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!

Hiking in the forest

Taking the trolleybus no. 203 to its final destination, on a sunny winter day, we ended up in Koliba. It is a popular locality that belongs to the Bratislava Forest Park which is located in the foothills of the Little Carpathians in the northern part of Bratislava.

Bratislava Forest Park is a very popular place for the locals.  There are a lot of recreational facilities such as hiking, running and biking trails, sports facilities, playgrounds, snack kiosks etc.

While we were walking and enjoying the nature that the hiking trail had to offer, I noticed the sun-rays penetrating into the forest through the leafless trees creating interesting shadows on the ground. I was fascinated by the variety of forms the shadows were creating that I couldn’t resist and found myself in the peculiar and fun position of  ‘chasing’ shadows.

It was such a relaxing and joyful day, that we returned back home unwillingly.


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

A moment in Solitude

When our family friend from Slovakia came to Cyprus for my sister’s wedding, we gave her a tour around the villages of Pafos, along with  the rest of our friends that came from abroad.

We had a full day of going through beautiful landscapes, tasting local wine and the flavorful cuisine and we were ready to head home. On our way back, my father spotted a great viewpoint on a high hill and we stopped to admire the view and take some photos.

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A moment in Solitude | by karafc

We were all taking pictures, creating memories and talking, when I noticed that our friend  stepped aside isolating herself from the others in search of solitude. She was standing, watching the view, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the lonely moment as if she was the only person there.

Watching her standing at the edge of the hill, I took the opportunity to take some photos of her without  interrupting her musings. When she was done, she returned to the car  with a delighted smile on her face.


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

My grandpa’s gift

My grandpa is a retired fisherman and one of the many things he liked to do was to collect sea conch shells that were caught in his fishing nets. He would then proceed to dry them under the sun, then he would clean them thoroughly and display them on shelves. He is very proud of his big collection and he happily gives conch shells to family and friends as a gift.

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At first, we didn’t know what to do with the numerous conch shells that he gave us but in the end we realized that we could repurpose them  instead of keeping them as decorative pieces only. And therefore we transformed them into pots for small cactuses and other succulent plants.

Needless to say that my grandpa is very pleased that we found a creative way to use his gifts instead of  keeping his conch shells hidden in a drawer.


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

Sol Alter

Last Sunday the weather was really nice so we decided to walk along the coastline to our medieval castle by the picturesque small harbour.

Next to the castle we saw this bronze sculpture leaning on the rock, which is part of Pafos2017. Pafos, my city, is chosen to be  this year’s  European Capital of CulturePafos2017 and throughout the year a lot of events and activities will take place.

This artwork named “Sol Alter” was created by the artist Yiota Ioannidou and pays homage to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The sculpture represents a young woman who looks after the place where Aphrodite lived and wants to be like her. It is one of the twelve artworks of the  project “Signs in Time and Space”,  which were placed in different venues in the city, thus creating an open air art museum.

"Sol Alter", bronze sculpture, Pafos, Cyprus - part of Pafos2017
“Sol Alter”, bronze sculpture, Pafos, Cyprus | photo by karafc

We  had a nice time, enjoyed the nice weather and the spectacular view. I had the opportunity to take several photos and I will be returning soon to resume our tour in the open air art museum.


28&29 January 2017: Opening Ceremony of Pafos2017 – European Capital of Culture          

Wild garlic

In a cactus pot in our garden a wild garlic has sprouted and its beautiful white flower drew my attention. I had to shoot it several times because it was windy for a few days but since I knew what I was looking for, I could gather up information easier.

Allium ursinum is a wild relative of chives native to Europe and Asia. It is known as ramsons, buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, or bear’s garlic.

Wild garlic leaves are edible and they can be used as salad, herb,  boiled as a vegetable, in soup or as an ingredient for a sauce. The bulbs and flowers are also edible.

The leaves are also used as fodder. Cows that have fed on ramsons give milk that tastes slightly of garlic.

Despite the fact that I don’t like eating or using garlic in my cooking, it is a beautiful plant and beautifies our garden.

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