Monday, 20 April 2015

A Weekend in Cyprus

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet on the blog recently and that was due to the fact I was away on holiday in Cyprus. My wonderful sister invited the Mr and I to stay with her for a long weekend, taking advantage of the fact we had a few days holiday from work.

We flew Turkish Airlines and as it isn't a long flight, only about 4/5 hours, I was very excited that they provided complimentary food and drinks. I usually hate plane food but this was surprisingly edible!

I spent the majority of the time relaxing with the family, spending hours chatting about everything we had missed since we were last together. I also got to spend time with my gorgeous little niece and nephew who are just adorable and make my heart melt!

We ventured out to Korineum Country Club for brunch on one of the days and while the boys played golf, my sister and I spent the time chatting, drinking coffee and of course doing a lot of eating. North Cyprus has the most beautiful mixture of mountain and sea views and Korineum takes advantage of both.

But to get back to the food, I unfortunately didn't get photographs of the buffet, which was ridiculously huge, but I did manage to take some photos of the food I chose before I ate it..... which took a lot of restraint!

The salad bar included a huge variety of spiced rices, herb coated chicken, beef and onion stir fry, fried aubergine and vegetable parcels, a variety of cheese (including my favourite halloumi!) and lots of different types of lettuce and salad vegetables.

 Dessert was equally as impressive with a huge selection of different mouses, cakes, chocolates and other sweet treats. I opted for a macaroon filled with chocolate ganache, mosaic cake and baklava. They were amazing!

 Once we had stuffed ourselves so full we couldn't manage another bite we headed out onto the terrace and sat in the sun until the men had finished their round.

Later that day we headed up the mountain on the ATV. There are lots of little dirt tracks that criss-cross around the mountain - choose the right one and it brings you right to the top. There is absolutely nothing around apart from you and the wildlife, an utter silence apart from the occasional tweeting of birds. It is an incredibly peaceful place and I could have stayed up there forever!

On our final day we took a trip through to Ayia Napa. This was somewhere I hadn't been before and as it has a bit of a reputation as a "party destination" I wasn't sure what to expect. However when we arrived all of my negative preconceptions were completely dismissed. The harbour area is beautiful and the beach and surrounding areas were all really clean and tidy. As it isn't yet tourist season we had the beach almost to ourselves to frolick and sunbathe to our hearts content. 

The rest of our time we spent relaxing at my sisters house, enjoying the sun and beautiful surroundings before we left.

Unfortunately on the way home we had a pretty unsociable 4am flight to Istanbul which resulted in a 2am trip to Gloria Jeans for a warm caramel muffin and peppermint tea........ I have no regrets.

Istanbul is one of the busiest airports I have ever been to and we had a 3 hour layover before our final flight home. Luckily we had lounge access so we managed to hide out away from the crowds, have a rest and of course more food and coffee for me!

 I also managed a sneaky little visit to the airport Victoria Secret which was handily located near to our gate..... that's what I call fate ;-).

I made a mini lookbook for my YouTube channel if anyone is interested in seeing the outfits I wore while I was away.

I had the most wonderful time, a massive thank you to my sister for making it happen. I'm counting the days to our next trip!


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