Thursday, September 27, 2007

Our Wedding Anniversary

We decided to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary by spending a long weekend in the Northern town of Kyrenia. Our base in Kyrenia was The Ship hotel. The hotel sits between the old harbour and the dramatic Pentadaktylos mountain range.
The bustling, picturesque harbour of Kyrenia is a a magnet for visitors but still remains some charm and has a variety of restaurants dotted along the front. At one end of the harbour is the imposing Kyrenia castle with its museum that hold one of the earliest shipwrecks ever found.

The ruins of Bellapais Abbey are situated just East of Kyrenia. The Abbey was built between 1158 and 1205. Bellapais Abbey in Northern Cyprus (or 'Abbaye de la Paix', as it was originally known) is one of the most excellent examples of Lusignan period Gothic architecture

We visited the stunning remains of St Hillarion Castle which was built around the 10th Century. The climb to the higher parts of the castle is a quite steep but the views into the valley and town below are well worth it.

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