If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll already know how much we all love it here in Northern Cyprus. We were here in 2013 and my husband and I came here for our honeymoon in 1998. It’s a place that is very special for him as he lived here as a child with his family in Famagusta in the early 70’s. In fact he was evacuated when the Turks invaded in 1974. The North-South divide still elicits much controversy, and Turkey and Greece are still trying to negotiate a some kind of settlement. Often it is the Greek Cypriot story that gets the most press and sympathy, but the Turkish Cypriots suffered greatly too, and I would love to see the island reunited one day, in some form or other.
For now, however, we consider ourselves fortunate that entry into the Northern territory is more relaxed, and we get the opportunity to enjoy the history, culture and food that it has to offer.
So food! Yes the food here is amazing – if of course you avoid the Anglophile restaurants in Kyrenia serving fish and chips…Last night we returned to one of our serendipitous finds from 2013 – the Besparmak Buffavento restaurant. It is nestled in the mountains at the foot of the road that takes you to Buffavento Castle – a climb we are planning to endure tomorrow morning!
For dinner I wore my new J.Crew shorts and the H&M blouse (similar here) I bought in Manchester. I love this outfit – I felt completely appropriate for the evening. J.Crew, of course, currently have a massive sale on for the 4th July weekend – use LONGWEEKEND to get 30% off the shorts and up to 40-60% off lots of other items too!
Sandals – Ancient Greek Sandals (similar here) // Shorts – J.Crew // Blouse – H&M
The boys made an effort too.
Fortunately the restaurant had not changed a bit and we had an amazing evening.
Poppy wanted to share a little with you all too:
Hi! I am so happy to be here – I remember it from the last time. The weather is great and very hot! The house we are staying in is big and I have my own room, and there is a big swimming pool for us all to play in. Last night we went to a restaurant that I remember from our last visit, and I had an Adana kebab with mezze. I love the food here. I wore my new romper from Zara (now on sale here) which is perfect for vacations.
Finally here is one of me stealing my Mom’s aviators. She wouldn’t let me keep them though…My top is old from H&M and the shorts are from Zara (also on sale here).
Oh Joanna, I love that outfit on you! The shorts are AMAZING! Not fair that they are 55 dollars with 30% off in the US and £55 with 0% off in the UK 😦
Great post – you always make me want to visit Northern Cyprus…it’s probably got a lot of parallels with Northern Ireland. Looks so beautiful.
And yay Poppy – another great outfit post…you look so pretty in your blue shorts and mums Aviators…she should *totally* give them to you!! xx
Wow Joanna….looks like you are enjoying an amazing holiday! You look radiant! Love your shorts outfit, it looks gorgeous! xx
Oh wow you have some stiff competition Joanna!
You look so relaxed and beautiful in the off the shoulder top and shorts.
That off the shoulder top was a great buy! Love it with those stunning shorts. My daughter Grace would love that black romper too, Poppy. You look fab! xx