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U2 360 Tour kicks off loud and high

Not even one day has passed since last night’s concert and YouTube is already featuring the first videos from the tour. U2 are big, loud and kicking as always!

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mastihashop

The idea behind mastihashop is to bring to the public a wide range of goods having as their base ingredient the mastiha of Chios.

From Wikipedia: “Mastichato Chio (Greek: Μαστιχάτο Χίου; Μαστιχά λικέρ; Ούζο Μαστίχας) also known as Chios Masticha, (mastika, mastichat, mastikha, mastiha) and Masticha Ouzo is a Greek smooth mastic-flavored liqueur made out of resin, the Greek brandy based liqueur is native to the Aegean Island Chios, which is widely known for its Tears of Chios Trees. The drink is consumed throughout Greece and it is a related drink to Tsipouro, Tsikoudia (Raki) and Ouzo.”

At the mastihashop you can find bakery goods, gourmet  goods, as well as beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products; all using mastiha.

So next time you are in Greece and you see a mastiha shop you will know what it is all about.

Acropolis Musem is now open

From the The Times: “Chaps, it looks as if we’re running out of arguments. In the long-running dispute over who should have the Elgin Marbles — the exquisite frieze sawn off the Parthenon between 1801 and 1805, and currently housed in the British Museum — the Greeks may have just played the winning card.

Yesterday, Athens saw the official opening of the state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum, almost within touching distance of the monument itself.”

For more information on the museum visit http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/.

U2 360 Tour 2009

Only 11 days are now left until U2 hit the road again and the excitement is soaring; most of their tour’s shows are already sold out.

The band will kick off their 360 tour from Barcelona’s Camp Nou on June 30th, 2009 (sold out) and then will roam through Europe making stops in Italy, France, the UK and Ireland (of course), among other countries. U2 will visit North America around mid-September.

Snow Patrol will be the supporting act for most of the gigs, with Muse and Black Eyed Peas making appearances as well.

(new) Larnaka International Airport trials

If you want to take part in the trials of the new Larnaka International Airport then you can do so by going here and registering yourself.

According to the webpage the selected volunteers will be notified by e-mail and phone, will have the chance to win prizes and will also receive a commemorative gift. (There is your incentive if you want to help).

Trials will take place in September and October, prior to the airport’s official November opening.

Nicosia metro

How would you fancy to see a metro system all around Nicosia? Here is a draft plan.

Nicosia metro

I have no clue who drew this but it seems pretty elaborate and realistic, to say the least. And it would definitely cover all the needs of the capital.

Of course, this is just  a plan, but you never know. Now let’s see a metro for Limassol as well. 🙂

Couchsurfing – travel the world

I came across couchsurfing the other day, while reading an article in Sunday’s Vimamagazino and I have to admit that this is a pretty nifty idea.

You basically register yourself on the couchsurfing website and fill in your profile in as much detail as possible. Then, based on where you want to travel, people will make you offers for having you over. Once the hosts are  agreed and confirmed, it’s travel time…simple as that.

It is, I believe a fun way to meet people and see other countries from a different angle, inside out let’s say.

Last but not least, the site offers certain measures to ensure the safety of its members while traveling to their hosts and vice versa; such as references users give to one another and a verification system confirming the location and identity of users.

Any Cypriot couchsurfers out there?

World Cup 2010 – Cyprus vs. Italy

The 2010 World Cup preliminary games are underway and Cyprus will be hosting Italy this coming Saturday, with the World Cup holders calling some of their big stars for the game. Below is the Italian side’s call-up list.

Goalkeepers: Marco Amelia (Palermo), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray)

Defenders: Andrea Barzagli (Wolfsburg), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Marco Cassetti (AS Roma), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan).

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan).

Forwards: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich).

Summer 2008 – vacation time is near

Can you tell that we are getting in vacation mode? 🙂

I hope you have arranged your vacation plans; there many places to visit, both in Cyprus and abroad and many things to do, so enjoy!

Tour de France 2008

Tour de France 2008 is in full swing these days, until the 27th of July. It is always an exciting tour and year after year it seems to offer to its fans all the thrills they want out of cycling.

For your daily Tour de France fix you can go to the tour’s website from where you can  get overall results, points, maps, weather updates and even buy that yellow jersey. 😀

Cavo Paradiso Radio – summer 2008

If you like your share of dance/electronic music and if you like Cavo Paradiso and the music played by some of the world’s best dj’s there, then this is for you.

Cavo Paradiso Radio of the famous Mykonian club is 24/7 on the internet and you can tune in any time, where you can listen to some groovy beats and sets.

To the idiot in the front seat

Don’t you hate it when you are on  a longhaul flight and then the idiot in the front seat tilts his seat all the way to the back, leaving you no space to eat, watch a movie, etc? Some people are so inconsiderate of others.

I do understand that you want to enjoy your flight but if the person seating behind you is tall or  mentions to you that he cannot see his personal video screen or even eat for that matter, please be courteous enough to bring your seat in a bit of a more upright position. Don’t be an idiot and respect others as well.

Greece under cold weather

From news.ert.gr: “Greece is being hit by one of the strongest cold waves ever, creating problems with its heavy snowfalls, frost, biting cold and gale force winds in the sea. Due to the heavy snowfalls, 20 villages have been cut off in northern Euboea and five in Fokida, while anti-skid chains are a must for vehicles using the biggest part of the country road network in the mainland.”

Christmas in Limassol

Christmas is around the  corner and Limassol seems more like a city, with people strolling around the shops and the beachfront and with streets having more buzz than usual. Hopefully the weather will get a bit more wintery too, to add to the Christmas spirit.

Some of the events running through the holidays can be found on the Limassol Municipality’s website. Enjoy!