Built during the 13th century, this castle is most famous as the place where Richard the Lionhearted married Barengaria of Navarre, during the Third Crusade. The story is the stuff of chivalry: sailing from Sicily to Acre, the ship carrying Berengaria and Richard's sister was blown off coast, landing on Cyprus, where a Byzantine tyrant, Isaac Komnenos, took them hostage. Hearing this, Richard brought his fleet to the Cypriot port of Limassol, and demanded the return of his fiancee, sister and the treasure aboard the ship they were on. When Isaac refused, Richard dropped the hammer, invading the island, capturing Isaac, sweeping Berengaria off her feet, and marrying her at Kolossi. How's that for heroic?
Summer 2011: Catching Up July 19th 2011 Clearly I've had a busy summer so far (it's often difficult to find time to sit down and write a blog entry when database entries need to be written, remote sesning data needs to be processed or hilltop sunsets need to be enjoyed with a cold beer in hand), and nearly every day I remember the myriad of promises I made to continue the Travel Blog this summer, and how I’ve simply failed to ... read more
Middle East » Cyprus A former British colony, Cyprus received independence in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capi... ... read more
There is a land called Crete, in the midst of the wine-dark sea, a fair, rich land, begirt with water, and therein are many men, past counting, and ninety cities. They have not all the same speech, but their tongues are mixed. There dwell Achaeans, there great-hearted native Cretans, there Cydonians, and Dorians of waving plumes, and goodly Pelasgians.
-Homer, The Odyssey, Bk. 19
The land of Armenia, then, is situated largely on an extensive plateau, surrounded by high mountains, well watered by rivers which perpetuate its natural fertility.... The rulers of Armen... full info