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The ship does have internet access, it is slow and the price isn’t too bad so we will probably report on our travels every second day.
We were picked up from our hotel at 8,30am and driven to the port of Lavrion where our cruise ship awaited us. We went through security and passport control before being allowed on board our home for the next seven days = the Celestyal Crystal - cabin 3200. We are very impressed with our cabin ...
... eastern (apse) end of the gallery, is a 11th-century mosaic depicting Christ Enthroned with Empress Zoe and Constantine IX Monomachos . To the right of Zoe and Constantine is a 12th-century mosaic depicting The Virgin Mary, Emperor John Comnenus II and Empress Eirene . The emperor, who was known as 'John the Good', is on the Virgin's left and the empress, who was known for her charitable works, is to her right. Their son Alexius, who died soon after the portrait ...
... like everyone who walks through there really couldn't be bothered carrying their rubbish back to put in the bin so the area was littered with bottles, cans, and plastic bags. Kinda ruined the serenity a bit.
The ruins littered around the island point towards a much grander history than I thought which I guess is no surprise when you think of the age of Istanbul, it's kinda been around for a while. For some history, here's what wiki ...
Got an early flight into Istanbul which turned out to be very bumpy. Finally arriving in Istanbul the weather was terrible. We took the bus into the city center to Taksim Square where our hotel was. Finding our accomodation was a bit of a challenge, since we didnīt save a picture of the map when we had WiFi. Also walking around with heavy backpacks between narrow roads and dodgy looking people was rather uncomforting. Finally at the ...
8am start for a pleasant ferry crossing from Canakkale to Gallipoli across the Dardanelles. Our fist stop was the new museum that was not there in when Rae and I visited in 2010. The museum was simply set out but had an amazing dramatic account of the war from a Turkish perspective. Visitors moved through twelve different rooms as a group.some of the rooms had you standing on the deck of a ship where the floor moved to give an impression of being in battle. In two of the rooms 3D ...