Our Cyprus Pictures
The Akamas Peninsula
This is the north-western part of Cyprus, most of it a nature reserve.
Two pictures. Warning: these take longer
to load than the other pictures
here because they take a total of 160k, about four times as much
as any of the other pictures here. (Compressing them below that
produces ugly JPEG artifacts in the sky. If you can do better than
this, let me know.)
The Troodos Mountains
The highest point is just under 2000 metres. They get snow in winter
(there was a bit left when we were there at the end of March), but
at this latitude, there are trees right to the top. The clear, warm,
dry air with a very faint smell of pine, and the low density
of the trees (limited by the low rainfall) reminded me of the plateau just
south of the Grand Canyon, which is at a similar altitude and latitude
but probably even drier. The terrain is quite different, though.
The Troodos mountains are not steep like the alps, but they
are very rugged. This picture was taken
near the top.
Two pictures from a hill near the village
of Gialia (pronounced roughly "Yialia"), one towards the sea
and the other towards the dry hills of the interior.
These picturesque ruins are from the 4th century.