Archive for May, 2015

A hard day’s work

May 29, 2015
house maids waiting for the bus home

house maids waiting for the bus home

House maids waiting for the bus home after a hard day cleaning rooms.

Afternoon at Sirena Bay

May 28, 2015
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Alight at bus stop for Crystal Springs Beach Hotel on Paralimni-Pernera road.

Walk down road alongside villas to coast. One way to Crystal Springs beach, the other to Sirena Bay.

The Crystal Springs beach has been re-engineered. You cannot re-engineer beaches. You may think you can, but you cannot. Beaches are a complex interaction of coastal erosion, wind, tides and currents. Re-engineering a beach in one location, has unforeseen consequences elsewhere on a coast.

The spoil from the re-engineered beach has been dumped at the side of the Pernera-Paralimni road, where it is an eyesore and environmental hazard, with dust blowing everywhere in the wind.

Sirena Bay is one of those places where one can easily spend an afternoon.

Re-engineering the beach at Crystal Springs

May 28, 2015
re-engineered beach at Crystal Springs

re-engineered beach at Crystal Springs

The beach at Crystal Springs has been re-engineered.

You cannot re-engineer beaches.

You may think you can, but you cannot.

Beaches are a complex interaction of coastal erosion, wind, tides and currents.

Re-engineering a beach in one location, has unforeseen consequences elsewhere on a coast.

The spoil from the re-engineered beach has been dumped at the side of the Pernera-Paralimni road, where it is an eyesore and environmental hazard, with dust blowing everywhere in the wind.

Eyesore and environmental hazard

May 28, 2015
eyesore and environmental hazard

eyesore and environmental hazard

On the road leading out of Pernera to Paralimni, alongside the road and adjacent to Crystal Springs Beach Hotel, a huge pile of dirt and rocks.

When the wind blows, dust everywhere, it blows into the shop and grill opposite. Anyone walking along the road gets dust in their eyes in their mouth.

The ugly pile has been there for months.

Why no action to remove, why no action against whoever dumped at the side of the road?

The source of this eyesore is re-engineering the beach at Crystal Springs.

Napa King II boat trip

May 27, 2015
sea caves

sea caves

dropping anchor Blue Lagoon

dropping anchor Blue Lagoon

swimming Blue Lagoon

swimming Blue Lagoon

enjoying the trip

enjoying the trip

Napa King II and Dolphin yellow submarine

Napa King II and Dolphin yellow submarine

Pirate boat once again has left gate open at the end of the pier, ropes for people to trip over. An accident waiting to happen, someone is going to fall into the sea and drown. A crew member from one of the other boats shut the gate.

Rough sea, any rougher and the boat would not have set sail.

Set off for Famagusta, then returned. Too rough? No, passengers left behind and had to be picked up.

Boat full. Not because of many tourists, only one boat setting sail not four.

Good view of Famagusta.

Famagusta a ghost city, deserted since 1974 following the illegal Turkish invasion and occupation.

The Sunrise is a worthwhile fictional account of Famagusta c 1974.

Swimming at Blue Lagoon where the boat drops anchor for half an hour.

On return trip, lunchtime, beach deserted, rows and rows of empty sunbeds, no tourists.

On the boat tea and coffee served with cups and saucers, not takeaway cups.

Excellent tuna and salad bap.

Boat spotlessly clean and ship shape.

Napa King II sails from Protaras Pier to Famagusta, then to Cape Greco and sea caves, where it drops anchor in the Blue Lagoon for swimming.

Usually four boats, trips in the morning and afternoon along the coast from Protaras Pier. Last May only boat trips in the morning. This year, with  no tourists, only one boat is setting sail in the morning, one in the afternoon.

Boat trips 14 euros a trip (children less).

Note: Thompson tour company are charging 35 euros, a Russian tour company 60 euros, for a boat trip. Do not be a mug and let tour companies rip you off. Walk along the Coast Path  to Protaras Pier and pay the boats direct.

Constantinos building work

May 27, 2015
building work causing a nuisance to people walking along the Coast Path

building work causing a nuisance to people walking along the Coast Path

building work next to people lying on sunbeds

building work next to people lying on sunbeds

Building work that should have taken place during the winter.

Building work that is quite literally taking place right next to people lying on sunbeds.

Building work that is causing a nuisance to people walking along the Coast Path.

Is it any surprise the tourist industry is collapsing and there are no tourists?

Cat taking a drink

May 27, 2015
cat taking a drink from a dripping tap

cat taking a drink from a dripping tap

girl turns on tap for wild cat

girl turns on tap for wild cat

One of the many wild cats roaming around, taking a drink from a dripping tap.

A girl wtaching, then turned on the tap for the cat.

The Unfinished Painting

May 26, 2015
Rock painting from The Lascaux Caves, France

Rock painting from The Lascaux Caves, France

“And now I think the things that matter are unfinished paintings that everyone creates and no one owns. Rather we are created each time we touch the breath of being, and we are connected to everyone who ever lived each time we add a stroke. And sometimes we are briefly aware that we are living parts of the most elemental community of all, the community of life force that moves through everything.”

— Mark Nepo: “The Unfinished Painting,” from Parabola, Volume 36, No 4., Winter 2011: “Many Paths, One Truth.”

Art belongs to all. Copyright kills creativity.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

May 26, 2015
freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

The place in Protaras for freddo cappuccino, patisserie amelie.

They need though to up their game, quality beans from an independent roaster, grind beans fresh for each coffee.

Pirates trying to kill someone

May 26, 2015
gate left open at end of Protaras Pier

gate left open at end of Protaras Pier

gate at end of pier closed by member of public

gate at end of pier closed by member of public

An accident waiting to happen.

Each day, the pirate boat leaves the gate open at the end of the pier.

A child could fall off the end of the pier and drown.

To make matters worse, they leave ropes to trip over.

Other boats, not only close their gates, they lock them.

What are we waiting for, someone to drown before any action taken?

The only time the gate is closed, when members of the public close the gate.