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Today was all about sea and sky. The morning was so beautiful that we went out for an early morning walk to photograph the old shipwreck just off the coast near our apartment.

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Later we drove up the  coast to Agios Georgios, a well-known pilgrimage site on the western cape of Cyprus.

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The icons in the church were lovely, and we lit candles for loved ones before walking out to the ruins of the old Basilica where there were some  exquisite mosaics of local fish, birds,  and other wildlife.

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With that theme in mind,  we drove up the coast for a nice  bit of beachcombing.

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Would it surprise anyone that we came home with our pockets stuffed full of treasures?

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Our drive home through the mountains took us nearly to the Turkish enclave, and though we longed to drive further, politics and rental car policies demanded that we turn back.

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Cyprus is, as history has shown, the island that everyone wants. It is a beautiful island inhabited by lovely people,  but there are deep political scars that remain unhealed.

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