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Operation Dinner Out

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!

image3 image4Sandals – Ancient Greek Sandals (similar here) // Shorts – J.Crew // Blouse – H&M

The boys made an effort too.

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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).



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.

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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.

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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.

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We had some fun amongst the ruins.

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Yes that sign behind her says ‘dangerous stairs’ – she’s a rebel and will do anything for the right shot.


I wore harems from Next, T-shirt from Zara (old) and sandals from M&S, and Poppy is wearing a t-shirt from Target, harems from Zara (similar here) and Havaiana flip flops.

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.

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Finding our groove.

It’s amazing how quickly you can get in the swing of things on vacation.  Once you discover the supermarket, beach and local restaurant it all becomes so easy and you can hit the relax button.

We discovered our local beach yesterday – it was flippin’ hot at nearly 40 degrees celsius – our feet were burning on the sand!  It was pretty busy too – but the Med was clear and warm and the kids had a blast.  I was fascinated by the broad spectrum of people having fun – there were women with six packs and thong bikinis, and then there were women in Burkinis – all having a blast in the sun.

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We picked up some fruit and water on our way there – I wish you could smell the sweetness of the melons wafting my way.



Last night we wandered down the road to try our local restaurant.  My fingers were crossed that it would be good as there aren’t too many places that we can walk to here, and I want to make sure that OH isn’t driving all the time – he enjoys a cold beer too occasionally:)  As we left the house I was shocked to discover that we were now a family of six.


Thankfully the food was amazing, and the view was even better.  The restaurant was perched on a rock by the sea, and we listened to the waves crash as we munched on our mezze.


The fish was fabulous.


And so was the Efes.


My dinner guest wasn’t interested in having his photo taken:)


All six of us made it home and sat for a while staring at the thousands of stars, watching the Millennium Falcon fly over us, while listening to the call to prayer.  A magical night.


I was comfortable but looking at the photos in the light of day this outfit is pretty unflattering – it gives me zero shape.  Ahh well you live and learn – OH thinks I should write a post titled ‘Vacation Outfit Failures’ – he obviously didn’t like it either and thinks there may be more to come:)  Thank goodness I have thick skin.

The loose shorts are old from Target, the t-shirt is the Gap sunwashed tee (Just $5 in some colors!) and the sandals are Zara (in the sale).

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As I was on Gap getting the t-shirt link I completely fell in love with this dress – with a little imagination styling wise I think this is just gorgeous!


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Day 1 in Cyprus.

We’re staying in a villa just outside Kyrenia.  It’s always great to arrive and find that the villa is all it was described to be!  It’s fairly new and has all the home comforts that you need on vacation with children.  We spent most of yesterday around the pool recovering from our traveling.

The rental car then arrived and we then headed out to explore and get our bearings.  Kyrenia has a gorgeous harbor and castle – relative to the rest of N. Cyprus it is quite touristy – but in the grand scheme of things it is pretty low key.  Just as I remember it from 1998, there are still lots of expats here.  Most places even accept stirling as well as Turkish lira.


The Dome Hotel is where we spent the first night of our honeymoon in 1998.


We sat at one of the harbor bars for treats – Mum had one too:)


We then thankfully discovered a fabulous supermarket.  We will be eating out, but it’s also reassuring to know that we can buy great food and eat at home when we need to.  The children are very happy that we have found chicken kofte, fries and watermelon – they won’t starve:)


Now for my attire for the past couple of days.  I love my new harems from Mango – so comfortable for travel.  (Laughing at the Bisto gravy granules in the background – they’re to take home!).


Trousers – Mango // T-shirt – Gap // Sandals – Zara // Scarf – Gap

Yesterday I was in a bikini most of the time but ventured out in my River Island t-shirt dress and new M&S sandals.  These sandals are perfect – so comfy and they have rubber soles so no slip sliding over cobbled streets.




The BIG holiday hair arrived after a day in the pool and the wind in Kyrenia:)


And of course Poppy didn’t want to miss out on the photo ops.  Here she is in her new M&S dress.


Off to find a beach today!

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