Under the wing of the island of Cyprus - the land of Aphrodite.
Let's start with the military theme. Everyone knows that the ancient warriors always found healing by pouring dead water, now living, then plunging into the waters of various healing sources. And the fact that such sources were, we know for sure. Even the Romans organized a kind of water hospitals on hot springs, where they sent for the rehabilitation of wounded legionnaires. Hippocrates wrote about the healing power of water, but ... the question arises, how did people know about their healing power, so to speak, before Hippocrates wrote about it? Why would they climb, well, let's say, into hot or cold water, start to pour water or sore spots with this water and at the same time ... also pay attention to the therapeutic effect of this procedure. That is, that it helped them - no doubt. But it means they were smart enough to reveal the causal relationship that exists, draw appropriate conclusions and pass this information to the descendants. It's obvious isn't it? But how did this happen for the first time? Probably no one will answer this question. It is like asking who started the fire first or thought up the wheel. Nevertheless, sometimes the answers to such questions sometimes come in the most surprising way. And an eyewitness of one such case I had the opportunity to become just in Cyprus, and not only an eyewitness, but also its direct participant.
A souvenir from Cyprus is a donkey. And with a hint. Especially for tourists from Russia on the island there is a popular attraction - riding donkeys in the form of an underdog. First you are watered, then put on a donkey and ... go ahead. I have not tried it myself, but they say it is very cool!
First of all, find Google map of the island of Cyprus and increase its area where Ayia Napa is located. Then find Landa Beach. Then go down the map below, past Mikri Landa Beach to the beaches of Macronissos Beach and Macronissos Beach West. Here you will see a cape jutting out into the sea, somewhat similar to the Crimean peninsula, albeit remotely. Increasing the scale of the map even more, you will see on it the icon: "Archaeological Reserve Makronissos." On the satellite map, even the sun beds on the sand are visible here, but here the cape itself from the satellite looks like some kind of gray array bordered by a white foamy surf, and this is how it really is ... And there seems to be nothing interesting there, except reserve (and what's there?), but in fact it only seems that way ...
I do not like large multi-storey hotels with buzzing elevators. These are cozy with a two-story bungalows much better. I just want to sing: “The lights went out in the house ...”
But you do not think that in this hotel there is concrete everywhere and there is no greenery. It's just the other way around. Here with this ...
And this is also the "front side" of these houses ...
I got to this place by accident. Tired of wallowing on the sand at Landa Beach, I walked along the shore where my eyes were and reached the sign saying that the Archaeological Site was ahead. Around the golden sand, beautiful plants, flowers, people, umbrellas ... beauty. But in the park itself, which, by the way, is quite small, there are very few people. You can say no at all. Apparently, everyone has already watched it. I went there too and made sure that it was ... a graveyard! Lots and lots of tombs carved into the shell rock of an absolutely amazing kind. The entrances to the crypts are clearly for the dwarves. Inside there are two stone benches and that's it. No murals, no bas-reliefs ... I sat there, but what else to do? Got out of the crypt and went to the cape itself.
Here is one of the tombs discovered on the Cape necropolis.
And this is the plan of the necropolis.
Entrance to one of their tombs. Even on all fours and not get inside.
And there ... there turned out to be such a place, as if you had fallen on another planet. Irregularly shaped caldera, separated from the sea by a stone wall, against which the waves of the surf beat outside. The whole bottom of the caldera is even, but everything in the points protruding from it, as if the stone was watered with acid and part of it dissolved, and some remained in the form of such projections. In the middle of the caldera, strange stone towers stood out ... "statues" resembling castles, fantastic beasts — curious natural formations, clearly saying that nature is inexhaustible by fiction. From the gray stone was a strong heat, and the whole place was "wild, but pretty." And although it was hard to walk along stone tips, I nevertheless reached the wall separating the caldera from the sea, and saw that here the stone bottom was even and filled with a huge pool of seawater that poured into it through a crack in the stone wall. I wanted to freshen up, and I climbed into the water, since it was completely transparent, and the depth was a maximum of a knee. In some places, however, there were dimples at the bottom and in them the water was turbid, and for some reason this yellow water did not mix with the surrounding water.
Here it is, this caldera and "puddle" at the wall separating it from the sea.
Strange stone formations that rise here and there on the flat bottom of this caldera ...
And this is another ... Walking on such stones is just awful. Especially in the shale. That is why there, apparently, nobody really goes. In any case, I did not find other curious people there.
In the sea next to her, they also meet ...
Standing next to the deepening, I put my foot in it and almost cried out in surprise. The water was hot! Not just warm, warmer, say, the one in which I stood, but 40 degrees as much, no less, if not more, and this despite the fact that the water in the sea that day had a temperature of about 27 degrees. But most of all I was surprised that the water temperature in this “pit” increased with depth. From the physics course, I remembered that hot air and hot water rise up, and here it was the opposite. On the surface, the temperature is the same as in other places, but the deeper it is, the hotter the water becomes. How could this be? I decided first that hot keys were beating here. But there was no ripple on the water, it was completely calm. Passing through the puddle here and there, I found some more of the same depressions, and in some the water was hotter than in others, and in some cooler!
A crack in the wall, through which fresh sea water constantly pours into this “puddle”, so that even in the strongest heat it does not dry out.
It was time to return, and I went back, quite surprised at this incomprehensible natural phenomenon.
The next day was remembered by the fact that, pacing in silly slates, I smashed the big toe of the right foot on the curb on the road. And much! Literally to blackness, which I did not like at all. And most importantly - what to treat and where to go? It is clear that there is medical insurance, but it seems to be not the case, and I don’t want to be dragged by doctors on vacation. But it hurts to walk something. Especially climb the stairs to the second floor where our room was located. Came to the beach somehow, looked at the cape, remembered the caldera and it was here that I had an “inner voice” and said - “go there and put your finger in hot water”. I went, found a familiar puddle with yellow, and as if even with some kind of thick water, and stuck my foot to the very bottom. And there it is so hot that the foot barely suffers. He pulled out, and the skin is all red, as if from a sunburn. He came to his wife and daughter, told me about the "Dr. Abst experiment", they shook and smeared my leg with sunblock (except for a finger!). Then there was a fiesta, then dinner outdoors by the pool, in a word, I forgot to think about the finger. Before bed I looked: but there is no blackness. The finger became bright red and stopped hurting! Well, I was glad and went to bed. And the next morning I looked - there are no traces of redness and it does not hurt anywhere.
This photo clearly shows yellow spots on the surface of the water. Below them are hollows in a flat bottom and hot water, which for some reason does not mix with the surrounding cold.
We watched the whole family and forgot. Three days later, her daughter had already broken her ankle against a stone. She was lame and ... the first one, by the way, said, and let's go, Dad, to the caldera. Oh, how she “condemned” me while we were going there: and it hurts, and far, and inside the devil knows what, and the landscape is kind of wild. Somehow I put my foot in the water: “Oh, it's hot! Oh, it burns! ”One word is a woman! But she endured, pulls out her leg, and she is very red and right up to her knees. See, overdosed. Or skin is more tender than mine. Went to the hotel, smeared with cream and by the evening and swelling disappeared, and the blue disappeared, there was only an abrasion, and that healed.
Began to think why it is. "Are the keys hot?" No, it doesn't. Is the water heated by the sun? Then why the hottest at the bottom and not the top? In a word, so we have not agreed to anything. And in the morning I was already in the caldera, I put my foot in the pit, and the water is cold there! Like all around! He returned to his beach, waited for noon, went to the caldera ... Ba - the water is hot again! That is, the sun warms her. Obviously. But why then does it not mix with the surrounding water, why does it accumulate in only a few holes?
Cyprus is also such sea sponges. (Museum of the Sea in Ayia Napa)
And huge sea shells. (Museum of the Sea in Ayia Napa)
Later I even learned to take baths there, although it was difficult. The water turned out to be more saline and dense, and as if on the Dead Sea pushed me out. But still, I lay down in it and it was real bliss: the water is cool from above, and hot from the bottom - and it was very nice. I thought: if I lived here, I would have organized a balneological clinic - I would put baths and pump water from these holes into them. Although, of course, who knows how it was formed in them? And then you pump it out like this, the new one is poured out and the whole phenomenon disappears.
In conclusion, I can say that I am not a physicist. I can not explain why this is so. But if this phenomenon took place to be here thousands of years ago, when warriors-hoplites were still buried in a nearby necropolis, then ... some of them could have found this place in the same way, recognized the property of these waters and treated here for wounds and ailments .
And I liked Cyprus very much at home. Not very big, but very modern and cozy. Here's how this one, for example.
Now only one remains. Among visitors to IN for sure someone next summer will go to Cyprus and may be in Ayia Napa. Where to go and what to look here is told in great detail. It would be very interesting if someone checked it and managed to solve the riddle of Cape Makronissos ...