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CRUISING THE BOSPORUS

To the Black Sea

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Happy Easter, everyone! We are just now catching up to real time in our blog. Easter Sunday was beautiful on the Crystal Serenity. Our sunrise service was well attended by both Protestants and Roman Catholics. This photo is from the later Protestant service, where the anthem, “Christ is Risen, Alleluia” (Ed’s favorite, that he brought along) was sung by Crystal’s A capella quartet.

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Can you believe this adorable marzipan bunny? It was a small dessert choice in the extraordinary Easter buffet.

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This was a day at sea as we sailed through the Strait near the coastlines of Istanbul. We will return to Istanbul and stay for 2 days after our Black Sea ports.

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Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are all on the Western side of the Bosporus.

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The Strait is where the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea connect – it is 20 miles long, 1,500 feet deep and only 500 feet wide in some spots. Two bridges connect the western (European) and eastern (Asian) sides of the city.

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Easter Day celebrants crowd the banks – here they are near a fortress built (in just 40 days) by Mehmet the Conqueror.

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The Black Sea is straight ahead – into that fog bank! The air temperature, already cold, quickly dropped another 10 degrees or more.

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We ducked inside, out of the cold, and soon there was nothing to see! Thank goodness for radar!

Posted by Swenigale 07:59

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