Colin Thubron's Trip to Cyprus is nothing more than a must-read for anyone who has little interest in the island. Travel writing may be like this, but this book not only has to traverse landscapes or go through places of interest. Crucially, the “Journey to Cyprus” is more than just a “crossing” journey. Cyprus, because readers finally feel that this experience offers more opportunities than pure tourism, as if we have personally experienced these ideas.
The journey of Colin Thubron is basically a walk. It has not been broken, but it has indeed crossed Cyprus from east to west and from north to south. Occasionally there are road trips, but overall, the text itself conveys the slow pace of the author's progress by focusing on lighting details and observation and reflection. The text seems to have even a break, so it happily captures the moment when the author stops on the side of the road and sits on the stone thinking, thinking or reading, or being strolled by local customs at a coffee shop.
Like all excellent travel writing, the “Cyprus Tour” continues to convey a sense of place. The landscape draws the scenery through a succinct observation. However, throughout the process, the invasion of visitors and the residence of local residents are still clearly visible and their relative status is not challenged. These are of course the eyes of foreigners, but they are open at any time under local invitations, information and hospitality.
But there is also history here. The name Cyprus itself is derived from the term copper, which is the basis of the island's niche market in the classical global economy. In the Troodos Mountains, Colin Thubron's description of the copper mine – the remains and still in operation – is fascinating. If the name of the island may be derived from economic activity, Cyprus has the greatest impression in the religious field, and these religions are also described in detail on this page and are repeatedly mentioned for their importance. Ongoing.
For two thousand years, Cyprus has been following the worship of Aphrodite. Like the island, she has never been satisfied with a relationship. She often moves to another place, and each encounter seems to be an inevitable descendant. Whether as a mortal or as a god, she lives her own life. The same is true of the island countries themselves, where the ancient Greek culture became modern due to the existence of the Greek language, but the Cypriots seemed to have created it entirely. Flirting with Rome, Rome produced palaces and theatres, decorated with mosaics that still decorate the excavations on the Paphos coastline. The long-lasting marriage with Byzantium gave birth to the dominance of the Orthodox Church in the life of the island. There are more than 5,000 churches and monasteries that form part of the culture and politics of southern Cyprus.
The mat of the Lucinan period was not widely known, but it lasted for more than three centuries and involved the rule of the French-speaking Knights of St. John. After the Crusades, they were kicked out of our ranks and stopped on the way home from the Holy Land. They rule and tax, but despite their own power, island culture and local traditions continue to develop within their own sphere and in accordance with their own rules. In the short period of Venice, the island was deprived of the commercial benefits of the city. Trade routes must be guaranteed. Then, in 1570, the Ottoman Empire arrived and stayed for 300 years, changing the nature of the debate by introducing their own religion and Turkish culture. The short British period gave Cyprus a second language, English, and today, this language gives Colin Thubron and others an illusion that communication and its associated fantasies are easy. Of course, there is now a quarantine area, one in northern Turkey and one in southern Greece, which is the constant fence of the United Nations mediation for countries that are not united.
All of these and more are in Colin Thubron's Trip to Cyprus. However, in addition to the reflection of the roadside and the appreciation of the scenery, you can really see a culture with a long history, but as the author's journey progresses, it is expressed at this time and place. There are anecdotes, funny moments and occasional threats along the way. The only disappointing thing was that when the author approached the eastern end of the island's shrinking peninsula, the journey suddenly ended. But this is the beauty of travel. It must understand its nature and the time of its occurrence, because at the end of the day, it is the call of the next trip. But by writing it down, Colin Thubron gives us all the fun of experiencing everything, and then has the opportunity to repeat it.