Cyprus

Our trip to Cyprus took place in June 2012. Jonathan’s parents have a place in a little village near Larnaka called Trulloi so we decided to vacation there. Before this trip I knew little of Cyprus. I did not know what to expect when we arrived so it felt like a true adventure. As usual, I bought a trusty Lonely Planet in order to do some research and took some time on the flight there to read-up on Cyprus’ tumultuous history. Being the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, offering many great resources such as copper, and being centrally located between Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt, many attempted to posses the island have been made. Cyprus has seen Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Lusignans, Genoese, Venetians, Ottomans, British and Turks attempting to take a part of the island for themselves. Cyprus is currently divided in two with the Greek Cypriots in the south and the Turkish Cypriots in the north. There is a demilitarized zone separating the country however it is possible to travel to the Turkish side at specific checkpoints. Our trip only took us to the southern part of the island…the north will have to wait for the next visit. With all this diversity, Cyprus offers tons of history, beautiful ruins, and great food…not to mention the breathtaking scenery and a sort of hedonistic lifestyle!

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