Across The Border Into Turkish Cyprus

What is a country? As I walked towards the border I suddenly realised I had no idea what that word actually meant. A few minutes later I crossed into the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; the first place I’ve visited that technically, doesn’t exist.   The cosmopolitan sprawl of Lefkosia in the heart of Cyprus…

The Cats of Agios Neophytos Monastery, Cyprus

I vowed I’d never write about my second passion: cats. Yet here we are. Of course, that was before I knew that Tala existed. In the foothills of Cyprus’ Troodos Mountains, only twenty minutes drive from the coast, an ancient monastery is etched into the limestone cliff. Founded in 1159 by Saint Neophytos, the monastery…

Cyprus: A Lesson In Escaping The Resort

After more than a decade of nothing but backpackers hostels, a last minute decision to get some winter sun dumped me in a 4 star, beachside resort in Paphos, southern Cyprus. It would have been easy to appreciate days by the beach and spa treatments galore. However Cyprus, like many other Mediterranean package destinations, has…