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June 30, 2014

The story behind the story.

After Marie and her husband Alan returned from a holiday in Cyprus to Aphrodite Hills near Paphos, she was on a mission to return there as soon as possible.

And so that became our next assignment – which to achieve, meant we would need to find at least 3 homes in Cyprus to shoot, that the Editors of the various UK magazines would then want to use – if we where to succeed in meeting our goal here… which is obviously to make money doing this wink

So based on us managing to come back with 3 sets of images, which would then get used by 3 national magazines and 3 local magazines, then no problems at all – as that would more than cover our basic costs.

Easy!

Well not as easy as it would appear of course – but nevertheless Marie was on a mission here – and so before I knew, it the flights were booked.

Anyway, as chance has it, the night before we were about to flight out, there was a party at my old school – the Royal Belfast Academical Institution or INST as we called it – as the current swim team had just won the Bath Cup for the first time since I captained their first winning team back in 1979 – which is another story wink

Anyway, we all had a great night-out remembering old times, as well as congratulating the members of the current winning team – and of course my old swim coach, Con O’Callaghan, was there smiling as always…
Members of the 1979 and the 2006 RBAI swimming teams who won the Bath Cup and the Otter cup with Con O'Callaghan.
.. and asked naturally what we were all currently doing.

So I mention we were about to leave for Cyprus in the morning, to shoot some of the villas at Aphrodite Hills, etc.

Well it turns out he had just returned from here – as his son John, who was also a very good swimmer, had recently bought a villa there – and that his daughter, Karen and her husband would also be flying out tomorrow too, on the same flight as us, to stay for a week.

Wow – we’ve got ourselves a home – and an Irish connection too – which is even better smile

So that’s the story behind this story here – which a few days later we went to shoot – and this was their villa…
John O'Callaghan's villa called 'Villa Thalia' at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. at the 5 Star Aphrodite Hills, nestled in the hills above Paphos in Cyprus.

Which is were we meet Karen and her husband…
Karen and her husband in Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. enjoying all the comforts of home – as well as the sort of things one doesn’t see often back in Ireland, such as this…
Out at the pool at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. or this…
Table setting out at the pool at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. out by the pool.

Beautifully decorated inside – and so for Marie and me this didn’t take long to shoot…
Dinning table area at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. however, a wee bit of styling and lighting was still naturally required…
Guest bedroom at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. just to be to sure it was right for those magazines we were aiming for – especially the national ones, as the standard of photography in those is pretty high.

Anyway, we finished up early as a result- however, I returned later to catch the sun at the back of the villa, only to find Karen and her husband out in the pool enjoying the last of the sun…
Karen and her husband in the pool outside Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. so naturally the Hasselblad was out again to capture that – and then I waited for it to go dark, before capturing this final night time image…
The swimming pool at night outside Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. which I think was my favourite, being an ex-swimmer and all of that – as it really did say: I want to be there smile

Anyway, the main reason why I’m writing about this one now, is because like Tia’s villa which I talked about here a few days ago: Living la Dolce Vita – this one is about to be featured again too, after all these years.
And on top of that, John has recently been in touch to say he now wants to rent Villa Thalia out – so has asked for the use of these images too – which he is currently using on his newly designed website here…
Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. should you be interested in a wee holiday to this most beautiful part of the world – which Marie & I can personally recommend smile

So there you have, the story behind the story on this one – which you will be able to see and read more about in next month’s Ireland Homes Interiors & Living magazine – which should be out next week.

Mission accomplished Marie – so that just leaves me to say a big Thank You to everyone involved here and especially to the O’Callaghan family – not forgetting Con, who once again after all these years, pointed me towards a great pool smile

Thank you – from Marie & me remembering our time at the beautiful Villa Thalia in Cyprus.

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4 Comments »

  1. Featured in the August 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
    Mediterranean Charm - Pages 82 to 94 of the August 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring John O'Callaghan's villa called 'Villa Thalia' at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
    .. on pages 82 to 94.

    Pingback by Wow, Wow and triple Wow! | Ashley Morrison's Blog — July 2, 2014 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

    • Featured in the May 2007 issue of Real Homes magazine…
      Pages 162 to 166 in the May 2007 issue of Real Homes magazine featuring John O'Callaghan's villa called 'Villa Thalia' at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
      .. on pages 162 to 166.

      Comment by Ashley Morrison — October 11, 2014 @ 7:04 am | Reply

      • Featured in the September 2007 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine…
        Pages 66 to 74 in the September 2007 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring John O'Callaghan's villa called 'Villa Thalia' at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
        .. on pages 66 to 74.

        Comment by Ashley Morrison — October 11, 2014 @ 7:08 am

      • Featured by Karen Robinson in The Sunday Times newspaper…
        Feature by Karen Robinson in The Sunday Times newspaper on the 16th of March 2008 which used the pool image from John O'Callaghan's villa called 'Villa Thalia' at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
        .. on the 16th of March 2008.

        Comment by Ashley Morrison — October 11, 2014 @ 7:11 am


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