Cyprus: Shipwreck Cove, Akrotiri (Three Stars cargo ship)

Photo: March 2015
Three Stars SS was a 1,791 tons 78,9×12,8×6,4 m Greek cargo ship type N3-S-A1 built in 1943 by Walterr Butler Shipbuilders Inc, Superior, Wisconsin, USA for the Ministry of War Transport as the GURDEN GATES.
During her life she had many owners and was renamed many times.
1949 BALTIC QUEEN 1950 CESARE CORSINI 1953 ARNO 1964 IRIDA 1965 O KALOS SAMARITIS 1965 THREE STARS.
On the 17th February 1967 she caught fire and ran aground at Episkopi Bay, Cyprus and declared a total loss.
It is partly submerged in 7 metres of water. read more

Famagusta Gate, Nicosia – #Cyprus (Republic)

Famagusta Gate is the most important of the three gates of the Venetian Walls of Nicosia in the eastern part of the walls in Old Nicosia. Built in the the 16th century by the Venetians and was originally named Porta Guiliani after Giulio Savorgnano, the designer of the walls.

The gate has been renovated in 1980 and has been a Nicosia Municipal Centre since then hosting various events and exhibitions indoors. On the outer side of the walls, there is also a small theatre and a lawn area where other events are being held. read more

Barbed Wire View – controlled area of Nicosia, Cyprus

Orthodox Greek Easter 2015: our walk took us along the Venetian walls and to the demarcation zone near Ermou Street (Nicosia) in the Republic of Cyprus.
Both the Turkish flag and the flag of Northern Cyprus can be seen flying together in this photo.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 95 IS
  • Taken: 11 April, 2015
  • Flash fired: no
  • ISO: 80
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
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    There is nothing to see here….

    Okay, so I lied… the view of Curium Beach from the Roman ruins at Ancient Kourion archaeology site truly is a sight to behold. See it here in a wintersun glory (January 2015).
    Is this how the Romans saw Curium / Kourion from their vantage point in Cyprus?

    Valletta Street – viewed from the Bastions, Malta

    Rainy day views from the bastions on the battlements (near the Baraka Gardens) in the city of Valletta, Malta – October 2014

    Cracs des Chevaliers Crusader Castle, Syria

    Climbing down from the Crusader castle of Cracs des Chevaliers (حصن الفرسان), near Homs, Syria – October 2008

    • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
    • Camera: FinePix E550
    • Taken: 22 January, 2005
    • Flash fired: no
    • ISO: 80
    • Shutter speed: 1/600s

    Roman Baths – Downtown District Beirut, Lebanon

    Roman Baths in #Beirut city centre, Downtown district, Lebanon – Oct 2008

    • Aperture: ƒ/4
    • Camera: FinePix E550
    • Taken: 21 January, 2005
    • Flash fired: no
    • ISO: 80
    • Shutter speed: 1/250s

    Ruins of the Monastery of Saint Silas, #Cyprus

    Ruins and excavations found just outside of Limassol and Ay. Silas industrial estate, Limassol, Cyprus

    No Man’s Land – Ledra Street UN crossing point, Nicosia, #Cyprus

    This is a part of Cyprus where no-one is allowed to be (legally). Just a few yards of uninhabited properties, abandoned during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.
    To this day, Nicosia is still a divided capital with the Republic of Cyprus in the south and north Cyprus (only recognised by Turkey) north of the division. read more

    Memories – End of Summer

    Late November 2015 along the beach at the Columbia Beach Resort Hotel, Pissouri Bay, #Cyprus: we were feeling a little #deflated