SHOULD YOU GO TO SALAMIS IN NORTH CYPRUS?

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SALAMIS IS THE ANCIENT ROMAN CITY, NEAR FAMAGUSTA IN NORTH CYPRUS

http://www.cypnet.co.uk/ncyprus/city/famagusta/salamis/

If you are in that area, yes you should go and walk round the site which is about 1 sq mile, just near the sea.

It was very hot when we arrived, by taxi from the hotel. We asked him to come back for us in about one and a half hours.

Surprisingly, there is a very small building where you buy tickets to go in, with little information.  It is annoying to know now that there is a free guide service, to point out the mosaics for instance.  The ticket seller did not tell us this.

MOSAICS

Well there are some, but we did not find any!  The whole site is very much in ‘ruins’ still, with masses of work needed to be done, but no money to do it.

I was interested to see pictures on a sign board of some of the birds that visit, and also the little red tulips that apparently grow there.

Red tulips much like the ones I grow back in the UK – same shape but mine are yellow!

The walk round was difficult going, no proper paths, and lots of stones to stumble over.  The theatre was spectacular though.

Ray fulfilled an ambition to climb up and sit on one of the rows, and I had to stand on the stage area to speak in a normal voice, so that he could test the acoustics.  They are good, apparently.

It was quite possible to spend longer than the time we had, walking further to the edge of the ruins, but we had to turn back after our hour and a half.

SNAILS

On the walk back, I was intrigued to see lots of white blobs on some of the green shrubs.

Looking more closely, I saw they were clusters of pure white snails.  Quite unlike our own dear English snails (curses be upon them).

These white snails looked as if they never moved, maybe they stirred themselves at night, to go and eat.

 

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