Posts Tagged "Asia"

A Night in Ephesus

On the evening of  April 9, 2015, the ship hosted its World Cruise special event, “A Night in Ephesus”. This event was to take place in the city of Ephesus, once the trade center of the ancient world and the second largest outside of Rome about 20 miles outside of Kuşadasi. We arrived to a reception line of Roman soldiers and were greeted by Roman citizens. The area in front of the Roman Theater, the Arcadian Way, was set up with tables for us to enjoy some food. As the sun was setting we could venture to the Library of Celsus and a view of the Apian Way, the main street in the...

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Kuşadasi, Turkey

On the morning of April 8, 2015 we arrived in Kuşadasi, Turkey, a resort town on the Aegean Sea. The ship is docked right in the town so we just walked off the ship to see the town and do a little shopping. We went up the main pedestrian street, Barbado Hayrettin Blvd, to the top of the hill to where the town Cemetery is located. It is interesting to see the grave markers adorned with turbans on them. Along the way several street vendors were selling Simits, a pretzel like pastry and lottery tickets. We finished our walk back to the water at the small local fish market. The thumbnail...

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Mumbai, India (Day 2)

Our second day, March 20, 2015, we spent exploring some of the temples and walking the streets in the city. Flowers are an important part of the offerings in the temples, so outside of each were flower sellers and garland  makers. Our first temple was a Shiva temple called Babulnath and is one of the oldest temples in the city. Around the temple were old Victorian apartments with their cupola style chimneys. We then walked the streets to the Radha Gopinath Temple, a Krishna temple. Here the devotees were making their own flower garlands for their offerings.  While in the streets we saw many...

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Mumbai, India (Day 1)

We stopped in Mumbai, India, formally known as Bombay, on March 19, 2015, for an overnight stay. We were moored in Downtown Mumbai in Bombay Bay. We took a general tour of the city with our first stop being the  Gateway of India, the original doorway to Bombay. The famous Taj Mahal Hotel is located next to the gate on the same large square. Our tour took us past many of Mumbai’s important buildings including the Town Hall and the Victoria Terminus, the train station which is an example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. Our next stop was at the Churchgate Railway station, where...

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Cochin, India

We arrived in India at the port of Cochin, in the state of Kerala, on March 17, 2015. The state of Kerala is known for its backwaters, so we decided to take a tour to see the local life on the waters. As we left the port area there were many cargo trucks that were highly decorated, seems that this is a tradition in this area. We drove for about hour to the town of Alleppey to board a wooden tour boat for a two and half hour trip around the backwaters of the area. There are lots of bamboo mat covered houseboats that can be rented for an overnight trip that included a captain, chef and a...

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