A Maritime Memories
Voyage of Discovery 2

On 26th April, 2009 I flew to Istanbul, Turkey, to join M.V. Discovery as part of another Maritime Memories voyage. This one was called "European Odyssey" and took in the Black Sea, Sea of Marmaris and the Mediterranean. The itinerary was as follows: Istanbul, Black Sea, Sochi (Russia), Yalta (Ukraine), Sevastapol (Russia), across the Black Sea to Nesbur (Bulgaria), Bospherus, Canakkale (Turkey & Gallipoli peninsular), Kusadasi (Turkey), Heraklion (Crete-Greek Islands), Santorini (Greek Islands), Mykonos (Greek Islands), Piraeus (Greece), Valetta (Malta), Messins (Italy), Sorrento (Italy), Civitavecchia for Rome (Italy), Ajaccio (Corsica), Almeria (Spain), Gibraltar, Cadiz (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal) and Harwich. My Wife, Anne, would join me in Piraeus Sunday 10th May 2009. The following pages contain photographs arranged in groups according to the area visited.
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Discovery at Istanbul
Discovery at Istanbul 26th April 2009
Pulmanturs AidaDiva
Aida Diva in front of us
Ble Mosque from Discovery
Blue Mosque from Discovery
Hippodrome Istanbul
Hippodrome, Istanbul
King Tutmosis Obilisk
King Tutmosis Obilisk, Hippodrome
Blue Mosque from the Gardens
Blue Mosque from the Gardens

Gardens with Tulips in flower
Gardens with Tulips

Inside the Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque

Main Praying Area
Main Praying Area

Top of Dome in Blue Mosque
Top of Dome in Blue Mosque

Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace, First Courtyard
Mosaic wall Tiles Topkapi Palace
Mosaic Wall Tiles

Entrance to the Diva, Topkapi Palace
Entrance to The Diva, Topkapi Palace

Ornate Wall Decoration, Topkapi Palace
Ornate Wall Coverings-Diva
Ornate Drinking Fountain, Topkapi Palace
Ornate Drinking Fountain
Dome Roof Topkapi Palace
Roof of Dome in the Palace

Topkapi Palace Buildings
Palace Buildings
Bosphorus View from Topkapi Palace
View over Bosphorus from Palace
View of the port from Topkapi Palace
The Port from Palace, Discovery right

After boarding the vessel on the 26th April, we had another full day in port which enabled me to go on a tour of Istanbul. It is a fascinating place and well worth while paying a return visit sometime. We sailed at 1700 and went under the Bosphorus Bridge at 1815 bound for the Black Sea.
Istanbul Port by night
Port of Istanbul by Night
Maritime Gallery
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