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