There is so much to see and do here in Cyprus, including doing absolutely nothing but lounge by the pool in the heat, and fortunately we are here long enough to do a little of everything each day.
On Wednesday we started the day with a trip up to St. Hilarion – one of the three castles that are perched on the mountains around Kyrenia. The children loved it and did great climbing the steep access to the Royal quarters. Poppy was spurred on by her desire to be a Princess for the day.
Up and up we went with lollipop rewards at the top. Well worth a visit for the views alone. The drive up there is interesting too – through a Turkish military zone with shooting ranges on the side of the mountain.
For this trip I wore my J.Crew Factory shorts (only $19.50 in the sale right now!!), Gap t-shirt (just $15 in the sale with another 35% off today using GAPMORE) and M&S sandals – though as you can see the Newtons were required for the climb. (Sorry about the blurry photo I was being rushed out of the door!).
Yesterday we hung out at the pool until the heat subsided in the early evening. We then headed off to Bellapais Abbey which is just stunning, if a little touristy due to the many people searching for the Tree of Idleness from the book Bitter Lemons.
We had some fun amongst the ruins.
Yes that sign behind her says ‘dangerous stairs’ – she’s a rebel and will do anything for the right shot.
After Bellapais we drove into Kyrenia for another wander along the harbor. We ate kebabs and lamaçun with the locals, and then I had my brandy sour at The Dome as I did 15 years ago. Apparently Kyrenia has some of the best forgeries in the World – there were a couple of ‘Birkins’ that caught my eye. Might be time to do some bartering tomorrow.