This is part of the fifth section of our around the
Complete Trip Overview & Map
Coming from Republic of Cyprus
22/4/99 The border is closed to both sides of the conflictors
but open (South to North only) for tourist day visits crossing next to the
Ledra Palace Hotel. Foot passengers only unless you, as we did, insist
on needing your vehicle to cover the distances in one day then reluctantly
we were allowed through but to prevent us escaping to mainland Turkey through
the north we had to deposit our luggage at the border. After passing the
Greek Cypriot billboard photos of recent "atrocities by the Turkish North"
and the UN green zone which has been preserved as was in 1974 we paid our
$US 4.00 one day insurance for the motorcycle and $US 6.00 each visa entry
fee for the day and were free to roam the north.
Spending most of our time in Girne (Kyrenia) we found little difference between
the two sides for the casual day visitor. The seaside cafes and restaurants,
the crusader castles and the people, outwardly looked the same.
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