This will be our first cruise on Celebrity. We’re starting in Istanbul, Turkey and visiting several cities In Turkey, Greece and Israel before heading into the Mediterranean Sea and across to Barcelona, Spain. The first leg of the cruise will end in Barcelona and the second will take us back to Fort Lauderdale with lots of sea days.
We met Jeff and Kathy on our wonderful Africa cruise, and when they emailed us with the details of this cruise, we decided to join them. It's fun to travel with people we know.
The clouds were really neat as we were flying into Istanbul.
Today Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city with a population of 15 million, but the capital is Ankara. Istanbul is the only city in the world which is located on two continents, Asia and Europe. The Bosphorus Bridge is the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world and was completed in 1973, providing the first physical link between the two continents.
I find the call to prayer fascinating and you'll hear it five times a day. It's a bit disconcerting at 5:00 in the morning, but you do get used to it.
That night, we joined Karin and Adelaide for dinner at a pizza place near the hotel.
These dogs have yellow tags in their ears indicating they have been spayed or neutered. Although they are still strays, they are fed and are very friendly.
Next blog, lunch and beyond!