Visit to Nicosia
04.04.2019 - 04.04.2019 18 °C
Queens Suite - Deck 9 - Cabin 9047
Today we arrived in Limassol which is the second largest town in Cyprus and its main port. Stretching for 10 miles along the coastline, the Troodos mountains provide the town with a magnificent backdrop. There are castles and ancient sites here dating back 7,000 years!
Up at 6 am to be ready by 7 am when our room service breakfast arrived. This time I remembered to order everything!
We all met at 8.10 am and were on the bus and ready to go at 8.30 am.
Originally we had booked a shore excursion to Larnaka and Lefkara but a couple of days ago, Phil decided to change it to Nicosia Highlights. Bad move. I should have stuck to my guns and gone to Larnaka and Lefkara on my own. The Nicosia trip was 20 USD more and it was the biggest waste of money and boring as hell.
It was about an hour and a half drive there and back. When we got there, we saw Archbishop Makarios' palace (through the gates) then walked next door to St John's Cathedral that dates back to 1660. It's walls and ceilings are covered with beautiful 18th century frescoes but unfortunately we weren't able to take any photos. And the guard was watching us like a hawk and would fine us 50€ if we even looked like taking a photo!
We then went to the old town section of Nicosia to Laiki Yitonia where we had some pita bread with haloumi and a lemon drink, that was the colour of lemon but tasted like water.
Then we were given half an hour to walk around the streets before we got back on the bus and came back to the ship. Total waste of time and money. I won't be doing that again in a hurry!
Phil bought a new watch band which I believe is too small, but time will tell.
By the time we got back on board, we had missed lunch, so Phil has room service, and I went down for afternoon tea and had a delicious scone, jam and cream. Robin and Chris were there and we shared our thoughts about today's shore excursions. Seems like Robin had the best one to the mountains.
Bye bye Cyprus.
G&T on the balcony watching a beautiful sunset.