Leda and the Swan

Dear Reader,

this is one of my favourite mosaics among those I’ve seen in Paphos in the archeological site Tombs of the Kings.

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Leda, Queen of Sparta and wife of Tyndareus. Mother of Helen, who caused the War of Troy.

In most accounts Leda is to be known as mother of Helen, however there are discrepancies on how that happened.
Some say Zeus (in the shape of a swan) generated an egg with Nemesis and that such egg was found by Leda lying in a marsh which she brought home and hid in a chest: from it Helen of Troy was hatched. Others say Zeus generated the egg with Leda herself (theory that inspired the above mosaic) who hid it from her husband until it hatched.

This mosaic along with many others mosaics from the 2nd century are located in a world heritage site called The Tombs of The Kings. This name though is misleading as no royalty ever rested there, only rich citizens did. The site is marvellously decorated by elaborated carvings, Doric and Corinthian columns and with wall-paintings, fit for a king, though.

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Cool Passport Stamps: Molossia and Northern Cyprus

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As you probably know, Stanito loves collecting passport stamps that are unique or else very difficult to obtain (sometimes impossible, like the North Korean one).

His Excellency Kevin Baugh, President of the Republic of Molossia, stamped Stanito’s and Travel Buddy’s passports right at the border with the United States:  Continue reading “Cool Passport Stamps: Molossia and Northern Cyprus”

Divided Lefkosia: the Green Line

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Crossing a check-point has always made my trips exciting and adventurous. And in this case it has never been weirder and easier than the Green Line of Lefkosia. The check-point and Green Line of Nicosia are fascinating; while barely visible, when you do notice them you kind of get a bizarre and odd edge about the city. The check-point I’m referring to is the one located in Ledra Street (not to be confused with Ledra Palas). Continue reading “Divided Lefkosia: the Green Line”

Cyprus, South, North & Why you should go

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Ancient history, beautiful landscapes, remarkable culture, turquoise beaches, and great food. Dear reader, if you ever consider traveling to Cyprus you’ll probably find these elements very agreeable.

It was an 8-days trip, not plenty of time but enough for Stanito to go everywhere she wanted. Unlike many other Mediterranean islands that are mainly regarded as touristic destinations, Cyprus holds features that makes it unique. Continue reading “Cyprus, South, North & Why you should go”