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travel theme: history

Nicosia or Lefkoşa (depending on whether you are a Greek or a Turkish Cypriot) is the capital of the island of Cyprus. Unfortunately it is a divided capital and has been since 1963. A narrow band of no-man’s land, known as the “green line” separates the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sections of the city. The same “green line” extends east and west from the city forming a boundary buffer zone patrolled by the UN between the northern and southern parts of the island.

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The old city is surrounded by walls, built by the Venetians, with the gates into the city at strategic points. This shot was taken near the Costanza gate.
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much of the northern part of the city is in a bad state of repair
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house backs

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small old mosque

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interior courtyard of the büyük han, formerly the main trading and staging post and now a cultural centre
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the forbidden zone – it is hoped that at some point in the future this area can be restored, repopulated and rejuvenated

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sculpture, south of the Ledra Street crossing point

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shade sails provide welcome shade in the heat of the summer

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the Phanorameni church in the south part of the walled city

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fountain in the more affluent South, outside the walled part of the city

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in the south

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stencilled logo

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graffiti

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5th century sculpture of lions attacking a bull

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female figurine found in one of the ancient sites

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modern reproduction of a bronze age ceramic vessel

If you are interested in learning more about Nicosia, Wikipedia has a fascinating article

Discover more history with Ailsa and followers

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travel theme: pastel

Sometimes ones eyes need a rest from the garish colours that surround us. Pastel shades have always been restful. Here are some of my pastel photos:

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pastel shades in Köln (Cologne), Germany

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London

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a Christmas rose flower (hellebore)

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water lilies for sale in a temple in Myanmar

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cherry blossom

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lotus blossom bud with grasshopper

Do you prefer pastels to brights? Take a look at some more here.

Travel theme: Fantastic

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Josephine Wall, a fantasy artist, with one of her creations at the Magic Goddess festival in Canterbury a few years ago.

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more fantastic pictures from the same festival

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Hell, as envisioned by the artist and creator of the fantastic white temple at Chiang Rai, Thailand

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the white temple

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a painting by the same artist

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the fantastic la sagrada familia by Gaudi, Barcelona, as we saw it in 2004. I would like to think that work has progressed since then.

RIP Terry Pratchett, you will be sorely missed.

See more fantastic images here

Travel theme: fresh

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as the car toiled up towards the summit of Mont Ventoux (Provence) in mid April not only where we struck by the amount of snow still on the ground (we were later to find the road higher up rendered impassable by the snow) but an extraordinarily strong smell of lavender wafted over these frozen lavender fields

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fresh cut flowers on sale in Bristol’s Southville market

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these houses in Bristol’s Cliftonwood look as they might have been freshly painted

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Heddons Mouth, North Devon, where fresh water meets the sea

shared with Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack

weekly travel theme: close up

Where’s my backpack

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Travel theme: round

Great minds think alike and this week both Ailsa and Sue came up with the same theme forcing me to look a ’round’ for some more round photos. I hope you like what I found. These are all from Turkey.

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it’s not the case of ‘the cat sat on the mat’ but ‘the cat slept on the plate’

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making ‘gozleme’ (a type of thin pancake) usually flavoured with cheese and/or herbs

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travel theme: statues

Ailsa’s travel theme

“A statue is a sculpture representing one or more people or animals (including abstract concepts allegorically represented as people or animals), normally full-length, as opposed to a bust, and at least close to life-size, or larger.” (Wikipedia)

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horse and rider, Bristol, UK

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snail-headed man/horse statue, Luxembourg

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St Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy