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Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Paphos, Cyprus, July 2007

More cellphone images, as are all I have posted from Cyprus so far.

After the mosaic site visit, my sister and her family took me to an ancient church in Paphos which features the Column of St Paul among its many architectural treasures. More mosaics, many other columns still standing, and a small well. My sister had to rub her eyes: was that a young fox cowering in the hole? Indeed it was, on this blisteringly hot day, with no indication of how long it had been trapped. I climbed in to see in what condition it was, but my appearance panicked it into frantic flights around the walls. A long branch inserted was no way out, so my brother-in-law then descended with a cloth, with which he helped the madly clambering animal rocket all of the way out and off into the distance. It was well enough to run, as we saw, and we could only hope it would find enough food and water to make up for its incarceration. "Catch for us the little foxes..."

(The church at bottom was not the main church on the site, but a much smaller, more ruined one, also well worth exploring though in sad condition.)

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