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England's Top Green Places you will Fall in Love with!

If you believe that it's just not the right time to fall in love or if you are not "emotionally available", as most women say to avoid dating a guy they don't particularly like, then you better stop reading this article here and don't say we didn't warn you!

To all the travellers that admire and appreciate the real landscape beauty here are all the locations in England you will most likely fall deeply in love with:
1. Dorset
2. Lake District, Cumbria
3. Liverpool
4. Staffordshire
5. Winning Wiltshire
6. Subtle Suffolk
7. North Nottinghamshire

The village of Pyla

Pyla is considered as one of the most ancient villages in Cyprus since it is inhabited from the early and the middle coper era. It is located just 12 kilometers away from Larnaca (Northeast). The village osculates with the Turkish sector. Consequently, there are two entrances to the village. The first from the legal part of the island and the other from the occupied areas.

It is said that the village was named after the greek word “pyli”, that stands for the word “entrance”. This theory is supported due to the fact that the village is a natural entrance to the valley of Mesaoria that is situated near the North. The second theory is that the village took its name by the ancient settlement of “Pyla” that existed there.

The village is divided into three zones. The first one is the traditional core of the village, also known as dead zone. There are approximately 1400 Greekcypriots and 500 Tukishcypriots living within the first zone. The second zone is the touristic one. There are 1000 permanent citizens living in the second zone but the population rises during the summer because of the touristic facilities that are set in the zone. The last zone remains unpopulated since is near the British sovereign bases and it is mainly used for agricultural purposes.

Entertainment in village includes a cultural center, traditional coffee shops, sports clubs, parks, hotels, cafeterias, bars and clubs. Especially during summer, the village becomes crowded and this is the ideal season for you to visit it.

Do not miss the points of interest. The village has three churches and three chapels. The three churches are those of “Panayia”, “Archaggelos Michael” and “Ayios Georgios”. The chapels are those of “Ayios Eustathios”, “Timios Stavros” and “Achentrikas”.

Before leaving the village, do not forget to pay a visit at the archaeological sites of Pyla, the Venetian castle and the king tomb.

Source: Heart cyprus.

Coffee culture of Cyprus and the brand wars to win business

This drug can turn a profit in a recession, chill the otherwise stressed island people and it's responsible for many hours of idle talk. Yes COFFEE is the drug that I am speaking of!

During the boom years of Cyprus all the major brand names and/or franchises such as Costa Coffee (UK), Starbucks (US), Flo Cafe (Greece), Gloria Jeans (Australia), Coffee Beanery (US), Segafredo (Italy), Illy (Italy), Caffe Nero (UK) and their many copies, actually convinced the population at large in Cyprus that a simple Coffee (however dressed) could or should cost as much as 5 euro. What's more astonishing, is that they got away with it for such a long time and Cypriots/Expats alike were literally  hooked on a Coffee Budget of up to 10 euro per day!

They applied every trick in the book by confusing us with sizes, when small became > large, medium became > extra large (the unusual norm) and large turned into a well, soup bowl! Intense marketing, comfy sofas, wooden decking on the balcony, fancy umbrellas and fake claims of sustainability, all duped us into buying more Coffee than we really needed.

Then came the recession, which started to hit the peoples pocket in 2012 and then it exploded in 2013. Suddenly, even that overly sugary Frappuccino or luxury Frape was at risk of being cut from the dwindling expenses of the average Cypriot household.

The major franchises stuck with their unsustainable prices for as long as they could, to squeeze tevery last drop of money. Occasional special offers and discounts appeared on the market and the people kept drink Coffee to moan about the financial crisis.

Then enter the new wave of Coffee Houses, that understand all the people really wanted was a combination of a decent place to sit outside (perhaps to combine with smoking), quality coffee and a reasonable price, which is easy enough to deliver, as the mark ups are so huge!

All of a sudden here in Larnaca we saw even more trendy Cafe bars opening everywhere, from Ermou Square to Makarios Avenue and of course Finikoudes. Coffee Island (Greece) has already relatively recently opened 7 outlets in Larnaca alone (same as Limassol). In Nocosia they operate 15 outlets and it's easier to partner with them. 

Coffee Island and to a lesser extent Lavazza have understood the pulse of the people by meeting the above mentioned criteria for a decent Coffee in a recession. Many other small individual Coffee businesses have also opened too and the market is going crazy at present (all be at lower prices) even in a recession, such is the love of the Coffee culture among all Cypriots. 

Bus drivers still striking in Larnaca

LARNACA bus drivers, who staged a strike on Monday, were set to continue their action on Tuesday after negotiations failed to find common ground on their demands.

Drivers had asked the company, Zenon, to at least satisfy three of their most pressing demands – permanency, routes and work cards, and contributions to the social insurance and provident funds – in return for an end to the strike.

The company made some staff permanent and issued cheques for the various funds, but had asked for three days to respond to the other demand.

Workers said they could not give a three-day extension and decided to continue their strike.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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