Just returned from what I hope will be a very successful Familiarisation trip to North Cyprus. We met on time at Heathrow's impressive Terminal 5 and group check-in was not too bad. Everyone seemed quite bright and cheerful for 06.30hrs and we proceeded without incident to Departures for our BA flight with the very grumpy stewardess who fell asleep at the back of the plane for quite a while. On arriving at Larnaca, we were met by a gleeful Sabina Shaida, MD of Mosaic Holidays, and ushered to luxury mini-buses to Nicosia where we crossed the border very smoothly and were at our hotel within 1hr 45 ins of landing. We visited some fabulous places over the next 4 days, and some quite humbling too, learnt lots about the history and conflicts, and felt the genuine warmth of the local people. This is one of the very few short haul destinations which retains its authenticity, and takes pride in doing so. It is not commercialised but has all the modern amenities, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and hotels required for the ideal holiday. We all enjoyed sitting at Kyrenia Harbour in the evenings, drinking the local wine and enjoying the Nargila (water pipe otherwise known as hubbly bubbly).