Thursday, 6 August 2009

Cyprus Pt 5: Protaras and Famagusta

One day we took a 3 hour car journey to Protaras, which is on the other side of the island. I used to go there when I was younger, so it was interesting to see if it had changed!

Walter got a bit bored on the journey there, so when we arrived he was ready to go! We stopped off at our old favourite resturant for lunch, which over looked the beach, then set about looking round the place. It had changed since I was last there (then again it has been 10 years!). We had an ice cream whilst walking round - Walter had strawberry.

Our next stop was the Famagusta view point. Famagusta is an abandoned city near Protaras. When the Turkish invaded Cyprus, the residents of Famagusta were give about an hour to abandon their homes. No one has stepped foot inside the city since, for fears of landmines. Therefore everything is like it was years and years ago; including old cars, washing still out on washing lines and playthings in the streets.

At the view point there is, obviously, a view point lol! The city is quite far away so there's a telescope up there. There's also a mini museum, with a board of all the people still missing from when the Turkish invaded. It was really sad to see all them thousands of names up on the wall; it made Walter upset. So to cheer us up, we went and had a look round the little zoo they have there. There were mainly birds, of all different types and colours. Walter liked the chicks best!

After another 3 hours in the car, we arrived back at the villa. It was a tiring day, but well worth it!

One more lot of pics to come!

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