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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.

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

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.

grandpa

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.

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.

A walk in the alleys of Kakopetria

As I mentioned in other posts Kakopetria village is a  place we love visiting.

The architecture of the village is wonderful, especially the old Kakopetria. It is a picturesque village built between two rivers and it  is a magnet to every form of artists. Walking through the narrow stone-paved alleys of the old quarter of the village you can find a lot of things to capture.

Most of the old houses have been restored. Their characteristic feature is that the majority of the houses have two floors, sloped and tiled roofs with beautiful wooden balconies.

The main reason that the old quarter of the village preserved its traditional architecture, is the fact, that it has been proclaimed as a protected area from the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus.

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