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... hooked. I heard about this guy on WEEI about four months ago when he came on to promote his new book. I thought I would give it a shot so I started the book yesterday on my flight from Cappadocia and I am almost finished with it. And I don’t read. But he’s got me hooked, so I’m going to buy a few more of his books to take with me for all the upcoming bus and train rides.
I’m back ...
Back to the ship to move into our room, great cabin, a good size and the marble bathroom had a separate shower and bath. The walk in wardrobe was a room, luxury indeed.
Our cruise itinerary
Today we left Istanbul and travelled south through a fairly barren landscape devoid of its seasonal crops of sunflowers to visit the Gallipoli landing site. We stopped along the way to have a typical Turkish lunch of grilled sea bass and salad and then drove along the coast to ANZAC cove. The steep cliffs portrayed the futility of the landing and you could clearly see how doomed it was. Our first stop before the cove was where the landing should have taken place and it was a ...
... in a building several stories high. The mosaics are stunning as well: from the tiny tiles, shades, tone, and shape are all conveyed in the faces of the Jesus and saints. One of the mosaics was amusing: it shows the Emperor and his wife making a large donation to the Church. Very important message: help us pay for this structure, you wealthy *******s.
On the upper gallery, in one location, where some of the plaster has been removed, you see that it was almost an inch ...
... salivating (so to type), the quintessential Istanbulesque experience isn't treading the carpet of the Sultan Ahmed or the marbled tiles of the Hagia Sophia, but the worn, granite flagstones of the Grand Bazaar. It's not that it's large. But it is large. It's huge. And it's not that it's loud. And it is. It's filled with the susurration of a dozen languages, bartering in the five main ones and booming calls in English as well as furious curses in Turkish. The amazing thing about the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet