Recovery Day

Luck and some planning means we have a whole day to rest and recover from a ten hour flight and seven hour time change. Today will be devoted to leisure. The Kempinski Barbaros Bay (www.kempinski.com/en/bodrum/hotel) is the ideal spot for that.  This five star property lies in a quiet bay outside of Bodrum.  The view from our room at five thirty am – the joys of jet lag! – is of a gorgeous pink and blue sunrise …

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Gastronomic Gulet Cruise of the Carian Coast, Turkey

The history of a people is often closely tied to its cuisine, so the combination of gastronomy and archeology on this cruise itinerary had strong appeal.  Run by Peter Sommer Travels, this expedition has been earning rave reviews.  It is a unique experience and adds a few new layers to cruising.  Sailing on an ancient form of boat, the Turkish gulet (rhymes with ‘you bet’), re-invented for modern cruising, we will be experiencing the authentic flavours and …

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SeaDream Yacht Club Reveals Details of a Spiritual, Educational and Historical Voyage

SeaDream II Follows the Path of Paul the Apostle SeaDream Yacht Club, operating the top ‘Boutique Ships’ in the world as rated by the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, reveals details of a newly created 2012 itinerary featuring unique Turkish and Greek ports. The voyage was specially designed to follow in the footsteps of Paul the Apostle, said to be one of the most famous citizens of the Roman Empire. “We’re excited to introduce …

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Kusadasi (Ephesus) Turkey

Even before we started our cruise we had heard how incredible Ephesus is.  An ancient Greek city, later it was a major Roman city.   Knowing we would want to see everything and have a guide, we booked a tour online.  Our guide (Banu Akin banu@ottitravel.com) was excellent.  She had gone to college to be a tour guide and was an expert on archeology.  On the road to Ephesus, she ran down what we’d see.  For many visitors …

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