Istanbul

Our 2nd port of call on the cruise ship was Istanbul. I’m skipping right over the 1st port of call, Santorini, because I didn’t really see any of it due to the extreme heat and crowds and some of our party needing to turn back. But I saw my husband’s pictures, and it was beautiful and picturesque.

We arrived in Istanbul on August 14th, my parents’ 50th anniversary. We walked from the cruise port across the Galata Bridge, where we caught the local ferry for a full-day cruise on the Bosphorus. It was quite hot, but we enjoyed the breezes on the ferry and the beautiful sights of Istanbul and beyond on both the European and Asian sides. The ferry goes all the way up to the Black Sea, where it stops in Anadolu Kavagi for about 3 hours before heading back to Istanbul. We ate at a nice little seaside restaurant and wandered the town for a bit. Here are a few of the views:

Lunchtime view
Lunchtime view
Suspension bridge being built across the Bosphorus
Suspension bridge being built across the Bosphorus
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View of Istanbul from the ferry

After getting back to the ship and freshening up, we were going to go out to a really cool restaurant I had found to celebrate my parents’ anniversary. However, Istanbul traffic is so bad and the taxis are so expensive that we decided to scrap that plan and eat on the ship. I hope someday to return to Istanbul and try the restaurant, Asitane, as it looks fantastic.

The next morning, the ship wasn’t leaving Istanbul until the early afternoon, so Domingos and I walked over to the Spice Bazaar and back. The stalls in the market were beautiful, with all kinds of spices and foods available for sale.

Colorful stairs on the streets of Istanbul
Colorful stairs on the streets of Istanbul
Turkish coffee
Turkish coffee

Next up: Ephesus.

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