life through the lens
I crossed back into the Republic of Cyprus at Nicosia - April 2009.
In 2008 Cyprus adopted the Euro
Crossing the Green Line at the Ledra Palace checkpoint between Northern Cyprus and Republic of Cyprus - Nicosia
In no-man's-land - a building in the buffer zone, Nicosia
A rather worn poster greets visitors to the Republic of Cyprus - Nicosia
'Still Occupied Still Divided' - poster at the Ledra Palace checkpoint, Nicosia
The Ledra Street checkpoint is a pedestrian-only crossing through the centre of Nicosia. The sign on the right says 'Nicosia - The Last Divided Capital'
It's a busy crossing but formalites take less than 5 minutes for EU passport holders - Nicosia
Ledra Street is a lively shopping centre - Nicosia
The Municipal Gardens are a short walk outside the city walls - Nicosia
Nicosia is known as Lefkosia in Cyprus (and Lefkoşa in Northern Cyprus)
A religious march starts from Phaneromenis Church on (Orthodox) Easter Sunday - Nicosia
The 19th century Phaneromenis Church, Nicosia
St John's Cathedral is surrounded by several museums - Nicosia
An attractive residential street close to Omeriye Mosque - Nicosia
The Chrysaliniotissa Church bell, Nicosia
The eastern part of Nicosia's old city
Just off Ledra Street is the tourist zone known as Laiki Geitonia, Nicosia
Laiki Geitonia is full of tavernas, souvenir shops and galleries - Nicosia
Go to the Ledra Observatory for a bird's eye view of both sides of Nicosia. To the bottom left is Ledra Street, running in to Northern Cyprus. The minarets in the centre-right belong to Selemiye Mosque, north Nicosia.
The Selemiye Mosque, as seen from Ledra Observatory, is in north Nicosia
Most of the foreground in this photo, looking north-west of the Ledra Observatory, is south Nicosia.
The Ledra Palace Hotel was caught in the Green Line no-man's-land between north and south Nicosia. It's currently used by the UN.
A huge Northern Cyprus flag is etched into the Pentadaktylos (Turkish = Besparmak) mountains above north Nicosia. The walls of Buyuk Han, also in the north, can be seen in the bottom right - Nicosia
This must irk the Republic - the flag of Northern Cyprus can clearly be seen from the Shacolas Tower's 6th floor cafe, Nicosia
I spent several hours at the nondescript junction town of Kofinou, hitching to Larnaka on Easter Saturday when there was virtually no public transport
The new definition of 'Push' - a hotel on the outskirts of Larnaka
Larnaka's beach front and harbour
The Laiki Geitonia area of Larnaka, just off the seafront, has several bars
Agios Lazaros church, Larnaka
Larnaka's salt lake is close to the airport
On the shores of the salt lake is the Muslim shrine Hala Sultan Tekke - Larnaka
Hala Sultan Tekke, Larnaka
Boats at Larnaka marina
Larnaka's beach is not particularly sandy but there's plenty of sunbeds.
Easter eggs aplenty at Agia Napa square
Agia Napa harbour
Agia Napa's beach
The Sling Shot is like a vertical catapult - Agia Napa
As part of Easter celebrations there was an evening of traditional music and dance in Agia Napa
The rooftops of Agia Napa monastery
Agia Napa is known for it's nightlife - the Bedrock Inn is one of a huge number of bars and clubs
About 2 kilometres from Agia Napa centre is the party beach of Nissi Bay
The crystal clear waters at Nissi Bay, Agia Napa
Nissi Bay, Agia Napa
Paralimni is a sizeable town north of Agia Napa
From Paralimni I hoped to visit Annita's Viewpoint in Deryneia with views of the Green Line and Famagusta.
Photos of Varosha here
Protaras is a beach resort on the south-east coast close to Agia Napa
The Mediterranean shore at Protaras
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