Roads to nowhere – through the late nineties into the 21st century the ‘holiday home’ market in Cyprus was booming! Whole estates planned, roads and infrastructure installed, ready for the overseas buyers wanting their slice of sun away from home.
Then the 2008 global financial crisis was followed by the collapse of the Greek economy and vast swaths of building projects were cancelled.
These ‘roads to nowhere’ still exist, complete with lighting and access drop curbs.
Spending time away with the family this week with a return to Cyprus. Never too far from the camera though and always wanting to capture what I see around me.
During today’s trip to Polis Beach I immediately clocked the remnants of a concrete machine gun bunker listing into the sea. More likely a left over of the Second World War rather than of the 1974 Turkish invasion.
My obsession with this dark corner of Cypriot history keeps growing and I have a tremendous urge to visit and explore the Northern ‘occupied territory’. High on my list to visit is the city of Nicosia. As the last city on earth to have a wall and duel occupancy, it has an allure to me to document the aftermath of a war which is still felt nearly five decades later.
Protests from April against the proposal to build upon the gardens adjacent to the town hall. The plans are to build a huge church on the land with the people wanting the retain their green space within the expanse of Paphos.
Dotted across the country of Greek Cyprus there are roadside shrines dedicated to the dead. Taking the form of Greek Orthodox churches they are visited every evening for candle lighting and memorial to the persons, often pictured.