View from the castle

On a cloudy winter day,  we were wandering in the alleys of old town Bratislava and we ended up on the top of the hill where the castle of Bratislava is located. As we didn’t have enough time to tour the inside of the castle, we settled with just walking around it and taking in the breathtaking view of the Old town, the New Bridge – which crosses the banks of the Danube River – and the UFO tower, on the bridge’s pylon.

Everything looks different when you are atop!

This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

A beautiful flower

It’s really impressive that, this year our garden has more species of  wildflowers than before, such as the Wild Garlic, Allium Ampeloprasum, Muscari Parviflorum, Gladiolus Italicus, Narcissus Tazetta, Cyclamen Persicum and, last but not least, this beautiful flower called Gynandriris Sisyrinchium.

Barbary Nut, Moraea Sisyrinchium, Gynandriris Sisyrinchium

Barbary Nut is the common name of Gynandriris Sisyrinchium (syn. Moraea Sisyrinchium) which  is native to the Mediterranean region. The flowers don’t open unless the day is warm and often not until late afternoon and they do not last very long.

Barbary Nut, Moraea Sisyrinchium, Gynandriris Sisyrinchium
Gynandriris Sisyrinchium (Barbary Nut) | by karafc

Don’t think that I became a flower expert all of a sudden. Quite  recently, I found  a book in my mom’s library called The Medical Flowers of Cyprus. It is a wealth of information about the flora of Cyprus, so finally I can gather information easier 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award

I am so excited to take part in the One Lovely Blog Award. I started this blog for me, as a photographic diary of a sort but I am happy that with the course of time, other bloggers were able to travel through my pictures and it got the response it has.

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Special thanks to  Allen for including me in this.  His blog is worth visiting so make sure to make a stop and wander through his Sticky Note Quotes!

Theone-lovely-blog_award rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated
7 Interesting things about me:
  1. I love animals, especially dogs. Ever since I was a  child, I remember always having at least one running around the yard and through the house.
  2. Other  than  our local Mediterranean cuisine, I also love  Mexican, Indian and Japanese food.
  3. I love cooking. I always like trying new recipes. I don’t always follow  the  instructions verbatim since I like being creative in the kitchen. In the future I will post some of my favorite recipes!
  4. I’m not the athletic type. I just like to hike leisurely for as long as I can.
  5. I love all kinds of sweets but not chocolates or anything that contains chocolate 🙂
  6. As weird as it seems, I’m not a big fan of swimming, even though I am from an island and I live very close to the sea, like 5-10 minutes walking distance!
  7. I’m afraid of heights. When we visited the Eiffel Tower and we went all the way up, I turned and looked at the inside part of the elevator. When we reached  the second floor I just stepped outside of the elevator, stayed there and held onto the railings while the others were enjoying and admiring the ‘breathtaking’ view.

My Nominations

So now that you know me a little bit more, I’d love to get to know you too, so comment below some interesting things about you!