Retracing our steps

 

Is it possible to do that in a ship?  Probably not…

 

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But today we took a south westerly route towards the Bosphorus and around 9am we took on a pilot to guide us through that busy stretch of water.  We were on deck to watch for all the landmarks we would be able to recognise from previously.

 

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We were sailing pretty fast, considering the traffic levels.

 

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We sailed past beautiful villas by the waterside.  I rather like the look of this one.

 

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Under the first bridge and there’s the castle again.  We last saw it floodlit around midnight on the first night on board.

 

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Under the second bridge and there’s that delightful mosque.

 

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Ah, Dolmabahce Palace!  We were beginning to think our trip was on rewind as happy days from a week ago were relived.

 

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Spectacular views.  What a fantastic city!

 

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Turning the corner, we were away.  Bye, Istanbul.

 

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After an afternoon in the Sea of Marmara, we entered the Dardanelles and around 7pm, sailed past the Gallipoli Memorial

 

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Heading for Kusadasi tomorrow.

One last day

Back in the Ukraine