Lights and Magic

I’ve already said this so many times, but I really can’t believe we are two months away from 2021. The shops have already started putting Christmas decorations, but in my mind, Christmas is still far away. But well, the reality is this. In less than two months, it will be Christmas time. Due to theContinue reading “Lights and Magic”

Photo of the day: Mount Troodos

Mount Troodos is the tallest mountain in Cyprus. In summer, it gives cool temperatures and most Cypriots escape there to avoid the scorching hot weather. In winter the top of the hills are covered with white snow and everyone can enjoy building a snowman, playing snowball or even skiing and snowboarding. Furthermore, Troodos has hundredsContinue reading “Photo of the day: Mount Troodos”

Walking Tours: Bratislava

I know we are living at a time travel guides are kind of meaningless since we cannot travel at the moment, but here is a rough guide on the free walking tour in Bratislava, Slovakia. Traveling to another country means exploring and discovering new cultures, monuments, history, and lifestyle. The tourism industry is full ofContinue reading “Walking Tours: Bratislava”

Kings and Queens

One thing I love about the UK (and most of Europe) is the gorgeous castles that adorn the entire country. Whether you are in a little town or a big city, there is at least one castle, or if not a castle, a huge mansion that could easily pass as a castle. In 2013 whenContinue reading “Kings and Queens”

Photo of the day: Sunderland

When I was 5, I went on my first journey abroad. Until today I remember the entire trip, from the feeling of being in an airport to being in the air and then landing, taking a train, and experiencing a completely different culture, language, and country. My first trip was in the UK, which nowContinue reading “Photo of the day: Sunderland”

Peacefulness

As the UK is getting ready to go back in lockdown tomorrow, most people rushed to go for one last time for the next month, at least, to a restaurant, a pub, or just for a coffee. However, what I needed were peace and rest. I needed some time outdoors to clear my mind andContinue reading “Peacefulness”

The Abandoned Hotel of Berengaria

At the highest point of the mountain of Troodos in Cyprus, hidden in tall pine trees, you’ll come across the mysterious and once upon a time luxurious hotel of Berengaria. The hotel opened in 1931, and it was the jewel of Cyprus. It was a luxurious hotel that hosted Kings, Presidents, and top businessmen. BerengariaContinue reading “The Abandoned Hotel of Berengaria”

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cyprus

1. Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea Tourists love the scorching temperatures of July and August. Furthermore, Cyprus’s clear sea is undoubtedly the attraction nobody can’t deny its beauty. The crystal-clear blue waters, the golden sandy beaches, the remarkable sea caves, and rocky shores are brilliant and admired both by locals and tourists. 2. Crazy PartiesContinue reading “7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cyprus”

Photo of the day: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a magical city, and during Christmas time, the magic comes to life. It is a beautiful city. In general, Scotland is absolutely fantastic. While in Edinburgh, I felt I was in a different country. The architecture, the streets, the people, everything felt different from England, but in a good way. I believe EdinburghContinue reading “Photo of the day: Edinburgh”

Up in the air

So it seems in the UK another lockdown is starting on Wednesday midnight. Not to say that I had big plans for November, but knowing we’ll have to isolate again it feels suffocating. It’s supposed to be only for four weeks but I doubt it greatly. Furthermore, I would love to travel for Christmas, butContinue reading “Up in the air”

Photo of the day: Bratislava

Bratislava is a hidden little gem in central Europe. It is Slovakia’s capital, and although it is perhaps one of the smallest capitals in Europe, it offers incredible sights. The colourful medieval streets, the cathedrals of various architectural styles, as well as the remains of the communist era, such as the UFO bridge, are extraordinaryContinue reading “Photo of the day: Bratislava”

Time is an illusion

I can’t believe that 8 months ago I was in London. At the beginning of 2020, I decided to move to the UK for a better future. But unfortunately, my timing couldn’t be worse. In March, I was still in London, and the situation was getting terrible. Luckily just before lockdown, I had moved toContinue reading “Time is an illusion”

Crossroads

People are full of questions, and often there are multiple answers. It is only natural sometimes, we have huge dilemmas. But surprisingly, nature gives us plenty of crossroads. That is both a curse and a blessing. It can be seen as a negative thing because we have to choose and leave something behind, or itContinue reading “Crossroads”

Mikulov: a photo story

Mikulov is a small town in Breclav District in the South Moravian region and it borders Austria. It may be a small town but it has a significant part in Czech Republic’s history. In the more recent history of the country, Mikulov had a significant amount of Jewish population who during War World 2 wereContinue reading “Mikulov: a photo story”

Bournemouth Pier: a photo story

Sometimes you only have a short walk but you are so fascinated by the view you can’t stop taking photos. During my visit at Bournemouth I just couldn’t stop taking photos of the beautiful sea and the pier. It was a windy day but it was beautiful. Enjoy! Thanks for reading 😀

Serenity

I may be a sea lover, but I can’t deny the beauty of the mountains. Switzerland offers some of the most incredible views in the world. This is Lenzerheide, the best place for swimming with snowy mountain peeks as a view. The calm waves of the lake, the warm breeze, and the people celebrating summer,Continue reading “Serenity”

Nostalgia

I guess I feel nostalgic today. Perhaps the rainy weather in England makes me feel homesick. Mostly, I miss the warm temperatures of Cyprus and the beautiful sea. I miss going for a swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As a child, my family would go to Cape Greco. That includesContinue reading “Nostalgia”

Floating

Here in the UK for the last week, it has been raining non-stop. It seems like winter is getting closer and closer. And that’s so frustrating thinking how this year most of us didn’t have the chance to enjoy summer. Nevertheless, colder temperatures already started taking over the UK, and rain is a constant reminderContinue reading “Floating”

People being humans

The current situation in the world showed us how no matter our background, lifestyle, status etc. we are all humans with the same bodies, minds, souls, and spirits. It is easy to forget what it means being a human but I believe travelling does give us the opportunity to rediscover humanity. Advance technology and globalizationContinue reading “People being humans”

Photo of the day: Lisbon

Lisbon is one of my favourites cities in Europe. I felt that Lisbon is a good balance for a luxurious and a casual vacation. Strolling around the street of the city you get to experience the beauty of the colourful azulejos in every building and the ordinary life of the people. At Lisbon you canContinue reading “Photo of the day: Lisbon”

Light and Rain

My trip to China was full of surprises. It was a three-week trip of living in traditional hostels, a 5-star hotel for free, watch a performance from monks and nuns, join an only-Chinese tour at the Great Wall, have a night out with only locals and join a family dinner, and lastly experience a typhoon.Continue reading “Light and Rain”

Greetings

Hello everyone, I’ve been posting on Stories of Yesterday for a while now, but I never really introduced myself. So, greetings everyone, my name is Lydia, I am 26 years old, and I am from Cyprus. At the age of 18, I moved to Leeds in the UK for my studies. I then decided toContinue reading “Greetings”

English lifestyle

Growing up, depending on our environment, we gain certain stereotypes. Sometimes they are positive and others negative. As a child, I remember seeing England as the country of red. All the pictures of England would show the red buses, the red telephone booths, and the red-brick houses. Although these are indeed very stereotypical when inContinue reading “English lifestyle”

Photo of the day: Empty

Fig tree bay is one of the most popular beaches in Cyrus. It has been awarder as one of the best in Europe several times. It has beautiful azure waters, and soft white sand. During summer it is a struggle to find space at this fantastic beach. It is always packed with tourists. However, inContinue reading “Photo of the day: Empty”

Ordinary Life

A few years ago I participated at a volunteering project in a small city of South Korea. I spent almost three weeks in the fantastic country of South Korea yet I didn’t had much time to explore the more touristic places of the country. However, I was able to experience the country of the simpleContinue reading “Ordinary Life”

Photo of the day: Krakow

A few yeas ago I went on a solo trip to Krakow, Poland for a weekend. It was a very short trip but it was fantastic. Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. It is a very historical city in Poland and thankfully compare to others many historical monuments are stillContinue reading “Photo of the day: Krakow”

Sunset

There are two different types of people in this world, sunrise lovers and sunset lovers. I am one of the latter. I love sunsets. It represents the end of a day thus, the end of a cycle. They give me the feeling of accomplishment and completeness. How about you what do you prefer? Sunrise orContinue reading “Sunset”

Buy my a coffee

Hello dear people! I’ve been receiving a lot of love lately and I am very grateful for all your support If you like my content and would like to support me you can buy me a coffee:) It would only motivate me further to work hard to give you better content and achieve my dreams!Continue reading “Buy my a coffee”

Top 7 Cyprus: travel like a local

Hello everyone, Today I took another step in my travel writing career. I published my first eBook and I would be very grateful if you could support me. Cyprus is a popular destination and the reasons tourists visit Cyprus are a combination of climate, culture, and history. In this eBook we will be discussing theContinue reading “Top 7 Cyprus: travel like a local”

The lonely tree

In the area of Cape Greco in Cyprus, there is a tree that could easily be the most photographed tree on the island. Unfortunately, climate change is affecting greatly Cyprus. Long droughts have been ongoing thus, all trees in Cyprus are precious. This particular tree might not look spectacular but being one of only treesContinue reading “The lonely tree”

Back in time

One of my favourite things when travelling to a new city or country is to explore their museums. I am a history lover so when I visit a new place I like to at least learn a little bit of their history and culture. It is another way to understand better the country’s lifestyle andContinue reading “Back in time”

Road trip

Sometimes people have the need to escape. Life can become unnecessarily overwhelming and suffocating. Same people, same space, same food, same places. It becomes boring. Thus, people enjoy travelling. Travelling is about exploring new places, or even new lifestyles and cultures. But most importantly travelling is about getting out of your comfort zone and havingContinue reading “Road trip”

Brno: a photo story

A year ago I was still living in the city of Brno. I lived at Brno for about three years, thus, I have many stories from Brno and I can’t really tell my entire story of my stay there in one photo story. But I would like to portray my love for this amazing cityContinue reading “Brno: a photo story”

Cesky Krumlov: a photo story

Last year in March 2019, with two friends, I went on a little exploration trip. We went to the small town of Cesky Krumlov in the South Bohemia region. It is a beautiful and picturesque town, the moment you step into the town’s centre, you’re transported into a fairy tale. I would say it isContinue reading “Cesky Krumlov: a photo story”

Photo of the day: Leeds

My journey of exploring, discovering, understanding, and maturing, started in the city of Leeds in the United Kingdom. I lived in Leeds as a university student, and I had four fantastic years there. I met people from all over the world, I enjoyed various parties, concerts, or other events. I got to learn many thingsContinue reading “Photo of the day: Leeds”

Photo of the day: Cyprus

Today, is the independence day of Cyprus, so I decided to dedicat this day to my beautiful country. The picture above is of the church of Ayios Mamas. It is located at the village of Ayios Sozomenos which has been abandoned after the war in 1974. The reason I’m posting this picture on this dayContinue reading “Photo of the day: Cyprus”

Photo of the day: Olomouc

The picturesque city of Olomouc is located in the Moravian region of Czech Republic. It is a historical city in the country and was once the capital of Moravia. Nowadays, it is a touristic hub with various attractions. There are several religious monuments such as the Holy Trinity Column which is part of the UNESCOContinue reading “Photo of the day: Olomouc”

Photo of the day: Home

Lately, I’ve been feeling nostalgic and homesick. Last December I took the decision to leave my place in Czech Republic and move to the United Kingdom. Therefore, I didn’t go back home to Cyprus for Christmas to pack everything and prepare for my departure from Brno, the city I was living at for 3 years.Continue reading “Photo of the day: Home”

Ghana: a photo story

A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana as an intern for a research project. I spent about two months and got to visit different areas of the coast line of the country. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Everything felt different but beautiful. Here isContinue reading “Ghana: a photo story”

Feelings

The weather is finally getting cold, rainy, and windy. I believe autumn always gives us feelings of nostalgia, depression, sorrow, emptiness or even a feeling of escaping our lives. I guess it depends from each person’s mood and lifestyle. To be fair, I love rain and autumn but at the same time during rainy daysContinue reading “Feelings”

Acceptance

This post is not about travelling but rather a personal essay of my experience of understanding and accepting myself. However, while this is not about travelling, my journey to discovering myself is linked to travelling. Specifically, it is connected with getting to know other cultures and people, who helped me manifest myself with their storiesContinue reading “Acceptance”

Explore. Discover. Learn.

In 2015 I had the chance to travel to China. For sure many wish to explore the vast country of China, to walk at the Great Wall, to visit the Forbidden City, to explore the Shaolin temple or to witness the greatness of the Longmen Grottoes. Undoubtedly there are so many historical and cultural attractionsContinue reading “Explore. Discover. Learn.”

Love is the key

On a different post I both criticised and praised volunteering tourism. I still stand by the opinion that often volunteering created harmful results rather than positive. Yet, from my experience I believe that volunteering can teach people of love, understanding, respect, and hope. This post is of how I came to learn that love alwaysContinue reading “Love is the key”

Volunteering Tourism

When I was a university student in the UK, many organisations would often promote volunteering abroad. Indeed, volunteering is perceived as a good act, and most people do it out of their hearts’ goodness. However, I believe volunteering sometimes brings harm rather than positive results. For instance, an 18-year-old goes to help at an orphanageContinue reading “Volunteering Tourism”

Troodos: The Highest Mountain in Cyprus

Everyone knows Cyprus as an exotic island with breath-taking sandy beaches and hot burning sun. Perfect for vacations and holidays to bathe in turquoise waters, built mini castles in the white sand of the beautiful beaches, and get a golden tan. But, Cyprus is not only about the sea. Cyprus, also has the mountain rangeContinue reading “Troodos: The Highest Mountain in Cyprus”

Shades of Yellow

Often the moment September arrives, people from being sunny, smiling people turn into depressing turtles. Everything feels slower, and people want to just stay at home and feel warm. But I feel like September, and autumn, in general, is perhaps one of the prettiest times during the year. The cities and forests get beautiful yellowContinue reading “Shades of Yellow”

Unexpected beauty

Sometimes the best things you’ll discover while travelling are random and unexpected places. You are merely walking around a street and unexpectedly you stumble upon the best view of the entire city. Or perhaps out of the blue you find some interesting art, statue or some sort of decoration. I just love random things youContinue reading “Unexpected beauty”

Positive Energy

Often school, work, expectations, and obligations consume our spirit and happiness to a degree of forgetting to smile. Sometimes it is rather difficult to find positive energy when you’re cooped up in four walls every day. For this reason, people seek different ways to release stress. For some, the best way is reading a bookContinue reading “Positive Energy”

Window to life

Often people feel so suffocated by their lives they forget to breathe. In literacy, or even in movies when a character is overwhelmed, we see them gazing out of the window and being a deep thought. A window can be a glimpse to our desired life. In a literally way, it is our source ofContinue reading “Window to life”

Street performers

Exploring new cities and strolling around unknown streets can be very fascinating with street performers. Just imagine walking on Prague’s famous Charles bridge and you hear “Imagine” on the background. Or you are at the Eiffel tower and several artists create their versions of the tower on their canvas. Art is certainly beautiful and oftenContinue reading “Street performers”