, have a look and see if any tickle your fancy!

21st August –  Glenn Barnes @ Grape & Grain, Pissouri Bay at 5pm

Following popular demand, Glenn Barnes is back at the Grape and Grain! He will be playing choice covers from across the last five decades on his acoustic guitars and banjo, with backing vocals from my wife Ben. Come along and enjoy the music……..

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12th – 21st August – The Spice Girls Exhibition @ Limassol Marina at 17:00 – 22:00

The Spice Girls Exhibition comes to Cyprus this summer and is sure to delight fans of 90’s nostalgia. As the World’s biggest selling Girl band, the Spice Girls were as famous for their costumes and platform shoes as they were their music. The exhibition will showcase not only the iconic stage costumes but also thousands of items of memorabilia and even a moped. It will walk visitors through a history of the Spice Girls with costumes from music videos and live performances making it an exhibition not to be missed.

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25th August – Limassol Wine Festival 2016 @ Limassol Municipal Gardens at 19:00

The Limassol Municipality organized this year, for the 55th time, the Limassol Wine Festival from August 25th to September 4th, 2016.  More information to follow soon!

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26th August – Pafos2017 2nd Folklore Festival of Ktima at District Officer’s Residence at 20:00

The European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 together with Ktima Folklore Group create a route in Cypriot tradition, full of arts, sounds, images and flavours. Linking people and their arts, the present and the past, with traditional elements that have been kept alive to the present day through events that touch all the spectra of our everyday culture.

Ticket Price: FREE

For more information call: 99 455825 or 26 932017

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26th August – Jazz Unplugged – Sarah Fenwick & Marinos Neofytou @ Mbouat at 21:30

Live performance at on August 26th, Sarah Fenwick, Marinos Neofytou ‘Jazz Unplugged’ performing songs from their CDs Jazz Origins, Jazz Way and more. Starts 9:30pm, entry 7 Euros – Reserve at 99652205

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259 Agiou Andreou Street
LimassolLimassol 3035Cyprus

Ticket Price: €7

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28th August – Savvas Charalambous featuring Ines Kowalska and Hannah Leyden @ The Grape & Grain, Pissouri Bay, at 17:00

Lets get the Bank Holiday weekend under way…….. with Savvas Charalambous featuring Ines Kowalska & Hannah Leyden – playing Acoustic, folk, indie and psychedelic tunes.

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*** HERE AT APHRODITE HILLS ***

Rocks bands at the Beer Garden:

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Scarlett Echoes

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Rawbin Cult

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As well as Oriental Delights on the 20th…

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Open Air Cinema
21st August –
  Open Air Cinema @ Church Terrace, Aphrodite Hills Resort at 21:00.  Free Entrance.
Movie Title: Pan

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28th August – Open Air Cinema @ Church Terrace, Aphrodite Hills Resort at 21:00.  Free Entrance.
Movie Title: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

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! DON’T FORGET: the wonderful weekly events in Pissouri Village Square: Bouzouki Night at O’Vrakas Tavern on Wednesday nights (with the famous plate smashing!) and Cyprus Nights at Platea Tavern, as well as ‘Thank Cod it’s Friday’ take away special offer at The Plaice in the Square.

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Friday’s Fact About: Assumption Day (15th August)

According to the Greek Orthodox religion, nearly every day of the year is dedicated to a Christian saint or Martyr. Each church is devoted to a particular saint and that saint’sname day is celebrated on the saint’s birthday or day of death. These celebrations are usually celebrated with a Panigyri (fair or festival) and a religious service.

15th August is one of the main name days, and public holidays of the year, known as Assumption Day (Assumption of Mary day).  What’s the story behind this?:

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The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven, informally known as the Assumption, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and parts of Anglicanism, was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life – it is important to many Catholic and Orthodox Christians as the Virgin Mary’s heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven). Her acceptance into the glory of Heaven is seen by them as the symbol of the promise made by Jesus to all enduring Christians that they too will be received into paradise.

The feast of the Assumption is a public holiday in many countries, including Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, Germany (Bavaria and Saarland only), Greece, Lebanon, Lithuania, Italy, Malta, Mauritius,Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland (8 cantons only) and Vanuatu.  In Eastern Orthodox churches following the Julian Calendar, the feast day of Assumption of Mary falls on August 28.

trooditissa monasteryIn Cyprus, hundreds of locals travel up toTrooditissa Monastery in Troodos, as this monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  In celebration of Assumption day a fair is hosted within the Monastery grounds and it is also common practice that prayers to the holy icon of Panagia (Virgin Mary) are carried out here to give hope to childless couples wishing to have children.

 

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