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Amsterdam

A few images from a short trip to Amsterdam, which has a unique character of its own. It was actually freezing cold, but sightseeing was still a joy.

Venice

 

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.

I stayed at Cà Due Leoni, Sestiere Cannaregio 565, Venice. A beautiful family run hotel, not far from the Bus/Train station.

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Larnaca Time Lapse

I visit Larnaca frequently, it is my second home. There are some amazing sites around Larnaca, some old, some new. I've always liked the scenery and thanks to my GoPro' I can easily make time lapse anytime. This is one of the first.

Cyprus Pride 2017

Sunday 28th May, saw the fourth Cyprus Pride event take place, in Nicosia, Cyprus. I attended this one as well as last year, to support friends, to support the cause and to take photos and video.

Cyprus’ fourth Pride Parade kicked off in Nicosia on Sunday under the auspices of President Nicos Anastasiades and Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis.

 

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Cape Greco & Sea Caves

Cape Greco, also known as Cavo Greco (Italian for "Greek cape"; Greek: Κάβο Γκρέκο) and Poyraz Burnu in Turkish, is a headland in the southeastern part of the island of Cyprus. It is at the southern end of Famagusta Bay and forms part of Ayia Napa Municipality.

It lies between the towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras, both of which are popular tourist resorts. It is frequently visited by many tourists for its natural beauty. It is a protected nature park. From the high points on the cliff that rests at the cape one can view amazing sights out to sea.

According to local legend, it is also the home of the 'Ayia Napa sea monster'.

Cape Greco is a National Forest Park with unique flora and fauna and is under the administration of the Forestry Department of the Cyprus Ministry of the Interior.

There are many caves along the coastline from Agia Napa to Cape Greko National Park. Many people come here to snorkel and the locals come here before the crack of dawn to fish. The Palace caves and the Smugglers caves are deep passages in to the cliffs which are only accessible from the sea. Some extend as deep as 240 feet in to the rock.

During calm seas and at low tide it is possible to swim and even walk in to most of them. Although they have a rock-strewn environment the waters are wonderfully clear. Boat trips regularly pass by daily. There are spots of deep water amongst the rocks where spirited folks engage in the extreme sports of cliff diving/jumping

Cypriot Villages – Agios Sozomenos

 

 

Agios Sozomenos (Greek: Αγιος Σωζόμενος Turkish: Arpalık) is largely deserted village in the Nicosia District of Cyprus, located close to the Green Line south of Geri, 3 Kms North of Potamia/Dereli and 6 Kms west of Pyroi/Gaziler.

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Manos Loϊzos……his home

Manos Loïzos (Greek: Μάνος Λοΐζος) was considered to be one of the most important Greek Cypriot music composers of the 20th century.

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Athens – Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos (Greek: Λυκαβηττός, pronounced [likaviˈtos]), is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant. Continue reading

Greek Evzones

The origins of the traditional uniform that the Evzones wear are closely tied to Greek military history. In fact, the term can be traced all the way back to Homer’s time, which indicates that the Evzone soldiers were present in some capacity in Ancient Greece. Today, the Evzones take on a ceremonial role. One of their main duties is to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens. In many ways, their role is a symbolic one and their uniform is the very embodiment of Greece’s military legacy.

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