Dardanelles Science Cruising

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October 12th 2013
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After the intensity of the last several days, I was glad for a day of scenic cruising. We enjoyed the view of Istanbul from our veranda as we sailed away. Just off the old city, a huge group of small fishing vessels sat together in the water, apparently fishing for blue fish. After entering the Sea of Marmara, we went to the dining room for breakfast. After brekkies, we read, then walked for a couple of miles. Lunch was also had in the dining room: curry buffet. Only passable curry and not very good chutney. I definitely make a better chutney. We returned to the room for more rest, then went back to the dining room for tea. Tea – Indonesian spice – was a bit disappointing – not as flavorful as I like. Then, we entered the Dardanelles around 4:30pm. Time for a drink and scenic cruising. We sat on our verandah, listening to the commentary on our television. We were told a lot about the battle of Gallipoli. Most of the northern side of the peninsula – forested, low hills – has been set aside as a national or historic park. My favorite site was the castles, although the huge Gallipoli monument was also very impressive.

We had dinner in the dining room, then decided to go the show – the first song and dance show we had seen. It was fine – fairly typical, maybe slightly better talent than most.


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