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A View From Both Sides

Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | Views [573]

SALAMIS BEHIND US AND A BLEAK WEATHER FORECAST ahead, we decided to return the car early and hole up back in Nicosia where we could enjoy the comforts of the Centrum and the amenities of Ledra Street while we mused on our time in Cyprus.  Certainly ... Read more >

Ancient Salamis

Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | Views [999]

FAMAGUSTA, OR MAGUSA, THOUGH IN THE NORTH, sits near the border.  Too close, actually, as it turns out.  All of the hotels listed on booking.com for Famagusta are actually on the Republic side of the Green Line, something the website failed ... Read more >

Kyrenia, aka Girne

Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | Views [531]

THERE IS NO REASON TO HAVE A CAR IN NICOSIA, in fact, you wouldn’t want one.  There is no place to park within the city walls, most of the streets are one-way, usually in the wrong direction and insurance on cars rented in the South isn’... Read more >

Nicosia: It's Complicated

Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | Views [1292]

TO SAY THAT UNDERSTANDING CYPRUS IS COMPLICATED is the understatement of the year.  The island, which has been coveted for thousands of years for its strategic location, has had three main suitors since 1878 — Greece, Turkey and Great Britain.... Read more >

Photos: Norhtern Cyprus

Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Ancient Kourion

Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | Views [480]

WE COMPLETELY MISSED ANCIENT KOURION during our stay in Lemeso, concentrating instead on the Byzantine painted churches around Troodos.  So we made amends on our way back from Pofos to Nicosia.     Christian Basilica ... Read more >

Cyprus R&R

Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | Views [466]

WHETHER YOU ARE TRAVELING FOR FIVE YEARS OR TWO WEEKS, it is important to take a break once in a while, a vacation from your vacation as it were.  Which is how we found ourselves 40 kilometers north of Pafos, near Polis for a three-day R&... Read more >

Roman Mosaics and Royal Tombs of Pafos

Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | Views [714]

IT ISN’T VERY LIKELY WE WILL EVER HAVE THE CHANCE to see the Roman mosaics in Syria or Iran.  But we have been fortunate to see four of the best Roman mosaics — Madaba in Jordan, Ravenna in Italy, Bardo in Tunisia and today, Pafos. ... Read more >

Painted Churches of Troodos

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | Views [416]

WE FIRST BECAME INTERESTED IN BYZANTINE FRESCOS in Turkey and Serbia, and Cyprus, we learned, has its share, too, the “painted churches of Troodos.”  This World Heritage Site consists of ten difficult to reach villages scattered in ... Read more >

The Neolithic Village of Choirokoitia

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | Views [491]

THE NEOLITHIC FOLKS WHO BUILT CHOIROKOITIA DIDN’T have an Arthur Evans to dream up a sexy name for their civilization like he did with the Minoans.  What they did have was the first human settlement on Cyprus, complete with a hillside village ... Read more >

Welcome to Cyprus

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | Views [377]

VISITING A COUNTRY FOR THE FIRST TIME IS ALWAYS an adventure.  Especially when you know virtually nothing about the place.  We were not certain if Cyprus was a country and not part of Greece.  We even had to check at the airport to ... Read more >

Photos: Cyprus

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | Photo Gallery

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