We arrived safe and well in Famagusta (known in Turkish as Gazimagusa) in North Cyprus, despite passing within 80km of Syria!

We had another painless customs experience, aided by a friendly local vet.

We were greeted by the sight of a crumbling old church in what is now Muslim territory. Traces of the island’s colonial past are also quite apparent — they drive on the left (as all sensible countries do!) and our vet’s office was formerly a quarantine stables for British army horses.

Even before the British were here, the island was an important strategic location, as these impressive fortifications reveal.

Crumbling church

Crumbling church

Fortifications as far as the eye can see

Fortifications as far as the eye can see

The date the stables was built, that's now the vet's office

The date the stables was built, that’s now the vet’s office