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Ariel and Brandi-Chanel were delighted with their new swimmers, Alo not so. Alo, “I tried on bathers today - yuk, yuk and more yuk. Why are there no bathers for middle aged women. All full piece bathers are for old grannies, everything else is two piece and made for a super model with no ass and stick pin legs - sigh!”
We made our way through Northern Italy stopping at a couple of little villages along the way
We got all our summer clothes out of storage (yippeee) ready to pack for our trip, but we couldn’t find our new bathers - anywhere!! Bugger, A$175 worth of bathers had been left behind somewhere on the way home from the day we’d purchased them. We had to go out all over again and buy more - grrrr!!
We chose the cruise based on its itinerary - Vince & Bari (Italy), Katakolon (Greece), Izmir & Istanbul (Turkey) and back to Venice
Our 5 course, silver service, evening meal was served to us nightly at the Duca D’Orleans Restaurant (complete with our own personal waiter ‘Ivano’). The first evening we met dinner companions, Melissa and her 19 year old daughter Marlie from Sydney. Bill complemented Marlie by saying she looked a lot like Megan Gale - which she did. The next night Bill started by saying, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but ...” Melissa reminded him of “...the Sausage Lady”, (kissing that Blarney Stone was a waste of time) which was actually a complement as well, but it did take a bit of explaining
Turkey, for us, was the highlight. Whilst at a bazaar in Izmir, we met a peddler who claimed to be John Travolta (he did look a bit like him). He wanted to take us to his shop around the corner and show us his “flying carpet”. We stupidly followed him, around many corners, to take a look. The silk carpets were stunning. One small carpet (1m x 1/2m) would take from 2-5 years to make by hand. As the weave is so small, young girls are hired to make them. We wondered how much of the 300 Euro these poor kids would be paid on the sale of a carpet. Even though we’d said, “no”, more and more carpets were ‘flown’ in front of us until we had no alternative than to walk away (escape).
Unofficially there are 20 million inhabitants of Istanbul. It’s the only city in the world that sits on 2 continents, Europe and Asia. With a history of over 3000 years of flourishing commerce between East and West, the ancient monuments, mingled with the smoggy modern city trappings, made for a fascinating stop over. We were told that the core of public life is the Islamic Religion (supposedly one of the largest in the world). Indeed, we saw a Mosque at every corner, it seemed, but not as many hijabs as we would have expected. We took a hop on hop off bus across the Bridge over the Bosporus to Asia (to say we did) and back across the Bridge of Mohammed, stopping at a couple of Istanbul’s Mosques, before purchasing a backgammon board at a colourful bazaar
Onboard, there was everything that we could have expected and so much more. Our room, for example, was cleaned 3 times a day, the food was never ending and the entertainment first class. Alo’s most embarrassing moment was when her poop was so enormous it wouldn’t flush and we had to call room service. We left for several hours and thankfully it had been rectum-fied (he he he) by the time we returned. Wonderful diner conversation, Bill delighted in letting Melissa and Marlie know of our situation. A few evenings later we discussed whether or not we were meant to tip the staff, when Melissa suggested perhaps we ought to consider tipping the plumber - ha ha.
Europeans love to dress up, leaving Billy to feel extremely underdressed
Our objective of taking ‘a break’ from our previous hectic schedule did not eventuate. Rather than refreshed, we were now more exhausted than ever. Having disembarked the ship on Sunday morning, 6 May 2012, we jumped in a cab that took us to ‘Berth’s’ door. We dumped our gear, changed into our PJ’s and slept the day away - aaahhhhh!!