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"...cyprus is great, honey... it is sooo hot but still great!..."

i am on holiday at last... in cyprus for three weeks:D... been to nicosia today -instead of the beach- both to the turkish and greek sectors... this was taken in the turkish nicosia, that is "lefkoşa"... in the courtyard of "the great inn"...

...one of the most important architectural works of the ottoman period, "büyük han" (the great inn) is located in the traditional market centre within the city walls of nicosia. it was built to provide accommodation for travellers from anatolia and other parts of cyprus. during the old colonial days, the british used the inn as "nicosia central prison". later it was used as a hostel for destitute families. after extensive renovations which took more than a decade the great inn was re-opened in it's original style to visitors in 2002, and is now one of the island's finest buildings.
beside the locals, it plays host to many tourists in the capital city. not only the cafes but also various shops serve the visitors. shawls, traditional handicrafts, paintings, pottery and carvings are among the many things on offer...

...this young lady sitting in one of the cafes might be telling her friend on the phone, way back in her home country, about the beauties of cyprus, you never know:)...

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