Posts Tagged "Turkey"

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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Bosporus Strait Asia Side, Turkey

At 5:30 PM on April 7, 2012 we left Istanbul and started our trip into the Black Sea via the Bosporus Strait. This was our 5th time we sailed the Bosporus, but this was the first time we were able to view the Asian side in the daylight. Although not as populated as the European side there were a few interesting sites along the 1 hour journey through the strait. Of particular note where the Kuleli Military School, built in 1845, the Anatolian Fortress, built between 1393 and 1394 and the Yoros Castle, a Byzantine Castle built in the 13th Century. (Note: If you want to see the European side of...

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Istanbul, Turkey

On April 5, 2012 we started to enter the Bosporus, at 10:30 AM, from the Sea of Marmara and had our first glimpse of Istanbul. The weather was hazy and over cast but the shoreline soon became visible and the views of The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace were magnificent. We sailed past them on our way to a three day stay. Our first afternoon we went to the New District in Istanbul, which lies above the port. To get there we took a tram called “Tünel” to the top and the main pedestrian street call Istiklal Street. We proceeded to Taksim Square at the end of the...

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Sirince, Turkey

Today we ventured to Sirince Village, a synthesis of Greek & Turkish culture in the hills above Kusadasi where we docked. Once there we explored the town, had some fresh Pomegranate juice. later we went to have some coffee at a restaurant and have the grounds left in the cup read by a local fortune teller. After coffee we went to a local home for lunch.   Inside Sirince home Sirince home Coffee Restaurant in Sirince Village In Sirince Village Streets of Sirince Village Streets of Sirince Village Streets of Sirince Village Going to Sirince Sirince...

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