Paphos Re-visited

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My last post on this blog before I moved here was about Paphos in the throws of being restored/re-modelled, I expressed concerns about how it would look and how it would be executed. 2017 was the year Paphos represented Cyprus as a city of culture  in Europe and while the work was being carried out it was chaos  the roads were impossible to navigate in the centre and queues of traffic were everywhere. The pavements were non existent for pedestrians  with uneven surfaces everywhere and shopkeepers were frustrated and angry that their shops became inaccessible resulting in loss of trade and income. Many closed, we hoped temporarily but fears were this newly rejuvenated  part would end up a ghost town.

We are well into 2018 now and still it is not entirely finished but the work that has been done and I would say that is about 95% now, is better than I among many would have hoped for. The restoration on buildings has been sensitively carried out, the new blends excitingly with the old and many innovative ideas have been executed exceedingly well. I have posted just a few photos which illustrate this.

There has been a recent surge in murals which add a vibrant feel to the place these too are of excellent quality, every time I visit I see new examples. A new  and varied group of cafes has opened up attracting the young as well as some interesting artisan/boutique shops. Although some of the old shopkeepers have returned some just could not bear the loss of income and had to close.

 

We all hope the future will be bright for old Paphos and will watch its future development with interest.

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New Photo Galleries on the Blog

I have been enjoying myself this morning. I have been using the new addition to the WordPress tools and adding photo galleries to my new pages. Just click on any of the photos above and it will take you to a slideshow. This is so cooool (sorry- slipped into adolescence there?) After uploading a whole new range of photos into my media gallery, I have opted for slideshows on most of the pages, it has enabled me to use some of the photos I was unable to fit into the book which is very satisfying.

When choosing photographs for Androula’s Kitchen, I was frustrated because there were so many that I wanted to use, really I would have been happy just making a photo book! Maybe next time. It seems to be a whole lot quicker to upload as well, which is a real boon when you have quite a selection. You may have noticed, if you are a regular reader of this blog, that the site has been having a bit of an overhaul. I wanted to match up to the great job Short Run Press made of my book. I hope that by having some permanent pages it will help people see more clearly what the site and the book is about and give a taste of information I cover in the book. It’s an ongoing process, so far there is the Arts & Crafts page with a drop down menu for pottery and weaving, I will add baskets and lace later. There will also be a food page with access to the recipes as well as a bit of information on food culture.

Let me know what you think. I like a good bit of feedback and please, feel free to share amongst your friends.