Cyprus

Neil and I have both been to Cyprus this year, firstly on separate occasions, then together. I couldn't make it when Neil could go in March, owing to golfing commitments, while Neil couldn't make it when I could in May. We both went for two weeks in July, when Phil and Tif came out for the first week. Neil's cousins went out there in July, Lisa went in September and I plan to go out again before Christmas, this time with Christine.

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Getting there

In the past we have used British Airways a lot to get to Cyprus. The flights were run by BA's subsidiary GB Airways. However, BA sold their subsidiary to Easyjet last year and we now tend to go via Easyjet. They fly into Paphos, which has been considerably refurbished this year, with a new terminal building. We tend to hire a car via www.carjet.com, which in the main are reasonably priced.

Aphrodite's Bath

When Neil was out on his own, he went to Aphrodite's Batch, which is on the road through Laatchi, at the start of the unmade-up road "E34" which goes around the Akamas peninsular. You can only drive along this road in a 4x4, anything else is will probably break. While there, he decided to follow the 7km Aphrodite Trail. This wends its way up the mountain, giving some spectacular views of the beaches along the north-east coast of the Akamos and, on a clear day, over towards Kyrenia. This really is a fantastic walk, but don't try it im mid-summer as you get pretty hot and you must take plenty of water with you. At times you are walking along narrow goat-herder tracks, but it is not too difficult. You need sturdy boots to make sure you don't trip and sprain your ankle. Allow 3 to 4 hours to do the round trip.

Zenobia wreck

We decided to go scuba-diving with our friends at the Polis Diving Centre to the Zenobia. This is the wreck of a Swedish RoRo (roll-on/roll-off) ferry that sank on her maiden voyage in 1980, just outside Larnaca harbour. The wreck is at depths of 16m to 42m and there is loads to see, including lorries that were on deck when it went down. I had done this dive before, but it was Neil's first time and he was blown away by the spectacle of this huge ship lying on its side. There is so much to see. I could dive this another half-dozen times and not get tired of it. You can enter the wreck, but please, only if you are experienced, several scuba divers have died inside the wreck and it should only be unbdertaken if you are qualified for wreck diving and have the necessary equipment.

Sue - October 2008

 
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