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It has been the most precious 4 days: my sister Maxine and her eldest son, Ben, have been to stay with us here in Peyia for a special ”mini break” and I’ve had the happy task of showing them some of my favourite places on this beautiful island.

The challenge is that 5 days isn’t long enough: there are so many special places here and  not enough time to share them – but we’ve made a great attempt to make some special memories!

Day one was a gentle day, starting with a walk along part of the coastline from Coral Bay towards the shipwreck at Chloraka. The walk is interesting, taking in rugged coastline towards more manicured beach front of a couple of hotels. Stopping at Baracas Café for brunch, we could have daydreamed the day away just watching the sea but we headed to Paphos to have a look at the old town and how it’s been changed during the 2017 City of Culture.

The buildings have been revealed showing their beautiful architecture and now seeming to stand proud, as part of a completely renovated , pedestrianized area. The market plays part of the newly styled colour and new café bars litter the area- so we had a slow meander, stopping off for coffee and people watching.

Moving onto St Georges harbor, Maxine was in awe of the spectacular coastline while Ben loved the colours of the flat and inviting sea

Day two, saw us walk the harbor walk at Latchi, sharing brunch near the colourful fishing boats and listening to the gentle jangle of spinnakers nearby. Moving to Polis, we explored an incredibly old church, which has just been found and is being renovated before stopping at Marios bar, to buy a beer – and be fed constantly in the manner only a true Cypriot does: from village bread  to fresh fruit to Oreos! All as a ”thank you” for stopping by!

The following days were filled with experiencing many seasons, from the snow in the Troodos to the warm sun on the beach at Coral Bay – adding in eating at three of our favourite tavernas in the evenings: Peyia Tavern, Yialos and Geitonia.

I have loved spending time with my sister and nephew: and I’ve loved seeing their joy in the beauty of this area; watching them being so welcomed by friends old and new and experiencing life in this peaceful village.

Reluctantly, they have left today to fly home – but I’m counting my blessings at life here in Peyia and the opportunity to share it with people I love!

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