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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul June 14th 2012

We said good bye to new friends and left Sea Cloud II behind at 9am, took a taxi to the Neorion Hotel in the "old city" part of Istanbul, got orientated by the hostess and set out to "discover". We walked to the Gullhane Park entrance near Sarayburnu. It's one of the most beautiful parks with tall trees and a nice breeze and it smells great too. Everything you've heard about the bustling city of Istanbul is true but needs to be experienced. People are friendly but I was approached by two men who asked me very seriously if I was interested in becoming a Muslim? So many little shops and cafes. At the southern end of the park is the main gateway to the Topkapi Palace and Archeological Museum. We stopped into the Cafe Safran ... read more
Haren Car Ferry Pier view
Gulhane Park
Alexander Sarcophugus

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul June 14th 2012

I composed these lyrics yesterday but don't have a melody yet. ***Sail on Sea Cloud by Craig Kincaid (c) 2012** - I ain't much for prayin' and I don't shed any tears - I've learned how little a man needs so I figure it's all in the years. * - Show me a stained glass window show me a fine walnut door - Let the light show me the temple as it stands o'er the Samos shore * - Lead me to the Church of the Virgin Lead me to the Grand Promenade - Let the wind brush over my shoulder As I rest in the oleander shade. * - Full sail, sail on Sea Cloud take me and my friends on the waves - Let's close our eyes and feel the sway of the ship ... read more
Sea Cloud II during the day

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul June 14th 2012

we disembarked Sea Cloud II this morning at 9am and checked into our hotel Neorion which was recommended to us by our friend Annick. we are steps from most everything in the old city but let's go back to our last days aboard Sea Cloud II. Tuesday night we had a great time at Antonis, a restaurant high up on the mountain overlooking Mytilene. Someone in our group got a referral to a very authentic Greek restaurant which took us a little time by taxi to get to but only 8 euros!!!! once we were seated with a view that I can only relate to Kona, Hawaii we were trying to figure out the menu; our server, Miki, who spoke very little English was trying to make some real nice suggestions and was so cheerful in ... read more
swimming at sea arrangements
view from the restaurant Antonis
Stefania and Mikis

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir June 12th 2012

Hi everyone, Toni reporting in - - - The Hunters went off to visit the ancient city of Pergamon and we decided to go into the city of Dikili. As we walked down the gangway, after giving our Boarding Card to the gentleman overseeing departures and returns (this is required at every port), we noticed a large cargo vessel. Of course, Craig was interested to find out something about it – it's being loaded with cement bound for Belgium, the ship's name “Gulf Forest”. We walked along the embarcadero - shore and found people snorkeling in the sea which is as clear as can be and then we found a “playground” with many types of workout machines so we worked out a little, then I decided to dip my toes in the water and found it ... read more
cargo ship next door
anchor of the Gulf Forest
fishing boat heading out

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 12th 2012

A few facts and stories about the sailing ship we are enjoying for 7 days and nights. Sea Cloud II was launched in 2001. She has a main mast of 174' and a length of 384' – she is the world's largest 3 masted barque. She is one of only two cruise ships sailed “by hands” in the world. She has 24 sails with over 30,000 square feet of sail area. There are 47 cabins with capacity for only 94 people . . . . during this “crossing” there are only 68 on board. All bathrooms are have marble counter tops and shower or baths. There are 4 decks : Sun Deck, where the bridge is also located, Lido Deck (where the two owner's suites are located) where the Lido Bar, Lounge and Library are located, ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 11th 2012

We continue to enjoy every facet of Sea Cloud II from the morning excercises to the evening dinner and delight of sipping a glass of wine and talking with old and new friends on the open deck of the Lido Bar or standing on the bridge and discussing sails, port procedures, etc. with the captain or the chief mate. After the talk about Pergamon, we relaxed in deck chairs along the port side of the Lido Deck waiting for word that the zodiac was ready to take us out to sea for a photo op of the Sea Cloud with all sails unfurled. No question about it, viewing the Sea Cloud II from 300 yards away is an impressive view. There isn't much wind but even still the sails are full. We return to the genteel ... read more
the water is really this blue
Toni and Bobbi in the zodiak
almost all sails working

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ephesus June 11th 2012

we really had a day of seeing another epic ancient city . . . at one time this city of Ephesus had a population of 250,000 and it will take 100 years to properly excavate it . . .... read more
view of Ephesus
our guide with a red poppy
upper Gymnasium Baths

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 11th 2012

Last night we enjoyed a BBQ in the open air of the lounge deck and marveled at the size of the island of Samos as we passed by it. Then we thought we'd watch a DVD in the Hunter's room which took some time to figure out how to work the system and so we started out watching “The Other” with German subtitles . . . I gave up and retired for the evening to my kindles, Steven King's “11-23-63” Craig just completed “One Way Out: An Oral History of the Allman Brother's Band”. We arrived in Kusadasi, Turkey (we are now in the Ionian region) at 7am Craig was up to be on deck and watch us be escorted by two other large sailing ships each with 4 masts (turns out that neither are sailing ... read more
one of the best margaritas
tonight was fashion night
Bobbi Hunter in the sunset

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Patmos June 10th 2012

Hi everybody, this is Toni and I'm going to tell you about today's activities . . . . but first I want to share with you this morning's quote for the day, "A good traveler is one who does not know where is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from." (Lin Yutang) This morning we arrived near the island of Patmos (we were not sailing) where we'll take a tender to the port city of Skala and a guided trip to the famous fortress monastery of St John, where in 95 AD, the Roman Emporer Domitian exiled St John the Divine (one of the 12 apostles). he made his home in a cave at the top of a mountain where he experienced an earthshaking revelation which has come down as ... read more
view of Skala from the the Cave of the Apocalypse
Placque dedicating the monastery
map and orientation of the harbor

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese June 9th 2012

Sea Cloud II is amazing. It's bigger than we thougtht it was going to be. Extremely well appointed with various hardwood cabinetry, moudlings, overhead paneling. The deck and side rails are teak and brass fittings are polished. The crew is amazingly attentive. Our rooms on the 3rd deck are spacious with our beds fitted with douvets. We have our own attendant who makes sure we have fresh fruit, ice, bottles of water, etc everyday and turns down our beds, etc. the bathroom is 1stclass. The ship so far hasn't done much rolling. There is an internet service but it costs 10 euros for a 24 hour period, Ken has tried it but it's slow. I finally paid up and it's OK but every now and then you get kicked off so if you haven't saved something ... read more

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