Disappointed by the infinity pool

20 Mar

Here is today’s IDEAfit photo a day image for Spring:

Flower buds always make me think of spring

Flower buds always make me think of spring

Thursday was my first full day in Paphos and I was up bright and early, ready to go out for a run with Fiona.

Selfie before my first run in Paphos

Selfie before my first run in Paphos

I was excited about the good weather and the opportunity to explore… and was also enjoying the fact that there was no pressure on me to run fast as Fiona hasn’t run for a little while.

Mary decide to join us as she is also a keen runner, but she had to be back at the hotel earlier than us as her presentation was scheduled for the morning.

We started out by running for 1 minute before walking for a minute, but Fiona felt that she could push a bit harder, so we ran for 1:30 before walking for a minute. By the time that we reached the end of the marina, Mary had to turn around, but Fiona and I wanted to carry on along the coast path for a little bit. I thought that we could head to the lighthouse and jog around it, but I hadn’t realised that it was in a fenced off area. It looked beautiful in the morning sun, so we stopped for some photos:

First run in Paphos

First run in Paphos

To the Lighthouse...

To the Lighthouse…

Doesn’t it look gorgeous?

The path narrowed, so Fiona and I decided to head back around on a path that seemed to be parallel to the marina. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get that right, but ended up running further inland, where we saw some interesting buildings including this attractive church.

A local church

A local church

It was getting hot and Fiona was starting to flag as we had covered 6km when our hotel came into view. For someone who hasn’t run for a while, I think she did brilliantly.

As we entered the hotel from a gate that we were unfamiliar with, we decided to explore the grounds and find the infinity pool that we had seen on the website. When we located it, we felt terribly disappointed as it only seemed to be knee-deep and had some algae in it – definitely not the luxurious pool that we had been anticipating.

The infinity pool?

The infinity pool?

Another selfie!

Another selfie!

We headed back to the main pool area in front of the hotel and stopped for a stretch.

Stretching

Stretching

Then we decided to get some breakfast to eat outside in the sun, before heading back to our rooms to shower and change. The food that was on offer was delicious. I had some Greek yoghurt with peaches, kiwi fruit, dates and almonds.

Healthy breakfast

Healthy breakfast

After that, we had a day of work, which was punctuated by tea-breaks in the sunshine.

Work

Work

Then when the conference had finished, our colleagues pointed out that we had simply found a water feature and not the infinity pool. The real pool was stunning!

The real infinity pool

The real infinity pool

My work colleagues

My work colleagues

We headed back to our rooms to change before trying the pool out. It wasn’t heated, so I didn’t stay too long before heading to the indoor pool. By the time we had finished swimming, the sun was setting and looked amazing.

Sunset

Sunset

My first full day in Cyprus was very busy, but extremely enjoyable. I’d love to go back there for a holiday at some stage.

 

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