Istanbul

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Istanbul

  Arrival We started out in the marvelous city of Istanbul, rich in history and architecture. We arrived at our hotel in the early evening. After a nice dinner of kofta and kabobs, we settled in for a good night’s sleep. We were awakened by the call to prayer from the mosque next to our hotel early in the morning. We were excited by the reminder that we were immersed in our new culture. After a large breakfast overlooking the Blue Mosque from the roof of our hotel, we headed out to explore the city. Istanbul was called Byzantium and then...

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The Turkish Coast

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The Turkish Coast

    Ҫanakkale, Turkey Our first Turkish port on day 2 was Ҫanakkale, on the southern coast of the Dardanelles. It has territory in both Europe and Asia and is the site of ancient Troy, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. We took a tour of Troy and climbed up to the top of the wooden horse for a picture. Ephesus – Kusadasi, Turkey On day 3, we docked at Kusadasi, where we were able to access some of the most well-preserved ruins in the world at Ephesus. The city of Ephesus was established as a port and...

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The Greek Isles & Athens

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The Greek Isles & Athens

    Patmos, Greece Patmos was our first island stop in Greece on day 4. Here, we visited St. John’s monastery, then headed to the beach to enjoy the lovely Aegean Sea.           The second stop in Greece on day 5 was Rhodes, with its beautiful fortified castle and fantastic beaches. We had an option to take a bus to Lindos but chose instead to stay by the port and visit the shops, fort, and castle.  We also visited a gallery before we headed to a lovely beach. Santorini, Greece Santorini is a stunning...

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Luxury Cruise

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Luxury Cruise

      Off to the Ship for Our 7-night Luxury Cruise We bid farewell to Istanbul and headed out to our home for the next seven nights, the m/v Tere Moana—a 90-guest luxury ship with 60 crew on board.           Our friendly staff aboard The Moana ensured our comfort, tailored to our every whim. Our bartender prepared a special drink of the day and served it at the daily cocktail hour. Meanwhile, the talented pianist Alex (Alexander Goldwin Lee) entertained us until midnight. While sailing from Patmos to...

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Delectable Foods

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Delectable Foods

    The food was absolutely delicious. In Instanbul, we devoured platters of kebabs and koftas with yogurt and eggplant flavored with a blend of Indian and Arabic spices. Later in Ephesus, we stopped at a Turkish restaurant and had some Turkish coffee and a Turkish delight. Turkish coffee is thick and is similar to espresso.     Turkish Kebabs Turkish Coffee and Turkish Delight   Aboard The Moana, we enjoyed the delicious meals prepared by Chef Roy, with many menu items designed by Jean Pierre Vigato, Chef...

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