Both sides of the wall felt very safe. It's a small city, but the locals make it feel even smaller. On the Greek side I was forced, against my will, to enjoy ouzo and a barbecue with Cypriot soldiers and civilians. On the Turkish side I witnessed a small child rescued by unknown older children as he tried to cross a dangerous highway. They walked him down the street to a zebra crossing and helped him over. It felt more like a village than a capital city.
Greek Cypriot "Customs"
If you visit the Northern part of Nicosia when you enter you'll see a large sign saying its allowed to buy up to 250 euro of goods ... no mention of cigarettes, alcohol or meats not being allowed. We bought 2 cartons of cigarettes and upon return were stopped by a "customs" official who confinscated 16 of the 20 packets!!! ... We asked where it was written we weren't allowed to bring these back in ... apparently it's not - apart from (one official informed us) on an internet site and then only in Greek!!!! Our offer to pay taxes was not an option - additionally we were supposed to thank them for not imposing a penalty. Basically we felt we were mugged by the customs.
Beware of where you go when...
Beware of where you go when walking around the old town as you can easily find yourself on the UN line dividing the city (The Green Line). You can get in serious trouble for taking photos of the border so be vigilant!
More or less it´s a warning...
More or less it´s a warning for the drivers who aer not cypriots or english-men. The cars in Cyprus have the wheel on the right side, so the way of driving and the roads are on the opposite side. So tke care when you´re driving or crossing a road!!!
When looking towards the turkish side(through the U.N zone)it is prohibited to take photos of the border crossings and could result in your arrest.
The zone is situated at the top end of Ledra st.
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