Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's my pleasure to bring a new episode, a new stage, of our Europe Ginko, our journey straight through the EU. Today we will visit one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, Cyprus.
I have never been there, but I have heard stories about the beauty of Cyprus ... so I am looking forward to discover Cyprus using the WWW.
|Flag of Cyprus
the coasts of Syria and Turkey. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the
Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union since May 1, 2004 and is located just
40 miles south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of
Egypt and east of Greece.
two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians,
from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt , the Classical and eastern Roman Empire, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman rule between 1571 and 1878.
|Map of Cyprus
become a free country, which was at reach in 2013 as the Democratic Rally (a politic group) won the elections for a new president.
Recently (2008) a wall that split the capitol Nicosia in two parts (as for example was in Berlin) was
demolished and the citizens of the both sides of Nicosia could finally see their relatives in the other
part of the city.
families torn apart
tears of Nicosia
finally the broken sunflowers
reach for the blue sky
would say. The Kaledonia waterfall is situated in the Troodos Mountains (on the "left" side of the
island, see map).
|Troodos Mountains in Winter
the Greek gods here or there
leaves, you’re spinning a web with
nothing but silence.
walking next to you along
bud of a pomegranate
tree, arouse lust.
that dominates the boulder
over the waves.
!! I found these haiku HERE !!