Wednesday, 17 August 2011

GRABBING THE PAN HANDLE


Rose early and by 0730 on the road heading northeast towards and then along the Karpaz Peninsula known as the ‘pan handle’ of Cyprus. A sixty-two mile trip on now made excellent roads (last years tracks along the sea were pretty yet fearful). The early part of the day: shadows cast long across a red and sage green landscape that darkens blue-green as mountains rise up on the south east of our route.

Blue sea to our left or to our right sparkles en route. A brave journey without a map, a situation resolved as we reached Yenierekoy. Here after buying stamps from a happy post master (also an excuse to change a large note) I was furnished with two excellent maps by the Tourist Office next door; thus endowed, several jewel-like basilicas were discovered and drawn culminating with the Ayios Philon Church dedicated to Philon, the saint who converted the people of these parts to Christianity in the 4th century.