Ayios Ioannis Part 2

Published 25th of August, 2019

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We follow the road around, and soon are headed back to where we parked the car. There are lots of signs of life about. It would be interesting to visit the place as it is now, to see how many of the houses are now host to summering Cypriots?

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Welcome!

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Another decorated front door. Cypriots are very welcoming.

Abandoned or Classic?

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Now this was a puzzle. I couldn't say whether these cars had been here for 5 days or 50 years. This is partly because I have no idea how the number plate system works in Cyprus. But also because a lot of things don't seem to age much. This is something I have difficulty getting my head around when I visit old villages, and especially the abandoned ones. You can have two buildings next to each other, and one of them will look like a regular building, but the other one will have collapsed totally. You would expect everything to decay at a fairly uniform rate, but it isn't the case. Perhaps the reason is just something as simple as water erosion? If winter rain causes a rivulet of water to run over a certain wall, it will soon get eroded.

Back To Those Eggs

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We've come a full circle now. We left our car up by the eggs. I noticed as we walked around, that one of the shutters to the right that had been closed was now open, so at least one of the houses here is currently occupied.

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