After a pleasant and interesting 1km walk you will arrive at the eastern docks of Apollonia, and the former theater. Looking over the cliff you can see perfectly circular holes, cut in the rock at the seaside, where greek ships were waiting to load olives.A little bit further : the theater, located outside the city, but ruined litteraly by a flood...more
On the hillside leading down to the water's edge, you can find the Customs House. If you walk down onto the beach itself, you can see niches and shelves cut into the rock - these were used for the storage of goods waiting to be shipped out or just having arrived by boat. Probably a bit like our Bonded Warehouses.more
The symbol of the P with a cross below, now used to represent Christianity, was once the symbol of Justinian. His wife was a Christian, and while he tolerated her religion, he was happy to remain a pagan, depite his wife's gentle persuasions. One night he was told in a dream to place the symbol on his battle shield and that it would bring him luck...more
This private palace was built for the first governor of Aploonia, Ecobelius, who came from Lebanon. He brought Theodora with him (Justinian's wife) to live with him. The palace has 83 rooms and is the biggest palace in Cyrenia. There were libraries, waiting rooms, dinig rooms, a private chapel and a wing for the servants.more
Here by the altar you can see the symbol of the cross cut into the column. If you think it bears a resembleance to the Maltese Cross, you are not wrong. This was the cross that was commonly used in the Justinian time. When the eight bishops met in Malta, they sat around trying to work out the kind of cross to use as their symbol. Their decision...more
One thing we noticed a lot all around Libya, was the amount of rubbish which was carelessly discarded anywhere and everywhere. It was such an eyesore, and is causing the authorities no end of problems. There is a campaign at the moment, with advertising on TV, buses and in the papers, to make people understand that it is important that they take...more
Being on the coast, there is a bitterly cold wind blowing from the sea. We had been warned before we left home about the low temperatures and the cold wind, so we came prepared with warm jackets, hat and gloves. Other people had packed more for Caribbean-like weather and really did feel the cold.more
I think it must be an English thing, this urge to take your shoes off and paddle in the sea at every available opportunity. The weather was freezing, so the water in the sea must have been even colder, but it didn't seem to put Lindsey off. Oh well.