May 27th & 28th, 2010. After we left Turkey we flew into Venice, Italy to catch our 12 day cruise on the Crown Princess. We spent 2 days in Venice. What a lovely place. We spent all day walking around and enjoying the canals and all the beautiful architecture. Here is a picture of Gene, Bonnie & Trish, outside the cruise ship.
On our first night in Istanbul we wandered the streets around our hotel. It was the only day that we had to wear jackets. Wasn’t very cold, but a chill. We stopped at this outside restaurant to have a drink and there was a fiddler walking around. We talked to the couple that was sitting across from us. They were from New Jersey and heading out the next day to go out on a yacht for a week. The fiddler put down his fiddle and got us to dance with him!
This is a picture of me on the rooftop of our hotel with the Blue Mosque in the background. We were so close to this mosque we could throw a rock and hit it! The bad part of being that close to a mosque is when they start the recording that calls you to prayer. They have speakers attached to the roof so everyone can hear it and it lasts about 5 minutes. This was a shocker our first morning. It goes off at 4:30 am every day.
We took a ferry along the Boshporus Straight that takes you all the way out to the Black Sea. It makes a few stops along the way and you get to see some amazing sites. It ends in Anadula where it sits for a few hours and you can walk around town, have lunch, shop, etc. We hiked up to a crumbled castle that had a fantastic view of the Black Sea.