June 2016
  • Day9

    Day at sea

    June 24, 2016, Aegean Sea ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Finally a day to sleep in and relax on deck as our ship sailed toward Istanbul. We read on deck, sipped some drinks & enjoyed the sights & landscape of Turkey as we worked on our tans.
    On our last night on board we were treated to a talent show featuring music, dance, magic, and comedy by the always entertaining staff & crew.Read more

  • Day8

    Kusadasi

    June 23, 2016 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Our taxi driver was waiting & gave us a running commentary of the sights & life of Turkey as we drove back to the town. Clearly he was very proud of his country.
    We split up as the girls did a little shopping and enjoyed a drink at The Cafe Center Restaurant in the market. We cast off from Kusadasi with our last sail-away of the trip.Read more

  • Day8

    Exploring Ephesus

    June 23, 2016 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    The Odeion Theatre, The Celsus Library, the intricate Terrace Houses, the public toilets & bath houses, and the Great Theater where St Paul was said to speak, are just some of the beautiful buildings uncovered in Ephesus.Read more

  • Day8

    Ephesus

    June 23, 2016 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We were all blown away with the ancient ruins of Ephesus. This city, once a port but now 6 miles from the sea, was a prospering metropolis of more than 250000. Archaeologists have only excavated about 1/4 of the city. Walking through the marble lined streets & grand terrace houses really gives you a feel of what in might have been like in the 1st century.Read more

  • Day7

    Bodrum

    June 22, 2016 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    A short day in Bodrum exploring the castle and the Museum of Underwater Archeology. We took in the beautiful views of the harbor as we walked around the castle grounds. We enjoyed an ice cream in town on a very hot day. After a beer & some tea while people watching, we went back to the ship and did a little tanning & swimming on the rafts at the stern. Our day ended with a delicious on-deck bbq followed by line dancing led by the talented crew.Read more

  • Day6

    Faliraki Beach and a feast at the casino

    June 21, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    The girls decided to get in a little more beach time, so we made the excursion by bus to Faliraki Beach. Hot sand but cool water made the trip worth the travel time. After a rest and a shower, all the passengers were treated to a night out at the nearby casino. We sampled a feast of authentic Greek foods, orzo, & wine and were entertained with traditional songs & dances from the region. Walking back to the ship, we were treated to a stunning full moon. A sail-away under the stars was inspiring as usual.Read more

  • Day6

    Butterfly Garden

    June 21, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We took a taxi to the Butterfly Garden located in the interior of the island. The butterflies are really colorful moths which are attracted to the scent of a tree sap found only in this spot. There were droves of them but they were difficult to photograph as they fluttered around very quickly.Read more

  • Day6

    Rhodes

    June 21, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We docked at Rhodes which is a beautiful Medieval walled city. The buildings are dark, castle-like, & very different from the brilliant white of our earlier stops. We toured The Palace of the Grand Master and walked the cobblestone lanes of the Old City.Read more

  • Day5

    Dinner on deck

    June 20, 2016, Aegean Sea ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After our busy day, we a had a quiet dinner at Candles on deck and watched another beautiful sunset on the Aegean Sea.

  • Day5

    Oia and the donkeys

    June 20, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Another amazing town jutting out over the water. We explored the back alleys & walked out to the 360 lookout, Fort Londsa, before deciding to go down to the port to catch a boat back to Fira & our ship. The steps down were treacherous and the walk hot & tiring. We were looking forward to a relaxing ferry ride. Unfortunately there was no ferry, or any way back to Fira except the bus at the top of the 100's of stairs we just came down. None of us could muster the energy for the climb and the only alternative was the donkeys. So despite our fear of riding, we decided on the donkeys. The herder must have thought we were in a hurry as he loaded us lickedy split and sent us off with Nikki's ride leading. Our donkeys continually jockeyed for the lead, as they pushed and nudged each other while racing up the stairs, dangerously close to the edge with us hanging on for dear life. Part terrified, part exhilarated, and laughing our heads off, we made it to the top. None of us had the wherewithal nor the courage to get a selfie with them, only their butts as they raced back down to the bottomRead more