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29 January 2007

Our First Weekend in TRNC

We have just arrived in Cyprus and spent a really enjoyable weekend. Saturday with the sun shining we had an early al fresco light breakfast on our first floor balcony with the backdrop of Bellapais Abbey and the mountains as we live in the village of Ozankoy. We had lunch at The Pia Bella Hotel in Girne as part of the British Residents Society (BRS) welcome to new memebers (those that joined in 2006 - if you are coming here to live this is a valuable source of information help and advice call in to the Pegasus Pub on the Lapta road on any Friday to find out more). A very pleasant 3 hours mixing with ex pats learning all sorts of interesting snipits. The food was good and drinks very resonable 3ytl for an Effes and 2ytl for coffee. After lunch we took a leisurely walk through Girne soaking up the local atmosphere, the hustle and bustle of the locals enjoying their day off especially the youngsters. The evening was spent with a friend who arrived on the Island the same day as us chatting and drinking at home.

Sunday a 'full English' was called for before our walk up into Ozankoy village to the 5 Fingers Restaurant . We were warmly met by Sue & Alex and their two children. Sunday is table top day where anyone can sell their wares and everyone is welcome. This was the third Sunday of the market and there were people selling oil paintings, cd's & dvd's, oil lamps, wool, bric-a-brac, homemade cakes soups & chutneys etc. Several Turkish locals were buying & mingled allowing us to try out our few words of Turkish. A couple of familiar faces from the lunch at the Pia Bella were there. I am sure with time this Sunday Market will be a real winner and more sellers will encourage more buyers - everyone is greeted like a long lost friend and for 5ytl you can get a large cafaterie of 'Directors Blend' coffee (which can also be bought there as beans or ground) and while away the time chatting to anyone & everyone. When you visit the 5 Fingers visit their bookshop where you can buy a variety of new or secondhand books. After our walk home we relaxed reading for a couple of hours before enjoying a home cooked roast supper accompanied by a bottle of local white wine 'Villa Doluca' - this is the life and not a power cut all weekend - Cheers!


Blogger Fanos said...

hello and welcome to the TRNC! I am glad you had a good time... I am a Greek Cypriot journalist & teacher that lives in the Nort Part of the island where there are still humans... with a welcoming attitude and with a heart... if you feel you need to contact me please do so at 0533 832 1422 or at
Best Regards Fanos Droushiotis

29 January 2007 21:45  
Blogger Diane said...

Hi Fanos

How nice to see that you get on with your Turkish neighbours which i assume you do as you are living in the North what paper do you write for or are you freelance? what do you teach and where? I would not have the patience to teach children.
Do keep in touch.
Regards Diane

30 January 2007 10:47  
Blogger Fanos Droushiotis said...

Hello Diane,
I teach Journalism and Television Production at the EMU, I present Greek News at the BRT and I write for the Cyprus Times. Please contact me on or or call me on +90 533 8321422 for further details.
Once again I am glad i "bumped" into Cyprus 44 and you guys!

4 February 2007 19:12  

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