Just back from a short but very enjoyable break in Cyprus. See the full selection in the ‘places’ category but here’s a few:

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The Temples of Kings
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From Mount Olympus; the Walk of Artemis. The mountain was thick in mist, sometimes the clouds descended to give everything a pearlescent penumbra of diffused light. Then in seconds it might lift, show you a whole mountain side and then close in again. Made the walk seem to take an age and offer beguiling photo opportunities at every turn of the mountain path.
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The Temple of Apollo
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The archaeological complex of Kourion
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Lempa Art College. Just brilliant.
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The case of the fathers. Apparently, this shrine contains some/all of the bones of over 300 early Christians who were tortured but who also were present at the Council of Nicea, which, as I understand it, is where a group of bishops decided what was in and what was out, of the bible. It was the moment when the official bible was created and a whole bunch of other stories were left out. Which, if you are a xtian, should concern/interest you greatly. Anyway, these guys were all made into or turned into saints and their remains are in this tiny little cave chapel in a very inconspicuous place in Cyprus. See a few more pics in the Cyprus section.
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General Pics

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Playing around with iPhone apps in Oxford
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Rockwell Comman - Dawn Sky

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Autumn in the New Forest

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Pigs Ahoy!

This big mama and I stumbled into each other and gave each other quite a surprise. Me; I almost legged it - I thought for a second she was a wild boar but luckily not. Just a New Forest mother pig taking her offspring out for an acorn forage in the forest. Once I stood still they ended up snuffling about right around my feet. Bless them.

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Wimborne Chained Library

Purely by chance, we wondered into a Chained Library in the church in Wimborne. Amazing. 3/4 of the books on the Vatican’s list of Banned Books are in this library. If that’s not reason enough to visit then I don’t know what is. It contains a book by Francis Bacon’s wife on superstitions. The oldest book is by the person who began the spanish inquisition. It is an incredible library, containing so many rare books. Go when the curator is speaking - he will bring it to life with tales of the books contained within. Brings associations of Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books.

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Not in the library, but in the church; I just love this guy’s louche posture. Seriously: THIS is how they chose to remember him? Happy Brilliant.
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Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth

Bournemouth isn’t the most ‘cultural’ of places (think stag and hen do weekends and you’ve pretty much summed it up), but this building is my favourite place in the whole area. It’s an absolute haven of peace and beauty. The Russell Cotes Museum. I love it there. Its one of the most beautiful houses I have ever been in and its perfect to just sit in and soak up the peace, recuperate, recharge and be inspired by the beauty all around you.

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