Beautiful Barcelona!

Just back from my holidays, where I enjoyed a city break in Barcelona. The temperature, as you would expect at this time of year, was very hot and the humidity was also high – even for a visitor from sunny Cyprus! Despite the crowds, the atmosphere was relaxed and the city was in full bloom…

There was so much to see, and I will be doing a couple of blogs to celebrate the art, architecture and beauty of the city, but I am beginning with a general selection of my photographs, and hopefully you will find the views as interesting as I did!

View from hotel balcony
View from hotel balcony
Placa Catalunya
Placa Catalunya
Statue in Placa Catalunya
Statue in Placa Catalunya
La Rambla
La Rambla
 Indoor Market at La Rambla
Indoor Market at La Rambla
Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral
Interior Placa Catalunya
Interior Barcelona Cathedral
Interior Barcelona Catherdral
Interior Barcelona Cathedral
Habor view from cable car
Habor view from cable car
La Pedrera
La Pedrera
Balcony La Pedrera
Balcony La Pedrera
Placa Reial
Placa Reial
Cheers!
Cheers!

Finikoudes – Larnaca seafront and marina before the tourists arrive!

The seafront is now bustling with tourists and the sun brollies are all up on the beach. I took a couple of pictures of Larnaca while it was quiet back in March, obviously its a lot busier now. I was told recently by a local bus driver that the promenade, Finikoudes, was named after the palm tree which is opposite the police station; I am not sure if this is true, but it is certainly a nice story!

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Spectral Warning by Sonia Kilvington

Delighted to have my ghost story at Pulp Metal Magazine!

PULP METAL MAGAZINE

As she adjusted her white linen cap and carefully smoothed out the

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Wild Montana

When I was younger there always seemed to be a western on TV in the background.  As a little girl if I had been good all day, I got to stay up for an extra hour before bedtime to watch Bonanza or The High Chaparral. It was an innocent time, when no-one even questioned why our heroes were shooting at the Indians… that’s just the way it was; and someone had to be the bad guy.

As a teenager I moved on to Alas Smith and Jones, and what fun they had cracking safes and robbing trains! Eventually I becoming a fan of the coolest guy to ever wear a cowboy hat; the amazing Clint Eastwood, who is said, never to have had that poncho washed for the entire spaghetti western series… just to keep in character.  imagine how  uncomfortable that was, in all of that heat?

So my love of guys in cowboy hats continues to this day, but it all began with a certain mister Gable and one of my all-time favourite movies, Boomtown with Claudette Colbert and Spencer ‘nice- but totally resistible’ Tracey. But enough of this waffle! Here is my own cowboy themed poem Wild Montana…

Wild Montana

Here in the present,

Living in the past,

Last week,

Thursday,

Back there again,

Waiting,

For the sarcasm to start.

Her spiteful eyes, gleaming,

Vicious mouth screaming,

Wife, life, wife.

My lover, he says,

He’s leaving for Montana.

Abandoned yet again!

My life is secretly suspended,

While waiting for his calls.

Not long now, he murmurs,

But, she glares back,

Feverish with fury,

Destroying the last seconds,

Whilst he’s still with me.

I think of Montana,

Wild and untamed.

Seeing photos he sends me,

I feel a little closer,

Knowing,

He’s out there –

Drinking and riding,

Wild horses and women,

Like Clark Gable –

Without a cowboy hat.

He calls me, desperately;

Needing money to escape,

Will he really leave her?

Naturally, he says.

And for a split second,

I believe him,

Buying back into the old dream,

Of wild, untamed Montana:

It feels a lot like love,

But it’s as real as his cowboy hat.

First published in contemporary Literary Horizon 2014 in English & Romanian