The Gaze

December 1, 2015

Unlike all other books by Elif Şafak, The Gaze was a bit difficult for me to grasp – was it because of the magical schizophrenia or the too avant-garde style, however the topic of “seeing and being seen” remained somehow beyond me. “How much is much and how little is little” – that is a notion I sometimes struggle with.

In Bulgarian the title was translated as “Dictionary of Looks” which dragged my expectations into an utterly different direction. Anyway, a novel unlike any of her previous ones. Looking forward to her next novels.


Paphos

November 30, 2015

The town of Paphos included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world’s heritage is indeed a spectacular place.  Walking around where Paul the Apostle has walked during the first century AD makes one think about the course of history through the ages and our nowadays state of affairs. What remains through time and what disappears in a day. Eternity vs. transience.

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Aphrodite

November 29, 2015

ApphroditeAphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure (Roman equivalent – goddess Venus) came into being in Cyprus, right here risen from the foam in the spectacular waters of the Mediterranean.

Petra tou Romiou (“The rock of the Greek”) is Aphrodite’s legendary birthplace in Paphos, Cyprus.


Kourion

November 28, 2015

Kourion archaeological area – excavated artefacts dating to the Hellenistic and Late Roman period times. Walking around the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, the Theatre, the House of Achilles or Complex of Eustolios one stumbles across magnificent mosaics, while the sea views are spectacular for lack of better word.

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Sunrise

November 16, 2015

Both sunrises and sunsets are amazing in Cyprus and reading Victoria Hislop’s “Sunrise” here makes one understand better what happened in the summer of 1972 in Famagusta – the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean and the drama of the people from both sides – the Greek and the Turkish before and during the island’s split. An amazing story on love, respect, and trust which keeps you awake days after you turn the last page.


Lapta

November 14, 2015

Lapta in Northern Cyprus is a gem of a place. Beautiful view of the mountains, romantic places around, peace and serenity.

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