24 February 1927: The intrepid Mr Gunnis never stopped searching for antiquities, either by excavating or by acquiring them from various collectors.
“Down to Larnaca with HE and Lady S. To lunch with the Franciscan father in the monastery, cold but quite a good lunch. I sat between Luce-Smith and Fa Celestine who is Fa Pascal Rawlinson’s secretary. To look at the church and buildings, much too big for a tiny community of three that there is now. The church not bad considering its date, 1846. Then to see the Convent and girl’s school. Next a visit to Mr Pierides, uncle of Luki and to see his collection. Much the best I have seen so far in Cyprus, really good stuff. Tea with Luki Pierides. I got some antiques out of him. We also had a meeting with the local magnates on the pier to discuss its future as the sand is drifting in and making it useless, a man can walk out to the end and the water not much above his waist.”
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