A trip to Cyprus by Colin Thubron is nothing short of a basic reading for anyone with the slightest interest in the island. This may be during the writing of this book, but the book does more than just traverse the landscape or pass through places of interest. It is important that the trip to Cyprus is not just a trip through Cyprus, because, in the end, the reader feels that the experience has provided more exposure than just tourism, as if we ourselves tried these ideas directly .
Colin Thubron's journey was largely on foot. They were not sporadic, but they passed Cyprus from east to west and from north to south. There are occasional journeys by road, but in general, the text itself attains the slow pace of progress made by the author through his attention to luminous details along with observation and reflection. It seems that the text is written for periods of rest, it is a pleasure to capture those moments when the author paused on the side of the road to sit on a stone and suggestion, reflection or reading, or traditionally imitated in a cafe.
Like all good travel writings, Journey Into Cyprus continually continues to feel the place. The landscape unfolds by brief notes that paint the landscape. But everywhere, both visitor intrusion and local residence remain clear, and their relative position remains unchallenged. These are certainly foreign eyes, but are opened at every turn with local invitation, information and hospitality.
But there's also history here. The name, Cyprus, derives itself from the word copper, the metal that formed the basis of mining the island's place in the classical world economy. Colin Thubron described the copper mines – monuments and monuments that still work – in the magnificent Troodos Mountains. If the name of the island may have been derived from economic activity, it is on the basis of religion that it is Cyprus that made the greatest impression.
For two thousand years Cyprus followed the cult of Aphrodite. She, like the island itself, was not happy with just one relationship. She regularly moved to the next, with the seemingly inevitable offspring of each encounter living his own life either as a mortal or as a god. Thus it remained with the island itself, where ancient Greek culture everywhere became modern thanks to the presence of the Greek language, but in a version it seems that the Cypriots made it entirely. There was a long courtship with Rome, which produced palaces and theaters, decorated with mosaics that still adorn the excavated sites on the coast of Paphos. The long and continuous marriage of Byzantium led to the continued dominance of the Orthodox Church in island life. There are more than 5,000 churches and monasteries which are an integral part of South Cyprus culture and politics.
The mat of the Lusingnan period was not well known, but it lasted more than three centuries, and participated in the reign of French-speaking St. John. They stopped on their way home from the Holy Land after being kicked after the Crusades. They ruled and imposed taxes, but the island's culture and local traditions continued, almost in its scope and according to its rules, despite its strength. A brief period of Venice saw the exploitation of the island for commercial gain from the city's jurisdiction. Trade routes must be safe. Then, in 1570, the Ottomans arrived and stayed for 300 years, changing the nature of the debate by introducing their Turkish religion and culture. She left Cyprus briefly from Britain in a second language, English, allowing Colin Thubron and others to this day to communicate and the associated illusion of participation is easy. Now, of course, there is a division, north of Turkey and southern Greece, which has set off steadily through the UN-brokered fence for non-united states.
All this and more on a trip to Cyprus from Colin Thubron. But besides the side reflections and landscape appreciation, there is a real glimpse of the culture generated from history but expressed at this time and place as the author's journey progressed. There are anecdotes, comical moments and occasional threats along the way. The only disappointment comes when the journey ends abruptly as the author approaches the far east of the peninsula in the north. But then, this is the beauty of travel. You should be aware of what it is and when it happens, because at its end it will be the next journey that begins. By writing it, Colin Thubron gives us all the luxury of trying everything for ourselves and then the possibility of repeating it.