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I suppose we all have some favourite things which fix our mood on a bad day or just make us happy anytime. I could make long lists of my favourite things - I've got so many- but here are the ones that I can't do without. 1. My exercise bike... Continue »
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Here I am again in my ...playful moods. Don't worry!!! This time I'm not going to ask you to write a story. Well, most of you know I'm a teacher, so I'm going to assess your knowledge of Cyprus! Leave your answers in the comments section. For each correct answer... Continue »
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For a large baking tin (approx. 35X40 cm) you will need: Ingredients For the filling: 1.5 kg meat (beef or pork) 1 large onion finely chopped 1 head of garlic finely chopped parsley finely chopped marjoram 1 tbsp tomato paste dikuted with a little water 2 cups water 1 cup... Continue »
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DAY 2 - FRIDAY JULY 11th After a great night's sleep, we woke to the unique beauty of the Ionian as seen from our suite. We had an invigorating early morning swim in the pool and then headed for breakfast. It was really hard to resist the hot pancakes and... Continue »
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Alkis and I had been looking forward to this holiday since Easter, when we actually decided to make a dream come true. 25 years ago, soon after we got married in Geneva, we had to leave our beloved Switzerland where we met and fell in love and move to Corfu,... Continue »
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Not only did I feel the urge to take a picture of the first poppies in early Spring, but I also experienced a feeling of happiness. The great outdoors chase away all negative thoughts and make me feel as happy as a lark! For some people, happiness seems to be... Continue »
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I don't think the world will ever forget this unprecedented act of cowardice - the terrorist attack on America at the World Trade Centre Towers in New York City and The Pentagon in Washington. Ten years later, I remember things so clearly.... September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday, the second... Continue »
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Day 4 - Tuesday August 8th 2006 After our memorable trip to Symi, we got some rest and then got ready for the Black and White gala dinner at Varkarolla Restaurant. The night theme was Black & White.... I decided to dress in total black - I hardly ever do... Continue »
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Last night, I surprised Alkis with one of his most favourite dishes: Indian Chicken Curry - an authentic Indian recipe I came across at allrecipes.com. Unlike me, Alkis loves hot and spicy foods and is a great fan of Indian cuisine. I also love Indian food but in its mild... Continue »
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Sheftalies is a traditional Greek Cypriot dish which is, however, widely known in mainland Greece as well. Just like there's a fish and chips outlet in almost every neighbourhood in the UK, in Greece and Cyprus there's at least one "souvlatzidiko". This is a kind of fast food outlet where... Continue »
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Maybe you skipped the sunscreen because you didn’t think you’d be outside for very long, or perhaps you forgot to reapply after a dip in the pool. Whatever the reason, your skin is red-hot to the touch and seriously painful. Now what? You can pop an aspirin and apply a... Continue »
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"Τ'αηδόνια δε σ'αφήνουνε να κοιμηθείς στις Πλάτρες" - "You cannot sleep in Platres for the nightingales" is a line from the poem "Helen" by the great Greek poet George Seferis who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1963 for his eminent lyrical writing inspired by a deep feeling... Continue »
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Marmari-Kos For the last 10 years or so, Alkis and I have been spending our summer holidays in Greece, mostly on the Greek Isles.. Having already visited most of the Ionian Islands (Eptanisa), we felt like exploring the Aegean Islands renowned for their unique natural beauties. But then again, is... Continue »
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It seems that my biological clock hasn't been set to summer-break-time yet, so I got up at 6:00 this morning, as I always do on Saturdays when I work. After a hearty breakfast taken on the veranda with Alkis, Alkis went to work and I was left to decide what... Continue »
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Protaras is by far my most favourite summer resort in Cyprus and, more generally, in the eastern Mediterranean. With 300 days of sunshine, golden sandy beaches, clear waters, great hotels and a myriad of restaurants and bars, it's no wonder why European holidaymakers flock to Protaras every summer. For the... Continue »
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The school year may have already come to an end but I've still got work to do such as preparing final reports. This is the hardest time of the school year for me as I need to be just and fair in my assessment of my students' performance. Most of... Continue »
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When in Athens, one of my most favourite places to visit is the area of Plaka. Only a short walk away from the buzzing city centre, Plaka is a haven of peace amid the usual hustle and bustle of the city.Winding roads, neoclassical mansions, houses with red-tile roofs, balconies with... Continue »
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This is what I got in my inbox yesterday and had such a good laugh that I thought I'd share it with you. It was sent to me by my friend Walid who I'd like to thank for brightening up my day. These fit so well they should be in... Continue »
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My mother and I don't always get along very well. More often than not, it seems that one of us is saying the wrong thing, presses the wrong buttons and, as a result, our conversations tend to be quite explosive! Yet, in our heart of hearts, we know that we... Continue »