Thursday, 8 May 2014

A bike ride with my camera - Mandria, Paphos, Cyprus

Normally when I am in Cyprus the weather is glorious and I spend much of my time sunbathing, sitting outside cafes and tavernas with my Frappe (iced coffee drink) and in the pool or jacuzzi.

But this year my visit so far has been punctuated with rain - and not just the usual "four spots and it's over" rain but proper lashing, torrential rain creating rivers from roads.

cyprus beach
Beach near Mandria with statice plants in foreground
We have had some sun - I have the white bits to prove it-and have enjoyed some mild but overcast periods.

During one of these when it looked less likely we would need an Ark, I went with my mum on a meandering bike ride down from the village of Mandria towards the beach, along the coast and back through farm land.

I took my trusty Nikon D80 with me and saw so many lovely views and things to take pictures of I was on and off my bike every few minutes. Sorry Mum!

cyprus flowers
yellow poppies? and statice on the beach
Cyprus is particularly lovely in Springtime when the island is still green and there are flowering shrubs everywhere. 

By the summer it looks much more like the Middle East with dramatic rocky outcrops populated with scrambling goats and the odd hardy scrubby tree.

I loved the flowers which looked like yellow poppies (I'm no botanist!) and the flowering prickly pear cactus - A-ha! now you have that Disney Jungle Book song in your head don't you!

And there were carpets of blue statice everywhere - you usually see in it in the UK, dried in flower arrangements.
prickly pear cyprus
prickly pear

Of course it wouldn't be Cyprus without olive trees- the country even has olive branches on its national flag. (CLICK HERE for information about the history and design of the flag.) I had lots of fun taking lots of pictures of the trees lining our bike ride route - such gorgeous colours. Shame I don't actually like olives!


Cyprus Olive Trees



My favourite picture however is a bit gruesome - riding back towards Mandria village I skidded to a halt as I thought I'd spotted a snake for the first time in the 7 years I have been visiting Cyprus.

I called to my mum who said I had probably just spotted an old bit of hose pipe from the farm's irrigation system. I went and had a look anyway and sure enough it was a real snake! OK so it was dead, with clouds of flies round it and a squished middle where it looked like a tyre had gone over it but I was pleased anyway. (I have said many times I am easily pleased and a bit odd!)

I posted my dead snake picture on Facebook and started a whole thread of comments which ended up including snake recipes! I decided to include a link to a recipe for deep fried snake here just in case you fancied it! Enjoy

Cyprus snake



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4 comments:

  1. Fascinating photos, I've never been to Cyprus. #PoCoLo

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  2. Wow! Ive tasted a snake before! Itys like chicken! Amazing travel photos =) #pocolo

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  3. Had to go away and look up your snake after reading about it - sounds like a Large Whip Snake, non venomous you'll be pleased to hear! #pocolo

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  4. I've never been to Cyprus. One day I will definitely go. I hope you had a wonderful time, despite the rain! Not into the snake thing AT ALL!! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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