|Northern coast of Cyprus|
|Northern coast of Cyprus (lots of large caves)|
We followed that for an hour or so and then turned around because I was nervous about how much fuel remained in the gas tank. There was absolutely nothing on that new road and it was not an area where one would want to run out of gas. We saw only 3 other cars. The scenery was beautiful and we will drive that route again in the future.
|"Fun Park" (Campground?)|
At one very isolated spot there was a collection of shacks on stilts built out right on the cliffs of the shoreline. A sign called this a "fun park" and it looked like places for basic camping -- raised up off the ground. Not sure why it is called a fun park rather than a campground. (But then why are fried shrimp called fish stew?) Gorgeous views, but I am not into camping without shower facilities. And Bill doesn't believe in camping without an RV complete with air-conditioning and heat, microwave oven and television, as well as hot showers. So don't think we will be utilizing any of the fun parks on Cyprus.
Then we decided to turn in the rental car early because we knew we would not be getting out again that evening. This worked well as the marina receptionist could drive the car back to her village and return it for us when she finished her work day. All in all, renting a car for 3 days every month or so would work well during our stay here for the winter.
However, the next day another cruiser dropped by and inquired if we would be interested in sharing a full-time rental car. The car rental company will allow 3 named drivers on a contract, and 1 of the current partners in their rental agreement was leaving for at least 6 months for medical reasons; so they were looking for a replacement partner to share in the rental agreement. We understand that this rental agreement includes the special insurance to allow us to drive the car in both Northern Cyprus and Southern Cyprus. Count us in!! This sounds like a great arrangement. We don't know how frequently we will want to use the rental car, but this affords us an opportunity for wheels more often than only 3 days per month. With the bonus of allowing us to also visit Southern Cyprus if we want to. We will know later this week if this arrangement will happen or not.
|Karpaz Gate Marina|
|Karpaz Gate Marina|
|BeBe in her assigned berth|
On a positive note, however, the laundry facilities are now operational and open for use. Nice, new machines and not outrageously priced at only 2 Euro per load. Now I won't be polluting the marina water by doing laundry aboard and discharging all that soapy water into the ultra-clear waters of this new marina. I hope that the toilets and showers right next to the new laundry room will open soon. That will cut our walk by more than half the distance. I very much prefer to shower on our boat, but that discharges soap and shampoo directly into the marina waters; so we both normally use the marina showers to do our part to keep the marina waters clean.
Fish and chips for the third consecutive Friday night were delicious yet again. This time I paid more attention to the batter since a friend had asked about it. Silly me!! They use a regular beer batter, just like I use when we catch Spanish mackerel and fry it on the boat. Only difference is that I add a very generous dollop of Old Bay Seafood Seasoning and a half-teaspoon of cayenne pepper to "kick it up" as Cajun chef Emeril Lagasse would say. Mix flour and Old Bay Seasoning (or Zatarain's if you prefer). Beat eggs and add to the flour mixture; mix well. Add beer until medium-thin batter results. Toss in fish fillets which are at room temperature, not cold from the fridge. Coat well with batter. Remove each fillet with a fork and let excess batter drip off. Drop into hot oil, enough oil to cover the fish. Don't crowd and cause the oil to drop too much in temperature or the fish and batter will absorb too much oil and be greasy. Doesn't get any better. (Okay, Candy; now you know how to cook British Fish and Chips. Their chips are nothing but plain ole French fries.)
Tomorrow night we plan to try the 'barbeque' at the marina restaurant. We know this will not be real barbeque. It will be a selection of grilled meats. Very definitely not what we Texans know as barbeque. Last Wednesday there was a guy playing guitar during the barbeque special. We were walking back from the showers just as he started to play. He sounded nice and the evening weather was perfect and most diners were sitting outside. We are hoping for the same experience tomorrow night.
We have heard from 2 separate friends who might come visit in the next 2 months. Hope 1 or both makes it here. They probably will be bored but hopefully we can at least go sailing for a couple of days during each of their visits.