|Schloss Ambras Innsbruck|
We are going to Cyprus in June and will be hiring a car. Cate is going for work so I am going to tag along and we are taking a few extra days to explore the Island.
So we will ask for a navigation system which they agree to provide but unfortunately when we pick up the car there will not be one available and they will give us a map of Cyprus the size of an iPad and say here use this. This has happened before so we know what to expect.
When we went to Turkey we asked for a navigation system so that we could find our way to Gallipoli but alas they were out of systems when we got our car – and they gave us a map of Turkey the size of an A4 sheet of paper. We survived by using the maps in my iPhone but this is a very expensive way to do it because you have to turn on global roaming.
Unfortunately I am very bad at reading maps – especially tiny ones – so car navigation systems are really the only things that can get us to where we want to go. Sure – many people say they are bad at reading maps but trust me I would be a medallist in the ‘world’s worst map readers’ Olympics.
So to prepare for this eventuality I decided that I should buy a portable car navigation system. I used to have a Tom Tom but lost this on a trip – but it was pretty well shagged out anyway.
We don’t need a portable one in Austria because we have one built into our car and it has taken us all over Europe.
First I looked to see who has maps of Cyprus. Tom Tom does not - and Garmin does not specifically say it has - but Googling told me that there is a map of Cyprus in the Garmin Greek map.
So I duly bought a baby Garmin which included the maps for all of Europe – and ostensibly one for Cyprus. I can’t find this despite an extensive search. I have emailed Garmin and do not expect a reply.
So back to Google – and I discover that there is a map of Cyprus available from Garmin in Cyprus – so I email them for details.
Turns out it costs €110 and is only available on an SD card. This is just a little bit less than the cost of my new Garmin - which includes all the countries of Europe.
So I have ordered a map of Cyprus from Amazon. We will just have to do it the old fashioned way.
On the bright side we will get hopelessly lost and see many parts of Cyprus we had never planned to.
And I imagine that on more than one occasion I will say ‘I wish I had bought that Garmin map for Cyprus’.