We're nearing the end of our cruise, headed toward Athens by way of Mykonos. After leaving Istanbul at 7 AM, we glide through the Sea of Marmara, noting plastic and other junk floating about, and reach the Dardanelles at 4:30 PM.

This is another strategic area, playing a key role in battles from as early as the legendary battle of Troy in 2,000 BC to as recent as Galipoli in 1915? where the Turks defeated the naval forces of Britain and France. There were tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders, fighting with Britain and France, killed at Galipoli.


The New Zealanders on our ship take exception to the narrative of our ship's “destination specialist” who tells us that as a result of Galipoli, the Aussies and NZ's stayed out of the European stages of WWII. “Our uncle died in Europe in WWII, along with hundreds of other New Zealanders,” they told us.

Tom surveys the area of Galipoli.

The monument and poem commemorating the Turk's victory.

Ancient fortifications.

Karen and Tom enjoy the view.

The site of ancient Troy – maybe.