Northern Cyprus: It’s Ancient!

We arrived to Cyprus and stayed in a town just outside of Girne. We had decided to visit Northern Cyprus because unlike the Greek side of Cyprus the Turkish side is less developed. For the most part, large resorts have yet to be developed.

We were in for a treat as it seemed we had everything almost to ourselves. So we took a lot of time just wandering around.

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The amazing thing in Northern Cyprus is the old gnarled and weathered olive trees. I read in one of the guides that scientific research had shown that the origin of Olive Trees was Cyprus. I don’t know if that’s 100 percent true but I am sure it’s fairly close to true. Either way, to drive past groves of olives and see the long history in the weathered wood is to look back in time a bit.

I can say hands down that the olives from Cyprus were the best I’ve ever eaten. We even packed some home with us.

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My husband would drive around the island pointing at things in wonder and saying “look at that, that’s ancient!!”
It was endearing, because he made no discrimination about ancient, to him, everything unequivocally was ancient.

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Holding Wonder Like a Cup

“Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.”
― Sara Teasdale

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The coastline in Northern Cyprus is breathtaking. Curling along the cliffs– a wonderful oceanfront road. We took several days to explore up and down. There is a certain kind if light…

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Stranded in Istanbul airport?

It’s been a while, but surprise, surprise! We have been travelling.

Our “anniversary” came and we found ourselves in Northern Cyprus. It’s was an epic journey.

Stranded in Istanbul.

Bank strike in Brazil. 21 euros in our pocket, credit cards flagged, no cellular service and limited Internet access.

Sounds like the beginning of a quest right?

Turkey had always been on my travel list. The series of events didn’t leave us happy to be there! In the end it’s the journey though right?

We learned a lot. Like, thank goodness my Dad lives in Canada where Western Union works, and how to share a sandwich between two people over three days, and where to get free Internet in the Istanbul airport, a place I swear I will never go again!!!

Ps: if you are googling from the Istanbul airport right now and your wondering about Western Union, stick to TEB. Turk Ekonomi Bankaski on the 1st floor by the flower stand. In our three day stint they were the most sympathetic and honest to deal with.

But anyway, here are a few preliminary shots from the road!

The bad:

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Turkish Airways=HELL

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This is where you find free Internet. (Or you buy one sandwich and scam Internet for the next three days) The Take-Off cafe.

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Because it is quite beautiful, when you do arrive…

The Good:

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