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Report - Crane in Nicosia, Cyprus - January 2014

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Indecisive Moment, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Indecisive Moment

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    Seeking some winter sun I tried to go as far away from here as possible (where it didn't cost an arm and a leg) and leave 2013 behind me. I spent most of my time driving around various parts of Cyprus and it was an interesting place to see and felt quite deserted without the crowds of tourists who normally descend there during the summer months. Cyprus was pretty peaceful with dry, rugged, hilly landscape, with lots of construction going on but hardly any cranes to be seen, especially the parts I was around. There was also lots of half built houses/apartments abandoned for whatever reason. One beautiful sunny morning I decided to drive up to Nicosia to see what the city had to offer but unlucky for me most places were shut as it was a bank holiday and I forgot my passport so couldn't even cross over to the North side. Nevertheless, I spent quite a bit of time walking around this divided city. The streets were narrow and empty and had many old abandoned houses, this is when I spotted the crane, which was actually in the middle of a busy square with many people walking and driving past it. I decided to stay on in Nicosia and come back to investigate later that evening. To be fair it was relatively easy to get inside the fence and there was no security as such, like we have in the UK.

    This is my second crane and I have to say it felt much harder to climb as it was quite small and narrow and had very little space for manoeuvre. It again felt a long way up and my arms were dead by the time I got to the top! Last night I quizzed Rigsby at great length about different types of cranes but I'm really non the wiser about the type I climbed, other than the fact that it had a saddle jib?!

    During my trip in Cyprus I had the misfortune of breaking my new lens. Using a flimsy tripod, the camera toppled over and the lens suffered some serious damage. I couldn't adjust the focal length or use the focusing ring so I present some pretty shitty pics to you this evening - some of the worst pics I have ever taken but I didn't really have much of a choice.

    On the way out I managed to rip my tights as it got caught on the fence but then wearing a dress for exploring is never a good idea! Anyway, on with the pics. Hope you enjoy the views of Cyprus through my blurry lens :)



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    Thanks for looking :)

     
    #1 Indecisive Moment, Jan 10, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2014

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