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Visual diary: North Cyprus, part 1

14th October 2013

Travel diary - North Cyprus - Style Slicker

travel visual diary - North Cyprus - Style Slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

travel diary - north cyprus - style slicker

travel visual diary - North Cyprus - Style Slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - styles slicker

travel diary - north cyprus - style slicker

travel diary - north cyprus - style slicker

travel diary - north cyprus - style slicker

travel diary - north  cyprus - style slicker

travel diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - styles slicker

visual diary - north cyprus - style slicker

After London Fashion Week and a brand new hair cut, my siblings, future/bro-in-laws and I spent a week vacating in Kyrenia or Girne located in the north coast of Northern Cyprus, my sister’s partner kindly let us stay at his family villa in Catalkoy.  Breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains, sea, endless palm trees, villas and cloudless blue sky (it hasn’t rained since April), with all the oooo’s and ahhh’s we instantly fell in love with the district.  Everything seemed so picture perfect, but fighting over the same ‘money shots’ with my Instagrammer-sisters were a little childish, it was embarrassing sometimes.  Mercifully, I ditched my heavy Canon 5DMK2 in favour of Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom to capture my holiday shots with surprising results – super sharp x10 optical zoom, it’s impossible to find fault in picture quality especially in low-light (as seen on the moon picture without a tripod), and decent battery life.  It would have been a perfect camera if the screen were slightly bigger than my current Galaxy S4 (measured at 4.3 inches, similar screen size to my first Galaxy S2), and the body less slippery, otherwise a great handset for travel.

Pictorial highlights:

  • Intro photo: Early morning approaching Ercan airport with Pegasus Airlines, can you spot the moon?
  • Photo 2: Awaiting to aboard the plane with Pegasus Airlines at Stansted Airport.
  • Photo 3: Our colourful travel wallets and passports courtesy of Aspinal of London.
  • Photo 4, 5, 6 & 7: After our much-needed caffeine fix for us sleepy heads, we went to explore Kyrenia’s picturesque harbour front, and castles.
  • Photo 8, 9, 10 & 11: Quaint-sleepy village in Catalkoy.
  • Photo 12 & 13: Trekking around St Hilarion Castle wearing a wrong type of footwear, beautiful views and hell of a trek.  The view of the sprouting medieval castle was said to have inspired Walt Disney’s castle design in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty.
  • Photo 14: View from the Bellapais Abbey (x5 optical zoom).
  • Photo 15: Golden hour in Catalkoy.
  • Photo 16: Full moon-ish (x10 optical zoom).
  • Photo 17: Food fest at the Catalkoy Village Night Festival.
  • Photo 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23: Sun, sea, sand, snorkelling and food hangout at Escape Beach.
  • Photo 24: Paragliding in the beach (x10 optical zoom).

Stay tuned for part 2!


All photos edited on Snapseed and Photoshop Touch apps, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom handset kindly provided by Samsung (UK)/3 Network.


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20 Comments

  • Reply Winnie 14th October 2013 at 00:24

    Oh wow – Kit, I can’t believe all these photos were taken on the S4 Zoom. You make me want to give up my iPhone 5 straight away. Seriously tempted to switch to Samsung as soon as my contract ends. Your holiday looked amazing, hard to believe you were only there for a week, it seemed so much longer!

  • Reply steph / absolutelyfuzzy 14th October 2013 at 01:24

    Wow you took these on a phone?? Amazing! The moon pic is pretty impressive. I just got a 5s and really should see if it comes anywhere close to this in terms of low light performance… probably not!

  • Reply Supreme 14th October 2013 at 03:13

    That is impressive, there is no way you can capture the moon shot in full zoom without a steady pair of hands, impossible is possible. I’m on HTC One, and tempted to switch to Samsung o.O

  • Reply Ana 14th October 2013 at 08:10

    Ohh, Cyprus. A perfect thing to do after FW is over. I can’t imagine leaving my Canon at home, but it seems it can be done. I love the sea water/coffee scuba pictures together. They will be my after FW break (as a desktop image), when our fashion week is over.

  • Reply Jonathan Man 14th October 2013 at 11:50

    I bought my first dslr camera for my next travel the other week, after reading your post I’m thinking whether to return the camera back and invest on the Zoom instead.

  • Reply Iwona 14th October 2013 at 12:49

    Beautiful!!!

  • Reply Rick Brika 14th October 2013 at 13:10

    Just got back from Kyrenia!
    Beautiful shots!

  • Reply Isabella 14th October 2013 at 14:05

    Ah the instagram-fighting money shot is between you and Helen! Comical to say the least. Beautiful pictures I really miss it.

  • Reply Michelle Lee 14th October 2013 at 15:14

    amazing colors in these photos!

  • Reply Lola 14th October 2013 at 15:21

    your pictures are always so beautiful! i love the pic of the moon and also the passport ones, so perfect xxx

  • Reply Dylan-Lynn 14th October 2013 at 19:40

    Too beautiful to leave the page. x

  • Reply Vi 14th October 2013 at 21:57

    Stunning travel diary photos, look forward to part 2.

  • Reply Ingrida 14th October 2013 at 21:59

    I dearly loved your holiday shots on Instagram and great camera phone too! A weight has been lifted off your poor shoulders. The moon picture is incredible.

  • Reply Sarah Lise 15th October 2013 at 11:11

    Incredible photos shot on a camera phone!

  • Reply Yvonne 15th October 2013 at 11:14

    Love your holiday photos.

  • Reply Renata 17th October 2013 at 15:06

    What? All these photos you took with the S4 Zoom? Indeed, I agree with “Winnie” upstairs, it makes me want to leave my Iphone and never come back. Amazing quality. Well, and you’re an amazing photographer, so that also helps. Looks like a lot of fun you had. =)

  • Reply Visual diary: A week in North Cyprus, part 2 20th October 2013 at 00:06

    […] Continuing from part 1.  Most days were spent eating out and stocking up on snacking supplies – never mind our uncontrollable expanding waistlines, the local food here were fantastic (and chips too!), lolling on the beach front, showering three times a day (remember, North Cyprus hasn’t rained since April).  Sightseeing, busy paying attention to how much data we used uploading snaps on Instagram, stressing about getting bitten by mosquitos and getting burnt from the sun, we applied so much branded insect repellents and SPF products to our bodies it became our self-inflicted problems. […]

  • Reply Ayse Reshat 21st October 2013 at 17:13

    Coming from a Turkish Cypriot background, it was very refreshing to read a wonderful post on North Cyprus.
    Your pictures and description captures the beauty of this unspoilt part of the island. I am actually going next week to see my family after 6 years and after seeing reading this great post, it is making me all the more excited to visit the unique places shown in the images! :-)

  • Reply Margo style 24th October 2013 at 02:42

    Exceptional photography.

  • Reply Matthew Pike 27th October 2013 at 09:15

    I always take my slr with me on holiday but it never works out, always resorting to a smaller digi. Mine’s surprisingly handy actually, think it’s only about 8mp (not that I reeeeeeally know what that means!).

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