1st March – spring is finally here at last!

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Spring is here at last and for those of us unfortunate to be in the UK we’ve seen some of the worst weather on record however if you’ve been in the sunshine paradise I like to call Cyprus then you enjoyed a prolonged summer with temperatures of 30 degrees well into November – you lucky things!

Anyway today we had the first day of spring in the UK today with unbroken blue skies and bright sunshine all day – first this year.  Felt so great especially as everyone seemed in such a good mood!

Spring has also sprung in Paphos as plants are beginning to flower, there are buds on the trees and it’s already enjoying daytime temperatures of 18 degrees.

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Maybe time to start thinking about booking that spring break or summer holiday?

If you plan to be in Cyprus next week then don’t miss joining in with the celebrations of Green Monday on 7th March.

Green Monday marks the beginning of Lent and is celebrated in Cyprus with picnics, outdoor fun and plenty of music and dancing. The day is filled with the spirit of Carnival and some people still wander around in fancy dress.

Families and friends gather for an outdoor vegetarian meal of bread, vegetables and olives at the start of this Orthodox festival of fasting and contemplation.

In Paphos, a kite-flying competition takes place down by the lighthouse just off Tomb of the Kings road.  People of all ages fly home-made or locally purchased kites and it’s a magically colourful sight to be seen.

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Celebrate Green Monday in Agia Napa at Cape Gkreko, in Larnaka at Tekke Grove, in Paphos at Faros Beach, in Pervolia (Larnaka District) at the Rigena Medieval Tower and in Polis at the Polis Municipal Beach.

It’s festival time – let’s party on the island of sunshine!

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It’s nearly that time of the year again.  Dust off your dancing shoes, collect the party dress from the dry cleaners and get your flight to Paphos booked quickly…

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The annual Cypriot Carnival in Limassol begins on 21st February and the celebrations continue for a two week period extending out along the west coast as far as Paphos.

The carnival in Cyprus means a near two-week period of celebrations with a focus on food, before the 50 days of Easter. Limassol hosts the most popular celebration, while Larnaka and Paphos offer impressive parades and fancy dress balls.

The first week is called Meat Week (Kreatini) and is the last week to eat as much meat as you can before Lent begins. The second week is known as the cheese week (Tyrini).

Accompanying all the eating are the entrance of King Carnival, the Children’s Carnival Parade, the Serenaders’ Parade and the Grand Carnival Parade of chariots and groups.

Limassol carnival dates are from 21st February – 6th March 2011 for more information click here http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/carnival/eng/index.html

Looking for a place to stay why not book Bella for your stay that way you can enjoy the party and hustle bustle of the carnival then relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Paphos/ Coral Bay.

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Email me at bellavista2010@hotmail.co.uk to check availability of dates.