A Postcard from Northern Cyprus: Famagusta/Gazimagusa

“All ships and all wares must needs come first to Famagusta.” (14th century German traveller) What a place this port city must have been back then – enclosed within its 2 miles of walls and its moat. Imagine the babble of tongues – Greek, Arabic, French, Hebrew, Italian – as Crusaders, merchants and armies passed […]

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A Postcard from Northern Cyprus: Kyrenia/Girne

Yes – I do mean the ‘Turkish’ bit – The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to be exact. Getting there is a tad less convenient than its southern counterpart but well worth the effort as you will see… The island of Cyprus gained its independence from Britain in 1960. The constitution guaranteed a degree of […]

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VISITING CYPRUS? 5 FAVOURITES (FROM A FIRST-TIMER’S PERSPECTIVE!) #5 PAPHOS

Paphos – birthplace of Aphrodite. I’m not sure what she’d think of the resort that has sprung up around her mythical home but, amidst the hotels, bars, shops and restaurants, there is still enough charm in this 12017 European City of Culture to hold your attention for a few days at least… Kato Paphos Archaeological […]

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VISITING CYPRUS? 5 FAVOURITES (FROM A FIRST-TIMER’S PERSPECTIVE!) #3 NICOSIA 

Nicosia is different. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other island nation where the capital city is not on the coast and – more significantly – this is the last divided capital on the planet…. Cyprus might be a hugely popular sun destination, but most visitors shun Nicosia and stick […]

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