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Our Amazing Mediterranean Honeymoon Cruise on the Wind Surf

Our honeymoon cruise started in Istanbul, where we spent a few days before boarding our ship, the Wind Surf. From Istanbul, we cruised the gorgeous Mediterranean, stopping at Turkish towns and Greek islands along the way. We had blue skies and warm temperatures all the way to our final destination of Athens!

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Istanbul University
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Jennifer Barile
We had to wake up at 3:15am in order to take a taxi to the airport. The down side to taking a taxi this early in the morning is that the taxi drivers charge almost double the price for rides between …
Washing before entering the mosque
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Jennifer Barile
After a yummy breakfast of Greek pastries that involved cheese and chocolate, we set out for the National Archeological Museum. This museum houses some of the most important artifacts in all of …
Istanbul
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Jennifer Barile
Up early for breakfast, we disembarked the ship around 8am. We had such a relaxing time on the cruise and now had to say goodbye to being pampered. The staff on the ship were phenomenal and the …
Stray cats were abundant in Istanbul.
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Jennifer Barile
Mykonos was another relaxing day for us. We explored the streets and shops a little, but mostly headed straight for the beach. We had borrowed a snorkel and mask from the ship (for free), so we …
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
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Jennifer Barile
Beautiful Santorini. Some say the white buildings on the top of the island look like snow from a distance. This was one of our favorite spots during the entire cruise. There are three ways up to …
Istanbul (Sultanhamet neighborhood)
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Jennifer Barile
Another beautiful day! The highlight of Bodrum is its Castle, which also houses the Museum of underwater Archeology. The views from the Bodrum Castle are fantastic and peacocks roam the grounds. …
Beautiful Turkish rugs
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Jennifer Barile
Rhodes is full of magnificent medieval architecture and beautiful stone buildings. We walked from Old Town to New Town, strolling along the water. We had a relaxing day of exploring and lying on …
Street food in Istanbul
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Jennifer Barile
Today we arranged a shore excursion with Windstar to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city (and later, Roman city). We toured the terrace houses at one time owned by the city's elite. After Ephesus, we …
The tram in Istanbul - Very easy to use!
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Jennifer Barile
Today we were at sea for the whole day, passing through the Dardanelles, a strait that connects the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean Sea. We explored the ship, relaxed, read and ate great food. The …
McDonalds is everywhere
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Jennifer Barile
Since we didn't have to be on the ship until 4pm, we strolled over to visit the Topkopi Palace, now a museum. It is said to be one of the best examples of palaces from the Ottoman period. You could …
Transport in Istanbul
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Jennifer Barile
Today we explored the areas of Karakoy, on the opposite side of the Galata Bridge from Eminonu. The Bridge separates old Istanbul from modern Istanbul. The bridge was lined with fisherman, and …
Pomegranates!  Growing right outside our hotel in Istanbul.
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Jennifer Barile
Today we hit the spice bazaar in the area of Eminonu. What an amazing place full of wonderful smells and colorful displays. We sampled olives, cheeses and Turkish Delight, which is basically all …
Istanbul - The Blue Mosque
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Jennifer Barile
After the 11-hour flight from New York to Istanbul, we were excited to begin our honeymoon adventure! First things first....After claiming our bags (which arrived along with us!) we stood in a short …

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