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54 Days at Sea — Sinop sights


Sinop, Turkey

Ursula and I visited several areas around Sinop, traveling exclusively on foot. One of the first places we saw, because of its close proximity to the cruise port, was the Sinop Castle. Expect more images of this amazing castle on Wednesday.

Sinop Castle

The Black Sea waters near the castle offer some stunning colors.

Black Sea color

On this visit the streets of Sinop were brightly decorated with proud displays of the Turkish flag.

Sinop

A fun place to visit for a taste of the old Ottoman Empire is the Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion. Here you’ll find a well preserved mansion containing rooms with diorama presentations:

Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion

Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion

Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion

Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion

Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion

Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion

Ethnography Museum Arslan Torun Mansion

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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea; Trabzon and Sinop favorites


Prinsendam’s Flying Bridge in Trabzon

Today’s Fun Photo Friday I present some favorite images of Trabzon and Sinop:

Sinop Balcony

Sinop Splash

Rainbow Tricycles

Kristina Regina Anchor

Sinop Tomatoes

Trabzon Sunset

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54 Days at Sea — Sinop, Turkey


Sinop panorama

It is with regret that I must report that the ship we took on this voyage, Holland America’s “Elegant Explorer” the M.S. Prinsendam, was recently sold to German cruise line Phoenix Reisen. The ship has been leased back by Holland America and will cruise with that line until July 1, 2019, and which time it will become part of the Phoenix Reisen fleet. Anyone who has taken a Grand Voyage segment on this ship is going to certainly miss her. Alongside M.S. Prinsendam this day in port was the Kristina Regina, now retired and serving as a museum/hotel in Finland as the M.S. Bore.

M.S. Prinsendam in Sinop, Turkey

Former cruise ship Kristina Regina, now known as the M.S. Bore

The next stop aboard this wonderful ship during our 54-day Grand Voyage cruise was Sinop, Turkey. The history here reaches back some 2,500 years, for Sinop has been a port to both the Greek and Roman empires.

Sinop as seen from M.S. Prinsendam’s Crow’s Nest lounge

Sinop as seen from M.S. Prinsendam’s Crow’s Nest lounge

Fortunately this day the weather held, and I was able to get nicer images than I did in Trabzon the day before:

I’ll be presenting a bit more on Sinop next Monday, as well as publishing some favorite shots of both Trabzon and Sinop in this week’s Fun Photo Friday.

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