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Nature trail in Kakopetria

The last time we visited Kakopetria – our favorite village as you know by now –  we walked for the  first time in the nature trail ‘Monopati tis Vateris’. It is  located alongside the old town of Kakopetria and the river Klarios.

If you ever find yourself in this charming place, I highly recommend to walk the trail. It’s just a kilometer long with a breathtaking scenery. You can sit on the wooden benches that are placed in various locations, take in the wonderful surroundings and let your imagination run wild.  Walking by the stream you can hear the sound of the running water, the tweeting of the birds and the loud song of the cicadas.

We really enjoyed our walk and the calming effect it had on us. Looking forward to going back soon.

Earth is celebrating

Let’s all celebrate the Earth Day by living on this earth with respect not just today but Everyday.

“Be the change you wish to see in this world.” – Gandhi

'Vateris' nature trail in Kakopetria village, Cyprus
‘Μονοπάτι της Βατερής’ – Νature trail in Kakopetria village, Cyprus | by karafc

Keep in mind that for the rescue of our planet Earth, we all have a shared responsibility!

Happy Earth Day!


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

Spring transforms nature

Last week, while I was taking my daughter for a walk, I randomly noticed this small offshoot on our pecan tree so I rushed to grab my camera and take photos. At the same time I was playing peekaboo with my daughter to keep her occupied. We both enjoyed the activity!

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

I have to say, it is amazing how the same object looks so different if you shoot it at a different angle and perspective when combined  with the lighting conditions, the direction of  light, the background and your position.

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

I think that the photos above are a representative example. All of them were taken on the same day and time.

In travel mood

As summer is approaching, it is the right time to start thinking about vacations and search for possible destinations. Few days ago,  Jen from Gypsybus28, tagged me for the Travel Tag. Her timing was impeccable! I was very excited and immediately started thinking about this year’s vacations.

Majorca
Majorca  | by karafc

First of all, I would like to thank Jen for tagging me in the Travel Τag. I follow her blog for a while now and I find it very inspiring. She shares her  love about cooking, travelling and beauty. You can check out her blog  here.

And now let’s move on with the questions!

1. WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE YOU HAVE VISITED?

It is not easy to decide. There are a few places that are on my favourite list – each for a different reason. On the top of my list though, is Prague, Vienna, Greek Islands and Majorca.

2. IF YOU COULD VISIT ANYWHERE TOMORROW, WHERE WOULD YOU PICK?

Krakow (Poland). I wanted to visit Krakow since my studies, but somehow it never happened. Now we have friends living there, so a visit is long overdue!

3. WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON A CITY HOLIDAY OR A BEACH HOLIDAY?

It depends on which season I’m choosing to travel. For summer time I prefer going on a beach holiday. For autumn and spring I prefer a city holiday. I’m not counting winter period, because I can’t stand the cold weather. I would say yes if it would be a ‘hotel’ holiday only!

4. WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS?

Everything I take with me it considered to be essential!

5. ARE YOU AN OVER-PACKER OR AN UNDER-PACKER?

Definitely an over-packer! Every time I’m trying to convince myself to pack less but it’s impossible 🙂

6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT GOING ON HOLIDAYS?

My favourite thing is that I get away from the daily routine. Besides that I enjoy seeing new places, meeting other cultures and certainly trying the local  cuisine.

7. WHAT IS ONE PLACE YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO VISIT?

I can’t think of such a place, but  I will surely avoid visit places that doesn’t make me feel safe.

8. WHO WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON A HOLIDAY WITH, FAMILY OR FRIENDS?

I don’t mind.  I enjoy both, even though most of the times I go on vacation with family.

9. WHAT IS THE MOST ADVENTUROUS DISH YOU HAVE TRIED FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY?

Since I am not an adventurous person and I am a picky eater, I don’t try anything that looks odd or includes peculiar ingredients. I like to try the traditional food of the country I’m visiting,  if fits my criteria that is – which most of the times it does.

10. WHO DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS TRAVEL TAG?

 Sonia en Route

 Living for Experiences

Dormouse Tidings

The Bookish Wanderer

The Travel Lady in her Shoes

I really enjoyed doing this Travel Tag. It brought back wonderful memories from my trips  🙂

Clivia Miniata

Clivia miniata (Natal lily, bush lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to South Africa. It is a popular plant for shaded areas, which grows into large clumps; it doesn’t need much water and is normally cultivated as a houseplant.

red Clivia miniata flowers - Natal lily, bush lily

Clivia miniata flowers are red, orange or yellow and they stay in bloom longer than most flowers. They can be used as cut flowers as well. Just keep in mind that they contain small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.

red Clivia miniata flowers - Natal lily, bush lily

These beautiful Clivia miniata flowers bloomed the past few days in our garden.  I pass by them everyday but somehow I didn’t have the urge to photograph them.  After a long consideration, I decided  that I should take some photos for my portfolio.  And I’m glad I did. The results were really rewarding!


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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 🙂