If you haven’t read part I of our epic beach weekend getaway, check out yesterday’s post of our visit to ancient Salamis and Golden Beach before reading on.
On Sunday morning, Father’s Day 2013, we woke up to this:
(Photo: The morning view in front of our room. What a way to spend Father’s Day.)
(Photo Above: Another angled view from our hotel room. Direct access to the beach, taverna for meals, and ancient ruins next door to the taverna.)
Ancient Ruins by Oasis Hotel Karpas
Breakfast was not yet ready, so we celebrated Father’s Day by walking around an ancient ruin less than a few meters away from the hotel.
Once breakfast was ready, we sat down to eat delicious fresh fruit, homemade juice, crispy halloumi cheese, tomato, and bread grilled to perfection and even more perfectly cooked scrambled eggs. Linus didn’t have a proper dinner the night before, so he went to town at breakfast. Even super hot scrambled eggs didn’t stop him from devouring until it was gone.
(Photo Above: You gotta love the look on Linus’ face. It’s priceless!)
Check out was at 11 am, so we headed down to Turtle Beach, another beach spot within a km from the hotel. It would’ve been difficult with little ones to walk to and from the beach, so we drove and saw this captivating view:
We were all completely stunned when we saw the view! We thought Golden Beach was spectacular but nothing prepared us for a private beach outing. We felt like kings and queens – where only the rich and fabulous get to have a beach all to themselves.
And despite a few rocks along the shoreline, we were able to stay away from those areas and enjoy a lovely spot.
(Photo Above: Seriously! Who lives like this? Future wedding planners, honeymooners – you should consider coming to Turtle Beach in Cyprus.)
(Photo Above: The kids had so much fun that they could have stayed there all day.)
We did not want our private beach experience to end, but because we had to check out, we left Turtle Beach after an hour of splendid private beach time. Prof walked along the shoreline for a bit and noticed some holes in the sand, wondering if those were where the turtles laid and/or hatched their eggs.
We checked out of Oasis Hotel Karpas and made a long two-hour drive along the northern coastline towards Kyrenia. On our drive, we took the northern scenic seaside route. We saw plenty of beautiful ocean waters that rival that of Crete’s coastline.
(Photo Above: Scenic view of Crete’s coastline – taken May/June 2013.)
(Photo Above: Scenic view of northern occupied territory in Cyprus – taken June 2013)
We also noticed some very Turkish-Cypriot statues commemorating Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, as well as other interesting things:
(Photo Left: Don’t let the photograph fool you. The large metal sculpture of Atatürk is so big that it can be seen in every direction. Photo Right: Another large statue of a couple.)
(Photo: Be careful when driving in the occupied territory of the north. These signs are the real deal. You don’t want to get caught speeding here. Unlike the signs and speeding cameras in the Republic, the cameras work in the occupied territory, and they will fine you.)
Most of the kids slept the whole way, and we were able to make it in good time for lunch. Unlike the stores and shopping centers in the Republic of Cyprus, where stores are usually closed on Sundays (except for tourist areas), the northern occupied territory of Cyprus was largely a busy place with people enjoying their Sunday along the harbor.
After a quick bite to eat in Kyrenia, we stopped by two playgrounds along the harbor. Having visited the castle in Kyrenia last fall, we chose to take a more relaxed approach to seeing Kyrenia. Besides the kids enjoyed some play time, ate yummy ice cream, and made our way back home to the other side of the buffer zone.
(Photo: Piano Man says yes to fresh squeezed lemonade and separated spaghetti with pasta.)
(Photos Above: Plenty of playground space in Kyrenia by the harbor.)
Happy Father’s Day, Prof! We love you!