Istanbul, Turkey – Part 2

The second day’s weather started out much like the first day — overcast and gray. We took the tram to Taksim Square first thing in the morning, to see the Monument of the Republic before too many other tourists arrived....


Istanbul, Turkey – Part 1

We sailed into cloudy, hazy Istanbul in the morning, as the call to morning prayers were happening. It was quite something, hearing the broadcasts as our ship slowly sailed past the mosques into port. Istanbul is one of Turkey’s busiest ports, which...


Kusadasi, Turkey

The port of Kusadasi was an easy, walk around, shopping kind of touristy day along the coast. The water was a beautiful teal blue color, like you see in postcards, a stereotypical Mediterranean ocean. There were tour buses taking people out...