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.