Day 304 – Istanbul, Turkey

After checking out of our hotel this morning, we headed to the port to check into our Royal Caribbean Mediterranean cruise. Over the next 10 days, we will be slowly “cruising” our way towards Portugal (with many fun stops along the way). Once we checked in and grabbed a delicious lunch on the ship, we headed back to the city to continue our exploration. Today we discovered Istanbul’s shopping scene and visited the Basilica Cistern, an underground reservoir built in 537 AD for storing water. The Cistern was very large and impressive with its 336 columns. In the evening we returned to the ship for dinner and the “Welcome Aboard Show”. Please Note: our internet access on the ship is nonexistent so we’ll try to post our daily blog updates from in port IF we find a connection.

(Yeni Mosque)


(Egyptian Spice Bazaar)


(Beyazit Mosque)


(The Basilica Cistern)


(Various scenes from Istanbul)




2 Responses to “Day 304 – Istanbul, Turkey”

  1. Did you try one of the Turkish water pipes? LOL

    It’s incredible that the cistern still exists! How interesting!!!

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