Lapathos Village Reunion
July the 9th, 2000.
The Greek and Turkish Cypriot co-villagers of Lapathos [Bogazici] reunited at pergamos Park.

Old black and white photographs passing from hand to hand. This was the main theme of the Lapathos village reunion at pergamos park. Can you imagine? These Turkish Cypriots collected as many photographs as they could from the houses of their Greek Cypriot neighbours after they were forced to flee in 1974. They kept them for twenty six years waiting for the moment to give them back to their owners.


This meeting was the initiative of the Lapathos Expatriates Asociation.

Photos by Adonis Florides
copyright 2000 All rights reserved

A Cypriot from Lapathos



Old neighbours



Next time you tell your brother to be here....



Heat, dust and smoke.



Hats are absolutely necessary under the burning sun...



Trying to recognise each other after 26 years....



Talking... mostly about the past...



I am trying to rember who he is...



For sure they do remember each other very well....



I remember you were such a slim guy...you ve changed so much..



If I didn't know the old lady was a Turkish Cypriot and the younger one a Greek Cypriot I would say they were mother and daughter..



Her daughter's wedding picture brought by her Turksih Cypriot friend......



Looking at family pictures their Turkish Cypriot co-villagers kept for so many years waiting for the time to give them to their owners....



Who is who... Memory sometimes plays funny games... Is it her or not?



....No .. it's not her....



Neighbours.



memories...



...more memories...



passing from hand to hand...



ruined picture but still invaluable...



Do you know who is he? .. He is the son of...



This is my parent's village...



Nene ..yiayia..grandmother.. as she is steping out from a medieval painting...



Her wallnut sheet (glykon karydakin) was the best in the village...



Posing with her daughter's wedding picture...



Yes.. it is definately her...



It is a pitty they did not come .. Next time they must...



Time for lunch.. Let's start with some Lapathos burek (burekia) filled with hallumi...