|At breakfast our 1st morning|
Cyprus is a very popular destination for many British people and over my years in England i have heard a lot about it, but this is my first trip. For the past few years we have heard from many that the Greek south of Cyprus has been spoiled by over commercialization and beaches that have been ruined by tall buildings and sprawling hotels. We were advised
That to experience the 'old Cyprus' we should go to the Turk.ish north. And infeed here we are in a beautiful little hotel in Kyrenia right by the sea.
we arrived late on the night of the 10th of June. Our travel rep had sent a car to meet us in Larnaca in the south of the island so we had to cross the line dividing the country and show passports to gain admittance. It wasn't until a few days later when we were driving around that we saw the irrefutable evidence of Turkish presence. Time and as we drive from one place to another we come upon wire fences with signs warning all not to take pictures and saying that it is a military zone. Several times The Man has been thwarted when attempting to find some place that he had known long ago only to find the way blocked.
The Cypriots that we have spoken to have all said that they are hoping that their small country will be reunited in the next couple of years. But I see many signs that this may be wishful thinking. Everywhere are Turkish monuments to their presence. These monuments are to be seen in the towns and atop cliffs and embellished in grand public work schemes -- as if to announce tonthe world that "Here we are and here we mean to stay".