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Nov 30, 2018 - We'll Be Back Cyprus!

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Cyprus chapter Larnaca & The South has to say about the Salt Lake outside of Larnaca: “During winter this protected reserve fills with rainwater, creating an important migratory habitat for flamingos, wild ducks and waterfowl. As summer approaches the waters slowly dry up and the birds leave. They are replaced by a crusty layer of salt, and heat waves bounce and shimmer off its white surface. A nature trail that threads along the eastern bank is great for bird watching in spring....

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Nov 29, 2018 - The Second Tomb of Saint Lazarus

In the New Testament gospel of St. John, Jesus raised from the dead a man known as Lazarus of Bethany. This man moved to and lived for 30 years in Cyprus, in part as the island’s bishop. He was canonized as St. Lazarus. Around 890 AD Emperor Leo VI built Agios Lazaros Church. over the (second) tomb of Lazarus of Bethany. The stone church is considered the best example of Byzantine (aka the Eastern Roman Empire) architecture and baroque woodwork. The ornate carved and painted wooden alter was warmly lit by candles reflecting on gold...

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Nov 28, 2018 - I ♥ Larnaca

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Cyprus chapter Larnaca & The Southhas to say about Larnaka: “Larnaka revolves around its seaside position. The coastal promenade – known universally as the Finikoudes – is where locals and visitors alike come for a morning coffee or an evening beer, to flop out on the beach during the day and to stroll at sunset. It’s the hub of the scene, with restaurants, cafes and bars galore, and during summer it fully revs up for the annual flood of holidaymakers. Take a few steps inland,...

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Nov 21, 2018 - Hala Sultan Mosque & Larnaka Salt Lake

Heading out of Larnaka to our new digs in Paphos, our first stop was the nearby Hala Sultan Tekkesi Mosque. The mosque, mausoleum, minaret, cemetery and convent/monastery complex is said to be built on the spot where the wife of a close companion of the prophet Muhammed fell off her mule and died during one of the earliest Arab raids on the island. It was built in 648 AD and is one of the top four holy places for Muslims to worship after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem. To help visitors be culturally appropriate...

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Nov 18, 2018 - Marathon, Fort And Salt Lake

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Cyprus chapter Larnaka & The East has to say about Larnaka: “Larnaka Fort Built in the Lusignan era, the fort stands at the water’s edge and separates the Finikoudes promenade from the old Turkish quarter. Its present form is a result of remodelling by the Ottomans around 1605. The courtyard is home to some medieval tombstone exhibits and old cannons, and you can climb up onto part of the ramparts. The room on your right as you enter was where the British carried out executions...

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Nov 14, 2018 - Larnaca, Cyprus

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Cyprus has to say about Larnaka (population 51,470): “Larnaka revolves around its seaside position. The coastal promenade – known universally as the Finikoudes – is where locals and visitors alike come for a morning coffee or an evening beer, to flop out on the beach during the day and to stroll at sunset. It’s the hub of the scene, with restaurants, cafes and bars galore, and during summer it fully revs up for the annual flood of holidaymakers. Take a few steps inland, though, and...

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Apr 18, 2012 - Larnaca

4-18/19 Wiki Info Larnaca Still in Limassol: Since we heard nothing to indicate the visa to Iran would be available here in Cyprus, there was no need to get up early for a bus to Nicosia/Lefkosa. We had an easy going morning, Valerie talked to Nikos and he made it possible for her to stay at Mistral for 3 days at a reasonable price. We stopped at the internet where Bon heard from Iran...they say they have been trying to get a hold of the visa ministry to determine what the status is for our approval. No definite word as yet but Bon feels...

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Aug 29, 2008 - the month of August 2008

hello one and all. well, it has been quiet here on the journal front for very good reasons, of which i shall attempt to fill in some of the gaps over time. The beginning of the month saw me sending mum back to OZ on the big jet plane. the first day of the month i refuelled Titanium (the champagne coloured one usually parked in Monaco) and collected a live body from the big boat for the passage from Monaco to Sardinia via the blurry coastline of French Corsica. the weather was exceptional and we arrived and parked among the teeth like set up...

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Feb 22, 2008 - Moonlight Running

Second last day in Kypreos. Tomorrow I will brave the service taxi to Lefkosia, the divided capital of this here burg, and then will attempt to urinate along as much of the Green Line as possible. I did it on the Berlin Wall back in the day, so... Okay, strike that last part. But I will try to see what it's like in that slice of North Cyprus. For those of you who have been asleep since 1974, or who were mercifully unborn at that point, The Republic of North Cyprus **must be followed by skeptical coughing** is the Turkish 37% of the island...

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Feb 21, 2008 - Five Guys Named Nick

I’m in Cyprus now. Larnaca, to be precise. Larnaca has 73,000 people and all of them appear to be involved in the tourist industry, which means that in February they are extremely lonely. There are a lot of naff shops which open for one or two unadvertised hours a day and then the staff repairs to their favourite caffeine stop where they discuss the affairs of the day. There was an election here, apparently. That would explain all the excitement; I saw at least two posters which appeared to have been up, recently. The Med is nice. It’s too...

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Jul 5, 2004 - Saint Lazarus of the Beach

Nicosia, just freaking hot. Today we went to the beach by way of the church of Saint Lazarus. A strange amalgamation that seems to be rather typical of Cyprus. Go see the shrine of the man raised from the dead by Jesus himself and then go to the beach where you can swim in the crystal clear blue water accompanied by lots of topless European women defying gravity with their every step. The church was nice but small and I was rather bored with the endless lectures that seem to accompany every. single. icon. The beach we went to was at a...

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Cyprus & Turkey 2004



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