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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 445

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company of friends who determine to visit Cyprus I annually, and to arrange an hotel upon some favour-1 able site near Limasol, which they will themselves I occupy, and which can be extended according to future I requirements. English people are somewhat like sheep I in following each other, and a quiet beginning in this i simple but convenient form would quickly develop, J and Cyprus would be linked with the beaten paths M of tourists. The neighbourhood of Kyrenia is the ] most beautiful, but during winter it is exposed to 1 severe north winds from the snowy mountains. So much has been written and spoken against the · climate of Cyprus that an unprejudiced account maj'be ' acceptable. There are serious disadvantages to those j who by their official position are obliged to remain in ! the low country during the summer months, where the ] extreme heat must always be prejudicial to the health of Europeans. From the middle of October to May the climate is most agreeable, but the five intervening months should be passed at higher altitudes, which, as I have already described, afford a variety of climates. Neither Lady Baker nor myself or servants had any'climatic ailment throughout our journeys in every portion of the island. A horsekeeper had fever while at Famagousta, but he was a native who had suffered previously, and the fit was a return of chronic ague ; my own people never required a dose of medicine although we were living in tents through winter and summer. The water is generally wholesome, therefore dysen-1 tery and bowel complaints are rare; consumption is tinknown; and pulmonary affections are uncommon. | Fevers, including those of a typhoid character, and

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