Fylde Coast Musings vs Cyprus Life – in pictures

Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas at the beginning of March 2004 and spent the next glorious 12 years in Limassol, Cyprus. Sadly, in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We now live on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea just across from Fleetwood. More places to discover and capture on camera!

Limassol to north Cyprus (city of Nicosia) and back in a day: a photo diary

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Yes, the time has come again when we needed to pay a dutiful visit across the UN buffer zone into the occupied north of Cyprus for some “must do” essentials for the website…

My parents are here on holiday just now so it was a good opportunity to take them with us. While Clem went off to do the purchasing we all trotted along to my favourite spot at Buyuk Han.

Seated at a table in the sun anticipating passing an hour or so by we ordered tea for three. It came as a bit of a surprise as it was cinnamon tea. It smelled gorgeous and was actually very nice, especially with a little sugar.

My mum quite liked the cups we were served with too

Tea at Buyuk Han

Upon the return of Clem from the shopping, cinnamon tea was replaced with English tea and a ham (luncheon type meat) and halloumi toasted sandwich. (You really can’t “do” flavoured teas with food – it’s just not the done thing). With tea at €1 (2.50TL) a cup and the sandwich at €3 (7.50TL) in a prime location we certainly weren’t complaining they served us Earl Grey which was nobody’s favourite!

Time for a few photos taken from my seat in the sun:

Inside the Buyuk Han, Nicosia

Inside the Buyuk Han, Nicosia

Inside the Buyuk Han, Nicosia

Inside the Buyuk Han, Nicosia

Inside the Buyuk Han, Nicosia

We always seem to find something different to catch our eye whilst we’re wandering around these old streets and today was no different.

How about a fabulous old wall at the Antiq House, an arrangement of an ancient Singer sewing machine with a brass bowl set alongside a potted plant or a vintage bicycle for sale?

Old stone wall at the Antiq House.

Old stone wall at the Antiq House.

Singer sewing machine, brass bowl and a potted plant.

Singer sewing machine, brass bowl and a potted plant.

Vintage bicycle for sale at Buyuk Han

From the ancient to the modern.

Crossing back through the buffer zone we spent some time at a fantastic shop we hadn’t seen before on our travels. For us, it was all window shopping but mum bought a couple of presents for her friend and a neighbour so at least the sales lady was happy!

Window shopping on Ledra Street:

Window shopping on Ledra Street, Nicosia

I see a ship or two….

Sailboats and lighthouses

Shades of lilac in a Ledra Street shop

So that’s it!

Nicosia and back in a day……

We returned in high winds along the highway passing through rain and sunshine – a very odd day for weather all round in Cyprus.

Today's view from the top floor.

Today’s view from the top floor.

All in all a Grand Day Out – now where did that come from?


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cypruspictures/albums/ and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

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