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.
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.
much of the northern part of the city is in a bad state of repair
small old mosque
interior courtyard of the büyük han, formerly the main trading and staging post and now a cultural centre
the forbidden zone – it is hoped that at some point in the future this area can be restored, repopulated and rejuvenated
sculpture, south of the Ledra Street crossing point
shade sails provide welcome shade in the heat of the summer
the Phanorameni church in the south part of the walled city
fountain in the more affluent South, outside the walled part of the city
in the south
5th century sculpture of lions attacking a bull
female figurine found in one of the ancient sites
modern reproduction of a bronze age ceramic vessel
If you are interested in learning more about Nicosia, Wikipedia has a fascinating article
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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:
pastel shades in Köln (Cologne), Germany
a Christmas rose flower (hellebore)
water lilies for sale in a temple in Myanmar
lotus blossom bud with grasshopper
Do you prefer pastels to brights? Take a look at some more here.
Josephine Wall, a fantasy artist, with one of her creations at the Magic Goddess festival in Canterbury a few years ago.
more fantastic pictures from the same festival
Hell, as envisioned by the artist and creator of the fantastic white temple at Chiang Rai, Thailand
the white temple
a painting by the same artist
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.
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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
fresh cut flowers on sale in Bristol’s Southville market
these houses in Bristol’s Cliftonwood look as they might have been freshly painted
Heddons Mouth, North Devon, where fresh water meets the sea
shared with Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack
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.
it’s not the case of ‘the cat sat on the mat’ but ‘the cat slept on the plate’
making ‘gozleme’ (a type of thin pancake) usually flavoured with cheese and/or herbs
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)
horse and rider, Bristol, UK
snail-headed man/horse statue, Luxembourg
St Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy
The arrival of Spring and pink cherry blossom prompted Ailsa to choose pink as her theme this week.
These 2 posters wished us a happy new year and cheerfully featured cherry blossom in their design but, alas, we saw no sign of the real thing! I think we had arrived earlier than the blossom and it was unseasonably cold in Hanoi.
In the grounds of the monument honouring Emperor Le Loi I came across this poem carved in stone with a vase of pink lilies in front of it
a Hanoi florist, appropriately dressed in pink, adds the finishing touches to a monumental fruit and flower arrangement
skeins of pink silks used by the highly skilled embroiderers who make the silk “paintings”
see more wooden images at Ailsa’s backpack
silver coloured door knocker in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus
silver leaf monkeys in Kuala Lumpur
silvery windows of the Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur
Bo-tree leaf shaped silvery votives at the white temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand
a decorative pyramid made of thousands of the above votives
silver birch tree in Luxembourg
silver coloured sculpture in Friedrichshafen, Germany
this is actually a colour photo of a very stormy morning in Alanya, Turkey
Having chosen silver for this week’s theme, I wonder if Ailsa will chose gold some time soon?