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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.

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  🙂

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

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.

wathcing the view in solitude
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

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          

The lake

Looking recently in my drafts I found it and I decided to publish it. This post was supposed to be the first one on my blog but somehow I never uploaded it.

For a short period of time, in 2014, I lived  in Bratislava and I used to go for long walks around the city to take pictures. Not far away from where I was, there is a small lake called Kuchajda, which I loved visiting  because it’s beautiful and close to the city centre. Since I am a summer person I thought I wouldn’t like it in winter; nothing seems nice to me when it’s cold. I don’t like winter that much and I believed that I wouldn’t find anything interesting to photograph because everything would be covered in snow and the lake would be frozen. My goal was to go there, shoot the landscape with my new camera and not expect anything spectacular. You cannot imagine my surprise when I saw the results. The photos turned out really good, well at least in my opinion!

Here is a small sample of my photos from the lake.

I was satisfied with the whole experience despite of the freezing weather and being unable to move my fingers at the end, even though I was wearing gloves.

Winter Paths

On one of my long walks with my camera in Bratislava, I had the opportunity to take photos of the winter scenery; something I can’t do easily in Cyprus.

Sad Janka Kráľa Park, Bratislava, Slovakia
Sad Janka Kráľa Park, Bratislava | by karafc

I found the paths that were created by the snow very fascinating,  so whenever I spotted them I took a shot.

Hviezdoslavovo Namestie, Bratislava, Slovakia
Hviezdoslavovo Namestie, Bratislava | by karafc

With the snow blanketing the landscape it’s very easy to find these wintry paths and walk through them. But the thorn in the roads of this beautiful scene, was the cold temperatures that made it impossible for me to stay out longer.

winter at Sad Janka Kráľa Park, Bratislava
Sad Janka Kráľa Park, Bratislava | by karafc

 

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