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Statues of Eurovea

Sculptures can be found outside and inside Eurovea shopping mall in Bratislava. They not only beautify the whole area but they add an artistic element as well. This was one of the places I liked to visit when I was in Bratislava. The fact that while you are walking you can see these sculptures and take photos of them, makes you feel like you are  taking a stroll through a modern museum. It wasn’t until recently that I found out there is a story behind the sculptures and I was impressed!

Isabelle, Eurovea Statue, Bratislava, Slovakia
Isabelle, Eurovea Statue, Bratislava | by karafc

The sculptures were created by the British artist Colin Spofforth. Each sculpture has its own name and character and together they complete the  fairy tale “six white mice“, which was written by Colin’s wife. This beautiful story speaks about greediness, faith, true friendship, courage and love.

…Once upon a time in a small village by the river, under the shadow of a greedy King and his spoiled daughter, terrible things were happening. They decided to banish all the mice from the kingdom, and at that moment is when they suddenly became magical artists, two children and six white mice…

Some of the statues hide on them one of the six white mice, so they will not be found by the soldiers of the greedy King.  In order to spot them,  you have to look for them closely.

After learning the story behind the sculptures, I am even more fascinated by them. Next time I will be in Bratislava, I will visit Eurovea shopping mall for one more time!

Lady with long dress

leafless tree
Lady with long dress, Bratislava | by karafc

One cloudy day,  I was wandering around Bratislava with the intention of finding interesting things to shoot, when I saw this fascinating tree. It reminded me of a lady trying to stand against the wind, wearing a long dress with green details and rough texture. It looked like she is leaning her upper body backwards, as if making an effort to retain her balance while trying to hold onto the green railings behind her as the wind continues to blow…

This is the picture that popped in front of me as soon as I laid eyes on it. It might remind you something else or nothing at all, like my husband, who just sees a tall tree. It depends on everyone’s imagination!

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

Telephone booth

One of the places that we love and visit often is Kakopetria, a picturesque village in the mountains of Cyprus. Every time we are there, I always find something interesting to shoot and this time the thing that got my attention was a telephone booth.

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Telephone booth, Kakopetria, Cyprus | by karafc

Public pay phones  have been slowly disappearing due to technological evolution, mobile phones, internet, and free wifi available everywhere. This is  making public pay phones obsolete. Seeing telephone booths here and there is nice; it is a reminder of simpler times!

Café La Putika

When my husband and I stayed for a few months in Bratislava, we used to hang out at this small, cosy café  called “La Putika”.  We really loved it.

La putika Cafe in Bratislava

La Putika café is located in the old town of Bratislava.

La putika Cafe in Bratislava

It has a simple layout with pleasant warm atmosphere, nice vintage decoration and wooden floor.  The rooms are lit with a number of small lamps which makes it darker but also warm and intimate.

La putika Cafe in Bratislava

With it’s charming ambiance, great coffee and reasonable prices, La Putika it’s the place to be! We were so comfortable there, it really felt we were at  home.

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

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A close up look

This rock was my subject. Not that interesting? If you go closer you may reconsider.

rock with small plants

When I was shooting that rock people were looking at me a little weird. It was located in front of the shopping mall Central in Bratislava,  so you can imagine that there were a lot of people passing through. At one point, a man approached me and tried to see what I was shooting at with so much interest and passion. After a moment of concentration and study he told me that it looked like a meteorite.

Close up photography  is very fascinating and creative. By moving in closer you see the subject from a different perspective. The subject is isolated, the background is out of focus, new details appear and the result is magical and unique.

close up photo of the plants on the rock
Plants on the rock | by karafc

Capturing a close up shot from the plants on the rock above was a great and rewarding result.

close up photo of the plants on the rock
Plants on the rock | by karafc

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The Railways of Cyprus…what?

Yes you read right! Everyone who visited or lives in Cyprus knows that we don’t have railways or we won’t have in the future. So the only thing left is the past!train_miniature

And yes indeed, we did have railways in the past, a part of our history, that even most Cypriots don’t know, especially young people.

When we visited Kakopetria village, a place that we really like and visit often, we decided to explore the villages close to Kokopetria,  in case they had something interesting to see. On our way to Evrychou village, a sign about Evrychou Railway Station, caught our attention.

So we followed the road signs and we arrived at the Cyprus Railways  Museum.

What we learned in our visit:

The Cyprus Government Railway (C.G.R.), as it was officially  known, ran from 1905 until 1951 when it closed down due to financial constraints.

The first section heading from Ammochostos to Lefkosia (Nicosia -the capital city of Cyprus) was 57km long, and officially opened for public transport on October 1905. By December 1907, a further 38km had been added, from Lefkosia to Morfou.  And by June 1915 a third, 23km long extension from Morfou to Evrychou had been added. With this section the line of C.G.R. was completed.

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A hand pump track and a freight wagon are exhibited in the yard

The Cyprus Government Railway was used in a number of ways and served both the colonial authorities and the local population.

The railway was an important conveyor of mail to and from Ammochostos harbour and carried mail overseas. It was also used for the distribution of mail throughout the island.

During World War II and post war years, the Cyprus Railways played a significant role as a prime mover of troops, stores and ammunitions from  Ammochostos harbour to the Royal Air Force airfield in Lefkosia.

With time, road transport developed at the expense of the railway. So the British Government announced the closure of the C.G.R. on December 1951.

An extension of the railway which was built to serve the Cyprus Mines Corporation operated until 1974.

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It would be very nice if we still had railways in Cyprus!

Official link:  http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/DA/DA.nsf/All/E9A885735520686EC2257DE7002A8081?OpenDocument