Archive for the ‘Protaras’ Category

Grecian Park to Konnos Beach

October 16, 2018

Grecian Park overlooks Konnos Bay. Steps and a path lead down to Konnos Beach.

Sea warm at this time of the year for swimming.

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Konnos Beach to Cyclops Cave

October 15, 2018

Konnos Bay, walk from Konnos Beach and along the coast past Cyclops Cave.

Then back to Konnos Beach swimming.

Konnos Beach to sea caves and church

October 15, 2018

Yesterday afternoon a walk around Konnos Bay from Konnos Beach to sea caves and church.

Then on return swim in the sea.

Ayia Napa Cactus Park

October 13, 2018

Catching the earlier bus, which I usually miss, meant more time to explore the Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park. For the first time the bus stopped at the top entrance. Why usually fails to stop I do not know.

Wandering further in than before, Ayia Napa Cactus Park.

Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park further exploration

October 13, 2018

Catching the earlier bus, which I usually miss, meant more time to explore the Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park. For the first time the bus stopped at the top entrance. Why usually fails to stop I do not know.

Wandering further in than before, Ayia Napa Cactus Park.

Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park revisited

October 9, 2018

I just miss a bus to Ayia Napa, twenty minutes wait for next bus. 

Connect with Inter City bus at Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park. No time for other than cursory exploration, but at least on my second visit explore different area to previous visit. 

— to be continued —-

Spartiatis

October 7, 2018

Spartiatis is a fish restaurant overlooking Konnos Bay, not that can see anything at night.

Walk down an unlit road, passed a run down block that appears to be inhabited by gypsies.

Only half a dozen tables occupied with diners.

This is now the norm for Protaras, many restaurants have closed, many more are expected to close at the end of the season. The result of all-inclusive hotels killing the local economy and bringing in the dregs of the tourist industry and Cypriot politicians with heads stuck in the sand refusing to accept they have a problem let alone acting.

Brought a starter, not sure what it was, appeared to be fried thinly sliced courgette.

Sea bream as main course, a side plate of very poor quality chips.

I had asked, and was told came with a small salad. I do not think a couple of slices of cucumber, a couple of thin slices of tomato and a limp leaf of lettuce constitutes a salad.

Sea bream was ok, the oil overdone. Nowhere the standard of Demetrion fish restaurant at Liopetri River where I had lunch of white bream last week.

Was then brought a small piece of cake, mama’s cake.

Meal spoilt by pig-ignorant loud-mouthed Germans at a nearby table disturbing the entire restaurant. They should have been asked to keep their noise down or leave.

I was tempted to hop on a bus into Protaras for an ice cream at either Café Amárena or Patisserie Amelie, but decided on yoghurt from nearby shop.

Try Papa’s fish and chips (a fish restaurant)  or Kamasias. Both are in Paralimni.

The place to not eat, Ocean Basket, the McDonald’s or KFC of seafood, the fish not fresh.

Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park

October 3, 2018

Culture and Ayia Napa are not two words that easily sit side by side.

I have passed by Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park in the past, but never visited.

Today I decided whilst changing bus from local bus to Intercity bus I would time permitting explore the sculpture park.

It needs an hour or more to do the park justice, I had far less, and thus only explored a small part of the park.

Surreal, set on a rocky hillside looking out to sea.

I was reminding of Easter Island, though not all the statues are looking out to sea. Maybe an omen. Wander into Ayia Napa and witness the collapse of civilization at first hand.

Brain-dead Russians sitting on the sculptures for photos of themselves. I ordered them off.

There seemed to be no rhyme nor reason to the sculptures. Random sculptures on a rocky hillside.

Georgia Eleftheria Tsiolakki

October 1, 2018

Congratulations to Georgia Eleftheria Tsiolakki, the youngest person to receive this award, the only Cypriot to receive this award.

I am proud to be the only CYPRIOT and youngest that I have been awarded as a women leader.

I would like to say a big thank you to the who is who magazine as well.

Thank you to the international institutions for their recognition. The recognition came with a lot of smart and hard work in international and European level. Most of the obstacles and unfairness situations, I had to deal with, was from my OWN country sadly.

For those people who underestimate my skills underestimate my age and what I am capable of ,this is the beginning because whatever I DO , I do because I love it. When you love something obstacles are expected only to make you better !!!

Mikel Coffee

September 29, 2018

Cyprus is like a victim with many assailants, only the assailants are corporate coffee chains. All the usual suspects, tax-dodging Starbucks and Caffe Nero, Coco-Cola owned Costa, followed by many may not have heard of, Greek versions of Starbucks Coffee Island and Coffee Berry, the Canadian equivalent of Starbucks Second Cup. The lastest to join in the affray, Mikel Coffee, yet another Greek Starbucks clone.

Though Cypriots have only themselves to blame. Open a chain coffee shop, no matter how bad, and Cypriots flock to it like flies around rotting meat.

Walk into Mikel Coffee in Paralimni and it screams corporate, it is like walking into a McDonald’s without the stomach gut churning stench.

A long wait to be served. Yes busy, though not many waiting to be served.

A cappuccino served in a 16 oz cup, a takeaway cup, a plastic-lined non-recyclable takeaway cup. This is the regular size. Asked if want sugar. A battle to obtain 8 oz. At least no chocolate dumped on top.

Even those sitting in, actually sat outside not running down the street with takeaway cup in hand, served in a takeaway cup.

Questioned on this, they admitted bad for the environment, but so far have been unsuccessful in obtaining ceramic or glass.

On sale ceramic mugs, but only on sale, not for serving coffee.

A plastic stirrer popped through the plastic lid. Not asked for.

All the utensils plastic.

The coffee was undrinkable. Too hot, milky, insipid, a strange smell, not of coffee. I took one sip, and that was enough to make me feel sick.

What looked liked factory cakes. When asked did not know where the cakes supplied from.

No cold water brought to the table as the norm in Athens. When questioned on this, hope to provide in the future ice cold water, help yourself.

Χιλιάδες άνθρωποι ήδη κρατούν στα χέρια τους το νέο ποτήρι Mikel. Εσύ;

Έλα σήμερα σ’ ένα κατάστημα Mikel και ανακάλυψε το νέο, συναρπαστικό, πολύχρωμο κόσμο του!

Join The Coffee Community now!

Thousands of people already hold their new glass of Mikel. You;
 
Come today at a Mikel store and discover its new, exciting, colorful world!
 
Join The Coffee Community now!

The Mikel Coffee website is all about selling a franchise, nothing about the coffee. And one of the dumbest videos I have ever seen, on youtube a series of follow up videos.

The video promoting their cup, their takeaway cup, their plastic-lined, non-recyclable disposable throwaway takeaway cup.

Why does any company with to be associated with trash, why paint your logo on trash, unless of course trash is your business?

Join our club, celebrate joining our club. Why would anyone wish to join a club to trash the planet, let alone celebrate joining a club to celebrate trashing the planet?

There is though a reason for the large size cups. The punters think they are getting a great deal, the supersize phenomena, they are not, they are getting lousy coffee.

But it is to make the coffee shop use more milk. Milk that is bought from Mikel Coffee and shipped out from Greece.

The same milk scam by Tim Horton in Canada. Ludicrous size coffee cups, far too large, undrinkable coffee, coffee shop forced to buy more milk, not from the local shop or dairy, but from Tim Horton at inflated price.

At least they were not using long-life milk which they had been using.

The same scam with the takeaway cups, coffee shops forced to buy from Mikel Coffee.

They did offer a 25% discount if brought in own refillable cup, but only if Mikel Coffee cup.

This is like the pubco tied pub scam in England. Pay extortionate rent to pubco, and on top of that, have to buy all drinks through the pubco at double the market rate.

As with Second Cup, Mikel Coffee is a franchise scam and they will do all they can to milk the franchisee.

Starbucks was due to open in Protaras at the beginning of the season but has yet to open, and does not look like opening any time soon. On the road leading to Fig Tree Bay Miyu Coffee, in the centre of Protaras Café Amárena.

Why open a franchise, serve bad coffee, why not work in a coffee shop, learn about coffee, then open a coffee shop?

If you wish for coffee worth drinking, cross the road, at the traffic lights head into the centre of Paralimni and a couple of minutes walk away, Robustos.

Why are Cypriots attracted to these corporate chains? It clearly cannot be for the coffee. No, not the coffee, it is to be seen, even worse to take pathetic selfies to be seen. To be seen in a ghastly chain where the cool, those with style, would not wish to be seen dead. 

The darker side is, not only draining money out of the local economy, as these are all foreign owned chains, draining money out of the Cypriot economy.
 
Plastic is killing our seas. Cyprus is an island, dependent on the sea. It is not only corporate chains serving hot drinks in plastic-lined papers cups that cannot be recycled, cold drinks in plastic cups, so to are too many cafes, though not the specialty coffee shops.

If Cyprus is serious about reducing use of plastic, it must bring in a 25 cent levy on all non-recyclable takeaway cups, discourage takeaway, encourage relax with specialty coffee in an indie coffee shop served in ceramic or glass. 

Individual Cypriots must do there bit and encourage their friends to do the same, boycott any coffee shop serving in takeaway cups. 

The only exception, compostable coffee cups, with special bins for their collection.

Indie coffee shops must do there bit to discourage waste, not only by discouraging takeaway, but also putting out the used coffee grounds for customers to take for their gardens.