Cyprus - A Scorching but Rewarding Walk

We awoke the next morning refreshed and set out on a walk around Old Town Nicosia (aka Lefkosia).  Even though it was early, we could tell it was going to be a scorcher!  We admired the Greek writing on the buildings in the old town.
We spotted a colorful parrot outside a local coffee shop.
We wound our way through the streets careful to stay on the shady side.
We ducked into a pedestrian-only alley lined with shops.
Some of the buildings were decorated with striking street art.
We spotted an angel staring down at us from an apartment block.
We had tasted some delicious melon popular in Cyprus and saw some on sale at a local grocer.
Some of the local architecture was ornate and opulent.  The Byzantine Museum was a good example.
We also appreciated the heavy columned entrance of Pancyprian Gymnasium.
The Bell Tower of John Evangelist Church is another good example.
We also saw more modest buildings that were a bit sun-baked and faded but still put to good use.
We passed a modest mosque in the center of Nicosia.
Nicosia is a walled city.  We spotted plaques in the sidewalk guiding us on a tour of the city.
We continued past single-story homes on a curving street.
We skirted along a wall covered with more imaginative graffiti.
We soon emerged at the Venetian walls of Nicosia built in the 1500s to protect the inhabitants of Nicosia from Ottoman attack.
A white statue in a nearby park was defiled with red paint.
Nicosia is also the world's only remaining divided capital.  The Island of Cyprus is divided into the Republic of Cyprus and (depending on your political view) Turkish occupied zone or The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.  Turkey invaded the northern half of Cyprus in the 1970s including part of Nicosia.  In the distance, we could see the border.
We actually walked up to one of the border crossings at the end of a residential street.  A gatehouse was surrounded by sandbags and one armed guard.  Photos of the border are not allowed so this description will have to suffice.  We turned around and headed back toward the center of Nicosia.
I spotted this Greek inspired statue hiding in someone's garden.
This contrasted strongly with a broken garden gnome on a nearby street corner.
We passed another small mosque...
...and a stone mosaic wall hidden behind flowering foliage.
We passed an old aqueduct not far from the town walls.
We concluded our walk through Nicosia around high noon with a glimpse of the Liberty Monument which memorializes Cyprus' gaining independence from Britain in the late 1950s.
Our walk was definitely a good overview and introduction to the capital.

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