Favorite thing: There were stray cats everywhere in Nicosia. They walked the medieval walls, they shaded under cars, and they revelled in the freedom of No Man's Land. Turkish Cats, Greek Cats, they all looked the same. They moved from one side to the other with impunity
Crossing the border. Nicosia.
Favorite thing: Walking across the border, the south dont bother much, in or out. The north ( if you EU ) require a little form with name , passport number, and nationality, in or out.In the picture the red box is the south office, the dirty blue sheeting is covering the derelict no mans lane buildings, The little roundabout with the decorative poles has nothing to do with the border.
Favorite thing: South Nicosia is the greek part of the capital - rich, modern - but not very much vibrant - especially in the day. At night it is lively and busy, so it is a little more charming. It also offers more restaurant opportunities than in the northern part.
Fondest memory: Sights are not as impressive as in the northern part, desite some nice greek ortodox churches. I had my best moments early in the morning, when it was still sleepy and quiet. When aggressive car drivers hit the road, it becomes a little bit hellish.
Favorite thing: North Nicosia, the turkish part of the capital, is pure heaven... as soon as we walked across the border and enter it, we were perfectly happy... friendly people and faces, smiling at us, kids playing on the streets, less traffic than in the Greek part.
Fondest memory: The northern part is a lot poorer and many houses, especially in the immediate area of the border, badly damaged - yet with families living in them. Despite this "state of despair" we found plenty of interesting attractions to see, makets, mosques and even a restored caravanserrail - and many friendly cafes where to sit and have some chai.
Archbishop Makarios statue
Favorite thing: Archbishop Makarios statue is an imposing bronze statue which was erected outside the Archbishop's palace in Nicosia to commemorate his life. Makarios III was the archbishop and primate of the autocephalous Cypriot Orthodox Church (1950-1977) and first President of the Republic of Cyprus (1960-1977).
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- Religious Travel
Ayia Sophia Cathedral
Favorite thing: Ayia Sophia Cathedral is now the Selimiye Mosque. It was originally constructed during 1209 and 1228. The Kings of Cyprus were crowned here until the Venetians took control of the island in 1489. This ancient building is the chief mosque in Cyprus.
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Behind the green line
Favorite thing: The Turkish Cypriots use the divided part of Nicosia as the capital of an internationally unrecognized (except for Turkey) state known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The population of the part of the city under the control of the Republic of Cyprus is 270,000. As everything changed from 1974 when Cypriots forced to abandoned their homes after the Turkish invasion, this part of the city seems to be very different from the other.
Favorite thing: 'Pyli Ammochostou' - Famagusta Gate - is one of the original entrances to the old city, which is renovated and which won the Europa Nostra award for its restoration. Many old churches are to be found in this part of town, and other places of interest.
Walking through the old Nicosia
Favorite thing: To walk through the old city is to step backwards in time. Narrow streets and old houses with ornate balconies jut from weather beaten sandstone walls, smell of jasmine flowers in those long summer evenings, and craftsmen in small workshops practice trades unchanged for centuries. 'Laiki Yitonia' - Folk Neighborhood - is a pedestrian section, which has been carefully renovated to evoke the atmosphere of past days.
Crossing to the North
Favorite thing: One of the most frequently asked questions about Cyprus is about crossing between the north and south. I wouldn't suggest you asking the embassy but try it out yourself :) I asked a lady at the consulate in Bangkok about this and she said it was impossible for Thai citizens to cross from the south to north without a proper Turkish visa. I've always thought people at the embassy/consulate should know best so I believed her. What a shame because there's so much in the north that I wanted to see. Anyway, the process was simple, on the south, you go to this little room and someone asks you why you wanna go to the north and when you plan on coming back. Then some more walkings and you can see a few immigration booths. A staff there handed me a piece of paper(in the picture) to fill in, I filled it up and handed it back. He put those infos on computer and then he stamped this piece of paper and wrote down I could stay for 30 days. There was no fee at all. And then you will find yourself wandering around in the north! On the way back, I handed in this piece of paper and the staff stamped exit and that was it. It was painless. If I, a Thai citizen, could cross it without any hassle, I'm sure any citizen of this world can do it too.
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Avoid Nicosia in the summer
Favorite thing: If you are thinking of visiting Nicosia then avoid the months of July and August. As the town is in the valley between two mountain ranges it becomes an oven. As an example during that time of the year it can easily be around 36 degrees at 9.00am in the morning and 40 something in the afternoon. Most locals would leave Nicosia during the weekend. It is nearly impossible to be outside between 11.00 and 16.00. So to make the most of your time here, try to visit in May/early June or September/October
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if you are ill..
Favorite thing: Ear- nose- throat specialist Ahmet Gulle.. a good doc. for any head problem.. Clinic number: +90 392 223 61 23, cell phone number +90 533 861 50 83.
address is Mehmet Akif Street, No: 101 Dereboyu / Nicosia
Fondest memory: the fish in my ear:))
Stroll through the old town
Favorite thing: What I liked most about this city was the beautiful mixture of the old and the new: tall buildings and shopping centres standing side by side with picturesque old churces and houses
Fondest memory: What I allways remember with a smile is a stroll through the old town during a quiet summer afternoon, taking in its architecture, its cosy narrow streets of stone, its shops, cafes and restaurants....To me, the old town is what Nicosia is all about
water pipe, chicha, hookah, narguileh...
Favorite thing: I love smoking the I love smoking the water pipe (chicha, hookah, narguileh, hobely-bubbely... call it what you want) and found a great place in the old city, by the place going under the name of Tony's B&B (look in the lonely planet for exact location). I
t's full of Lebanese and Egyptian people, have arabic music in the back groung... You can either sit inside, or outside... real nice in the evening...
Unfortunately, they are only pen in the evening...
COMMUNICATION AND INTERNET
Favorite thing: COMMUNICATIONS:
get a cell SIM CARD from CYTA, it is called SOEASY and costs 20 CYP (and very easy, ask the seller to turn the instructions into English) .
All numbers beginning by "2" are "fixed line" numbers, cheaper to call, and the ones starting with a "9" are mobile numbers.
cyber cafes: none preferred, they are all expensive. However, if you are in Limassol, and want to eat at "Agostino restaurant" (cheap and good) you can use internet for free!
An other FREE place in Nicoisa, next to the Hilton (passed the Hilton when going towards the old city) on Makarios Ave (almost in front of the gas station) is the YOUTH CENTER where internet is FREE of charge. The only thing is that they have 10 computers, and you're only aloud 30mn, but if there is no one waiting, you can stay longer. You need to be under 35 years old. It is open from 10 am to 10 pm!
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