A Day at Escape Beach

We felt like a visit to the beach today!  One of the nearest ones to us is Escape Beach, about 10 minutes in the car.  It is one of the most developed beaches on this part of the coast with loungers, umbrellas, cafes, showers, toilets, wifi, watersports – everything you can think of.  The water is so clear and it is very gently shelving and totally sandy.  The perfect family beach really.

All beaches in Cyprus are public so you can go to Escape Beach for free, but if you want to use the lounges and the umbrellas, you have to pay.  It is about £2.50 for a lounger and an umbrella – great value.  There is also a little pier they have built and beds on that are more expensive.  However, we prefer to be in the front line of loungers which is literally at the water’s edge.

We pegged ourselves out and ….. relaxed…..  lots of swims, reading….. eventually we felt a bit peckish and called the waiter for lunch.  He brought us two massive plates of calamari, chips and salad which we shared.  The calamari was delicious.

It was quite busy down there today, lots of people on holiday clearly.  We haven’t been on the beach when it’s been as busy as that before.  Very pleasant though.

We packed up about 330 and headed off for a few errands.  Joe wanted the bank, and we also popped into Lemar supermarket to pick up some supplies for our bbq party tomorrow.  I am going to try and make a big loaf of the village bread we enjoyed so much in Turkey.  I’ve found a recipe and we will bake it in the wood oven tomorrow.  Finger’s crossed it works!

Headed back up the hill to the villa and unpacked all the food and then jumped in the pool for another wallow!  Lovely.

I made the bread dough and left it to prove overnight as per the recipe.  It was about 530 by then, so we all retired for our “rest” before meeting for cribbage and g&ts at 630!!

Tonight we had dinner at our favourite restaurant, Ambiance.  It was just as beautiful as ever and well attended.  The service is so excellent here as well as the food.  We started with a mixed meze and also courgette fritters.  All delicious.  Then Bob had scampi, I had seabass in a cream and dill sauce, and Joe had grilled chicken.  Along with all this we had copious included sides: butter mash; mixed veg; salad, chips; saute potatoes…  We were stuffed by the end, no hope of dessert.

We met our friends, Heather and Chris there.  They were dining with friends.  hope to see them next week before we go home.

Got back and chewed the fat under the massive full moon, accompanied by Cyprus brandy.  A brilliant night.

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