Another day another port.
Today we're in a different country.
Right by the sea.
An old chapel.
Ancient amphorae - 2000 + years.
A carved cosmetics container- ancient Egypt.......Amazing.
View from the parapets.
Map of the different superpowers.
old flags and coat of arms.
This was found sunken near here.Look at the ingots. About 2 feet long. 2000+ years old.
All these also 2000+ years old.
Nice stained glass.
Not a bad experience.
After some shopping its back...
This time we were treated to a Turkish folk dance...
The guy in front looked so bored ha ha ha
Turkish belly dance.
Not too bad.
In the evening this boat was berthed next to us.
In the evening the was a deck BBQ
Lots and lots of food.
Look at the surroundings.
ha ha ha
This was before round 2 and dessert ha ha ha
As the sun went down
Then the party started.
Village people ha ha ha
Of course there must be a Conga line dance :-)
All this under the stars... Excellent .
A new port
Floating hotel. All i see is long lines and crowds.
A good choice.
Underground water and sewage pipes. 2000 years ago. Amazing
The floors are over the supports. hot water flows here and heats up the houses. 2000+ years ago.
The main road.
This is the Gate of Hercules.
Concealed indoor pipes. Amazing
Houses of the rich.
Mosaics on the floor.
The jewel of Ephesus
After a earthquake and fire only the facade remained.
The roman agora.
Seats 25,000 people
From here to a village for lunch. Old pickup...
I really love these stained glass lights.
Not too bad.
All the excursions were arranged by the ship.
Then a carpet making demonstration.
Back and R&R
Today we spend the full day at sea.
Here we're crossing a place of legends.
Europe on the left.
Asia on the right.
Troy is near here.
Today we chill...
In style ............ ha ha ha
Dinner on the deck ,on the open seas.
as the sun sets ...on our last day at sea... :-(
Gooooood morning Istanbul
breakfast with this sight...
The Blue Mosque.
After a sad goodbye to our ship we started our tour of Istanbul.
The Egyptian obelisks.
When the sultan comes you can't tell him to get down ,so the chain forces him to dismount and enter the holy place as a common man.
One of 6 minarets.
Every corner is beautiful.
Beautiful stained glass.
The prayer hall.
A last look...
Facing each other.
Then we visit the Topkapi palace.
By the sea.
The main building.
More huge grounds.
Overlooking the straits.
Its a palace afterall...
Honour guard from the Turkish military
Then we visit the Grand Bazaar.
Again these lights.
A long day.....
Back and R&R.
Our last day
Today we see the Hagia Sofiya
lots of people...
Old and grand.
Worn by centuries of use.
Pantheon ,St Peter's and this are all amazing
What an experience...
Roman ruins in the grounds.
Our last place to see is here.
Creepy but so cool.
Its got an interesting history.
And these fish played a big part.
imagine coming here with only a torch in your hands
A unique column
The gorgons head.
And the second head.
All this is built over the cistern. So cool