Old Nicosia airport comes back to life (VIDEO)

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Old Nicosia airport comes back to life (VIDEO)

An amazing 360-degree view of the old and abandoned Nicosia airport has made global headlines, after it was shared on Facebook and featured on the UK’s Daily Mail website.

The virtual tour was created by Lemonimage, which offers customised virtual tours primarily to business clients who want to feature locations and sites on their websites.

The dailymail website presents the airport as “frozen in time” after it was abandoned in 1977, following a failed coup engineered by Athens three years earlier and a follow up military operation by Turkey a week later that split the island in two parts, north and south.

The airport site is now inside a buffer zone controlled by the United Nations. Although it is not open to the public, there have been occasions where photographers were able to get permission to take photos and videos.

Viewers have “the opportunity to step inside the picture, look up, down and all around from floor to ceiling, earth to sky in any direction,” Lemonimage wrote on their Facebook.

 

Click on the photo below to see the virtual tour, where you can turn left and right, up and down, as well as zoom in and out.

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Watch a Daily Mail video by clicking on the image below:

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Friday’s Fact About: Walking in Cyprus’ National Parks

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3 + 1 Gorgeous National Parks around Cyprus to Walk Through – by MyCyprusInsider

When we think about the beauty of Cyprus, our mind often drifts to gorgeous beaches and rugged mountain peaks. But if someone utters the words ‘forest park’ or ‘national park’, you may be racking your brain to think of more than one or two. After all, how many of us actually say: ‘let’s go for a walk in the forest this afternoon?’ But point is, some of the island’s most glorious walking trails weave through stunning national parks blanketed in forest land which we guarantee will leave you breathless. And that’s not to forget national parks by the sea, with totally different rugged and dramatic scenery captivating the senses every step of the way. Let the fun begin!

 

1. Dazzling Heights: Troodos National Forest Park

Forget city life for a day; this is the kind of inspiration that will work absolute miracles for the mind and soul. After all, endless panoramic views make you feel like you’re standing on top of the world, and with the towering peaks of the Troodos Mountains reaching 2000 metres above sea level, it’s little wonder! Covering an expanse of 90km around the mighty Mount Olympus, there are 10 well signposted trails in this park, allowing you to perambulate the area to your heart’s content.

 

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Do keep in mind that the Troodos National Park is home to approximately 750 plant species, with 72 of these endemic to the island. And if you want to get better acquainted with the many endemic plants and herbs of the area, be sure to head to the Troodos Botanical Garden. Feel like setting your sights on something a little different? Head to one of the area’s cascading waterfalls with three breath-taking spots to choose from: Caledonia Falls, Chantara Falls and Myllomeri.

 

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2. The Beautiful City Escape: Athalassa National Park, Nicosia

Nicosians rejoice: it’s not all about urban landscapes in the capital. Just take a short drive out to Athalassa Park and you can enjoy a real change of scenery in no time.  Cocooned by the suburbs of Aglandjia, Strovolos, Latsia and Geri, it’s a fantastic place for city dwellers to break up the day-to-day routine by taking a long walk through one of its designated routes. In fact, the place fills with happy cyclists, runners and walkers in the late afternoon and weekends, while those wishing to take their beloved pooch out for a few hours are in luck, with a special dog walking path to enjoy.

 

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If you love nothing more than a ramble by the water’s edge, keep in mind that part of the park (Agios Georgios) is also home to its very own lake, encircled by a walking path that will give you a little lift and get your heart racing. Stop off by the bird observatory right by the lake to take in the splendour of this oasis in the city.

 

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3. By the Deep Blue: Cape Greco National Park

Fancy a fabulous walk and a refreshing dip into the sea on the same day? Then the Cape Greco National Park is where you need to be. With a rocky headland that juts out into deep azure waters, this designated National Park – characterized by imposing sea caves – is one of the most famous locations on the island for picture taking, and is probably one of the best spots to take in the gorgeous east coast on foot in all its glory.

 

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And once you start exploring the area, you’re likely to be lost for words with various signposted nature trails dissecting the area, one of which forms part of the E4 European Long Distance Trail running from Cyprus to Portugal. The good news is that there are plenty of benches dotted across the park to sit back and take in the views, while the whitewashed church of Agoi Anargyroi makes for the perfect spot to capture the day on camera.

 

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With about 400 different plant species recorded in the area, 14 are endemic to Cyprus while another 14 indigenous plant species are considered to be rare. Also keep your eyes peeled for some lovely butterflies that flutter around the area, with more than 80 species of birds spotted in the Cape Greco skies over time.

 

4. The Forgotten One: Macheras National Forest Park

We often get friends and family together for a day out in the Troodos peaks, but this eastern side of the mountain range is often forgotten. And it’s a real shame because the whole area is just as impressive as any of the other aforementioned national parks in this article. And what many people don’t know, is that the two most important streams of Cyprus, Pedieos and Yialias, spring from this park, blanketed in pines and dotted with Cyprus’ endemic golden oak.

 

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There are three nature trails weaving their way through the park and the Macheras Politiko Nature trail is particularly unique, combining various types of hybrid plants together with other types of animals and birds. Divided into two parts, one is just over two kilometres long while the other is just over 3km. The latter passes by the Pedieos River, and if you head back to the area in winter, you’ll get to spot beautiful waterfalls. The Macheras Park is also home to over 600 plant species, with 27 of them indigenous to the island. And don’t forget about Macheras Monastery, situated at an altitude of 870 metres on the slopes of Mount Kionia.

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Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy – Rusty Rackets weekly fun class

RUSTY RACKETS ADULT TENNIS COACHING COURSE

(starting Monday 26th September 2016)

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  • Every Monday evening, from 6 -7 pm
  • Cost €5 member / €7 non member

This course is designed for complete beginners or players that have played in the past, lost touch with the game and would like to get back into it again!

racketsRackets are provided if you do not own one – you just need to attend in sportswear and trainers.

Don’t be shy come and give tennis a try!

The friendly tennis team are looking forward to welcoming you🙂

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To sign up for weekly pay and play sessions please email : tennisreservations@aphroditehills.com
Or telephone : 00357 26828122

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Events in the local region this week

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this week, from take away offers to Take That tribute band!  Click on the images below for full details:

Wednesday 21st September 2016: Bouzouki night at O’Vrakas Taverna in Pissouri Village Square, with wonderful live music and plate smashing!  €17 per person including delicious meze meal:

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Thursday 22nd September 2016: World Stars of Ballet, Paphos Ancient Odeon in the Archaeological park (known as the Mosaics).  €25.00 per person, starts at 20:30:

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Friday 23rd September 2016: Cyprus night with live bouzouki at the Plateau Tavern in Pissouri Village Square.  €18.00 for fantastic buffet and live entertainment, with disco.  Starting 19:30:

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Friday 23rd September 2016: All the way from the UK is the World’s best tribute to Take That, ‘Re-Take That’ at the Pissouri Amphitheatre.  Doors open from 6.30pm, tickets just €16.50 per person:

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Thank Cod It’s Friday (23rd September)The Plaice, Pissouri Village Square:  Fish n Chip Shop take away offer: take away a delicious cod & chips or haddock & chips for just €7.95:

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Sunday 25th September 2016: Local band Mid Life Crisis will be performing live at the Grape & Grain bar in Pissouri Bay from 5pm – 7pm.  Free entrance.  This great 5 piece band will perform well known rock covers from the 70’s through to current day, from the likes of Stereophonics, Bad Company, The Jam, Billy Idol, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, The Who, Queen, Free … and much much more!

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Sunday 25th September 2016: Bricks4Kids interactive LEGO workshop at O’Vrakas Taverna in Pissouri Village Square from 10am – 12pm.  €10.00 per child / €15.00 per child with food.

Click here for full event details

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Sunday 25th September 2016: Sunday carvery at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance:

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Getting gym fit at Aphrodite Hills!

The Gym on resort houses an extensive range of cardiovascular equipment – treadmill, exercise cycle, rowing machine and stair climber; free weights; swiss balls and other equipment necessary to ensure workouts are varied and enable you a uniquely different but effective workout on each visit.

Personal training is available with the resident fitness guru Agnes, who’s reputation precedes her; she’s tough, she’ll make you work, but you will get amazing results!

Weekly fitness classes are also a popular option (schedule shown below).

So there’s really no excuse not to work off your holiday extravagances ;0)

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Gym pass/class pricing:

  • Daily Gym Pass €7
  • Weekly Gym Pass €35
  • 30 minute Personal Training €35
  • 60 minute Personal Training €50
  • Fitness Classes €7
  • Yoga Classes €15

Download the fitness class schedule:

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Contact the Spa for further details – Tel: 26 828 100

“The Retreat Spa Fitness Center offers action-packed Personal Training Programs, specifically designed to meet your needs. Under the supervision and encouragement of our qualified Personal Trainer, you are offered the full potential to reach the goals you strive. Allow our Personal Trainer to address your specific fitness needs and provide you with the motivation and techniques that will increase your stamina and sculpt your physique.”

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The Fitness Centre is open every day and is also free to use for anyone who has a Spa Treatment on the day.

 

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Friday’s Fact About: Paphos on Foot

Now that the weather is cooling down it is the perfect time to discover the lovely Paphos town on foot, rather in the air-conditioning of your car!  Not to mention the amazing archaeological sites that are dotted around the town (such as the Mosaics and Tomb of the Kings) there’s plenty of history just on the streets:

If you want to really get to grips with a modern day feel of the town and its more recent history, then head down to the market area every Thursday where a free guided walk is organised by Paphos Municipality in collaboration with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association.Led by a qualified guide, there’s no requirement to book; all you have to do is simply turn up on time and join in. The whole walk – which lasts approximately two hours – has been designed to get visitors and locals better acquainted with Paphos Town Centre (Ktima), which is the newest part of the city.  While the town centre is often dismissed as a shopping area, we give you the lowdown on some of the walk highlights that will give you the chance to take in different aspects of this seaside haven steeped in history and oozing quaint charm.p on foot 1What’s great, is that you’ll actually be given insight into how the town developed, from the late Byzantine and Medieval times up until the present day.  You’ll also get a feel of the everyday lives of the population as you pass by shopkeepers, restaurant owners and workmen who’ll often call out to greet you as you pass by.But what else will you spot in this main hub? The town centre comprises of four different areas: the Municipality, school complexes, post office and market area, and the traditional Turkish Cypriot quarter. Lovers of small city gardens will be impressed by the Elias and Avgousta Malioti Park, the private garden of two impressive buildings that rather magnificently reflect the architecture of the first manor houses of Ktima at the start of the 20th century. In the middle of the park, you’ll spot the picturesque chapel of St John.037You’ll then get to enjoy the views from Mousallas Square, set in a prominent position overlooking Nea Pafos (New Pafos). Moving on towards the Agios Theodoros neighbourhood, you’ll walk through the religious centre of town before you eventually get to the Town Hall Square, built within the Municipal Gardens and imitating the architecture of the Parthenon. An important point of reference in the town, take note of the memorial column erected to honour the resistance of Greeks against fascism, adorned with the names of Pafians who lost their lives fighting the Germans.005Once you walk past a congregation of the area’s schools, you’ll pass Kennedy Square and the neoclassical Paphos Palace Hotel – once a hub for glorious receptions and dances – before you hit the main shopping Avenue of Archbishop Makarios. Take note of old colonial buildings like the Central Post Office and Old Court House; an attempt by the British to give public buildings a uniform architectural style. And a little further down you’ll be taken right past the Ottoman baths, built back in the 1500s and marking an important social hot spot for both Cypriot and Turkish inhabitants of the area.Before long, you’ll enjoy a stroll through the pedestrian quarter of Laiki Gitonia, right next to the colourful traditional fruit and veggie market. Stick around to really soak up a feel for all things local as crowds potter about their daily lives while delighting in the freshest pick of the day.Vegetable MarketStrolling Around Paphos Town Centre (Ktima)
Start & Finish Point:  CTO Tourist Information Office, 8 Agoras St
Start Time: 10am, every Thursday
Estimated duration: 2 hours
Free of charge. Booking not required
For more information, tel: (+357) 26-932841

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Aphrodite’s Bra Chain – guinness world record attempt

aphrodites-bra-chainAphrodite’s Bra Chain has been organised in Cyprus with the aim of breaking the Guinness World record for a Bra Chain – they need over 200,000 bras and are looking for as much help as possible!  The idea is to get as many women as possible to donate old bras, along with a donation which will fundraise money for local Archangel Michael’s Hospice, and all bras will be donated to charity following the record attempt in 2017 as well.

Our housekeepers told us about this wonderful fundraiser, and they are already busy at work assisting with breaking the record – just yesterday they were working hard at making a chain out of some of the bras they’ve collected!:

Tracie, Mags, Sam & Mo basking in their bra glory!

Tracie, Mags, Sam & Mo basking in their bra glory!

We would like to appeal to our owners to join in, and tell their friends!  We are happy to take bras & donations in the office which we will pass to Tracie, our head housekeeper.  Guests can also join in by leaving a bra behind after they depart!🙂

A full list of collection points can also be found on Aphrodite’s Bra Collection Facebook page.  Locally, the Grape & Grain bar in Pissouri Bay and O’Vrakas gift shop Pissouri Village are participating.  All of the bra collection points also have donation boxes (and other outlets too, look out for the image at the top of this blog to recognise the charity)

Alternatively you can always donate online on Archangel Michael Hospice’s direct website:  Donate Here.

Good luck to all of those involved in this great project!

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