We arrived in Istanbul via the world (it seemed) on May 16, boarded the Noordam on the 17 and finally got to see a little of the city the next day. The ship docked just down from the Galata Tower, a structure built in 528 A.D. It sits atop one of the hills of the city and has a wonderful view of the city and the Bosphorus. The entrance fee is 13 lira or about $60 and of course there is a line to reach the top but it moves quite quickly. If you enjoy views and/or photography take some time to visit.
Here is a view from top of the cable car ride in St. Thomas. Noordam is in the middle of Carnival and Disney ships.
Joanne Gardner is Noordam’s future cruise consultant.
My travels allow me to see some fabulous sites, architecture, people and landscapes. Sometimes we forget to look up. These clouds are from around the world and reflections are something that have become an interest to me since taking up this camera. They are from Cambodia, Alaska and the fiery skies of Rouen, France.
Verona is a charming city west of Venice and is easily reachable by train, although it is a good 90 minutes to two and a half hours. Four of us decided to spend the day there and we all came back with the same opinion. Verona is definitely a city we would all love to spend more time in. Juliet’s balcony is located in a surprisingly small courtyard and is the most visited spot in the city.
Oddly enough, the wall of the entry way into the courtyard is covered in chewing gum with writing on it, but I wasn’t able to find out what the tradition is there. The arena is right in the center of town and in great shape. The river runs through the city, like Florence, which makes for a nice evening stroll. There is high-end shopping as well as unique boutiques and art galleries for the collector. We did not get a chance to see an opera there, but they have a full season at the opera house. With Holland America’s overnight in Venice, you can take in both Venice and Verona if you plan your time right. Ciao!