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CYPRUS HERE WE COME!!!
Where is your summer next holiday going to be?
Member Name: lak11
Where is your summer next holiday going to be?
Date: 03/08/10, updated on 10/07/12 (269 review reads)
Advantages: Sun, Sea, Sex on The Beach-the cocktail, of course!
Disadvantages: My dooyoo friends won't be there!
I'm very happy to say that the last few hectic weeks have now gone, leaving me with some time to look forward to my next holiday.
I know most of us lead busy lives, and some cope better than others, but personally I do need a little time to ponder, to plan and think ahead. I get quite stressed when too much is going on BUT, then again, I always need something to look forward to or I tend to become a bit depressed.
I only have one child still at school, in her last year of 6th form, and one at university, and two working. My fourth child is my seventeen year old daughter and, since she was around thirteen, she has kept myself and my husband extremely busy with her singing and drama activities. I do love watching her on stage and she seems to go from strength to strength but July became manic. She has been in competitions, school plays and shows constantly and needs her dad and I (I'm map reader!) to take her to places, which are nearly always south of the river Thames. We live in Essex, North east of London.
Then her stage school's vocal group, 'Step Up choir' made it to the live finals of channel 5's, 'Don't Stop Believing' and we discovered that if they made it to the final it would mean her missing the start of our holiday and having to fly out to Cyprus alone. Or I would have to miss the first few days of my holiday and travel with her, cutting short my holiday and incurring extra expense. Anyway, to cut a long story a little shorter, they didn't get through to the final, although critics seem to think they should have. I am relieved and know the experience was good but...yipee!..My holiday plans can now go ahead!
So the tickets have arrived. I can't wait. Two weeks all inclusive in Paphos, Cyprus.
Five of us are going. Myself, my husband and our daughter, as mentioned, along with our twenty year old son and his girlfriend.
A few years ago we used to have another weeks holiday in October, when we would explore more of the country we visited, as it's not so hot then, and also we would have a couple of weekends away in this country. Nothing costly but a welcome break. I don't go out that much socially so am happy to have these breaks. Now though, along with much of the country, we can't afford this and it will probably only be the one holiday. Because of this I plan to make the most of it!
So the promise of two weeks of sunshine and laziness looms ahead. I booked with Direct Holidays, which is Thomas Cooke's discounted holiday store. The flight is due to take off at seven a.m. so hopefully, we'll arrive in the afternoon, at The Sentido Pafian Sun, with time to unpack and have a swim and a look around. This will be our fourth trip to Cyprus but we haven't stayed at this hotel/complex before. I chose this one as it offered studios and apartments at a reasonable price. We have an apartment with a bedroom and an extra bed in the lounge/kitchen area for my daughter. My son and his girlfriend have a studio with lounge and kitchenette.
I don't think we'll be particularly adventurous as it's extremely hot in Cyprus in August. I expect this to be very much a, 'chill out' holiday. I am anticipating lazy days by the pool, watching the more energetic type play their water polo and volleyball. While they do this I'll sip cold drinks of pineapple or orange juice. I might play a game or two of table tennis and French Boules if I get bored.
When we went on holiday last year we were awaiting my daughter's GCSE results on our return. She was, being that type, very worried about not getting the results she needed. She got great results and was shocked, but this year she will get her A/S level results before we go so hopefully she can have a stress free holiday and celebrate. I have faith in her even if she doesn't.
And my son and his girlfriend have found this year at university hard going, financially and with the weeks of placements near to their Kent university and further weeks in Cornwall, I think they've needed something to look forward to.
I consider my children to be good friends and very supportive of each other, but am hoping they manage to remember this for the two weeks duration of our holiday and their now unusual close proximity.
And when the pool begins to empty and things quieten down, I'll have a cocktail, maybe a Tequilla Sunrise, while we giggle over the names from the menu, such as, probably the most mentioned cocktail, 'sex on the beach' and I'll sip as I watch the sun begin to set.
We'll probably have a day at the water park. I expect the others to get the most out of this but I think for me it will be a case of a few rides on the lazy river and a bob in the wave machine.
I'll buy a large rubber ring, not because I'm very large, but I want to be comfortable! And I'll float around the pool in that and will probably try it out in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
I'm hoping that we will find it cool enough on some evenings to visit the harbour at Paphos, travelling by local bus. The bus service is good in Cyprus and the fare is 1.50 Euros wherever you go. Last year we had a couple of lovely meals sitting by the harbour, watching the lights from the boats reflected in the inky blue, night time, Mediterranean Sea. I remember, last year, talking to a Cypriot proprietress of a restaurant who wanted to visit England and see snow!
I think by reading this you'll tell how much my holiday means to me. I'm grateful to Dooyoo for helping a little with the cost and also giving me hope that I'll be able to save enough money to help pay for a holiday next year, as well.
Summary: Goes so quickly.