We touched down in Cyprus to be met with glorious sunshine and a very nice man called Napoleon (of U2 car rentals) who whisked us off to the villa we're calling home for the next 11 days. Turns out Napoleon, an avid olive oil maker, used to live round the corner from us.
We're staying in Villa Bella (ownersdirect.co.uk ref cy1788) which is inbetween Paphos and Coral Bay. It is absolutely lovely! Its on the end of a small row of villas so is fairly private. With its landscaped gardens, pool and jacuzzi outside and high spec kitchen and lounge area inside its got everything we need.
Days around the villa are never dull. With swim club (run by ourselves) in the morning, we then keep ourselves amused with table tennis, swingball, lounging in the hammock, bobbing around the pool on the numerous lilo's and sitting in the jacuzzi until the afternoon water volleyball tournament starts around 4pm.
The outside bar also comes in handy both throughout the day and of an evening when we're firing up the bbq.
And luckily the full sky package has allowed us not to miss the first double bill of X-factor!
Although it could be very easy to just hideaway here and not leave the villa we do have to go out to stock up the fridge and bar occasionally.
We have also ventured out into Paphos to have a look around the market and Coral Bay to check out the beach. While in Paphos, the Starbucks was spotted so that has now become part of the morning routine too.
On Tuesday we even had visitors round for dinner! It was my mum and her friend Gill who are also on holiday here staying at the Rui Cypria Bay hotel in Paphos.
Last night was our first evening away from the bbq and we'd got a friendly glaswegian taxi driver called John to take us into Coral Bay. After a cocktail in Blazin Saddles cocktail bar we crossed the road and went into Samisen, a Japanese tepenyaki restaurant. We all sat round the hot plate while our chef tossed and chopped our food around the hotplate amid cries of 'woopaaa' 'woopaa'. We all had a go at throwing eggs, catching food in our mouths and trying not to drop the bowls of rice being thrown at us. The food (I had goyoza's and sirloin stripsteak teriyaki) was absolutly delicious and cooked perfectly (the meats were all just how we'd each requested them). It was all in all a fun and entertaining experience.
Another quick drink in Kleo's cocktail bar while waiting for John to pick us up, before being dropped off back at the villa for a few late night rounds of cards (mostly cheat/bulls**t).
I've woken up to another glorious day. The boys are on a Starbucks and supermarket run (I can't believe we've let them go unsupervised!). With the mercury around 30 degrees C already and its only 10am (it topped around 46 yesterday) its now its just a question of deciding what to do first, pool or sunbed??......
|Villa Bella - pre volleyball tournament|