Kalkanlı, a small village in Northern Cyprus (click to enlarge):



True to anticipations, I did not have time to take in conventional spots of interest on the island: Famagusta, Nicosia and Kyrenia remain the domain of postcards.

But the village of Kalkanlı holds its own beauty: as the thunder rumbled into the second consecutive day and lightening pierced the fields around, its dilapidated and forgotten buildings became ghostly set-pieces.

The air was pungent with the promise of rain and the streets deserted, save a few children peeking round trees and wild dogs frolicking in the grass.

The shop sold an enviable range of crisps, but only one bottle of olive oil.

As I returned from the village edge and awaited a pizza’s return from the oven, the heavens fulfilled their pledge and the rain pounded the road.

The owner came out, observed the rain and asked if I was English.

Then, “Do you know Doncaster?”

I replied I did, leaving out the association with flocks of train spotters.

“Are you at the University?”

Scowling at the road-turned-river, then at my canvas fleets, I nodded.

Reaching into his pocket he dug out the keys to a slack-seated Toyota.

My steed awaited and in moments I was dry and scoffing as the storm continued.

The moral of the story: hidden gems can come in all guises, be it abandoned bars, rural villages or pizza owners remniscing about Doncaster in Kalkanlı.

4 comments on “Kalkanlı

  1. haitham
    May 13, 2011

    nice pics,

    seems a peaceful place

    **r those mushrooms? 🙂 pic # 7

    • Layla
      May 15, 2011

      Everyone thinks they are vegetables! Or flowers 😀 They are… snails 😛

  2. haitham
    May 15, 2011


    I`ll just pretend I didn`t read that 😛

    • Layla
      May 15, 2011

      Hahaha! They were everywhere, stuck on the fences, lamposts, stems… so cute! 🙂

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