We did not dock until after lunch because another ship was
in our spot so, by the time we got ashore and made our way to the Topkapi
Palace (which was high on our agenda), it was too late to go in and
have a good look (it shut at 4.30). The next day (we were overnight
here) the Palace was shut. Another example of bad planning by Fred Olsen
on this cruise, I'm quite sure they choose "bad" days to be
at certain places because it's cheaper to dock then! Anyway, we had
a walk around on the first day - we were booked on a trip on the second.
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Needless to say we booked a trip to the Topkapi Palace, we were not disappointed. Our guide was excellent although she didn't come into the various sections with us to give a chat on what we were seeing but just told us (in the courtyard) what we would see. Her knowledge of the history was, however, first class and, although I don't remember too much of it now, it was interesting at the time!
Overnight again this cruise. I awoke on the first day with,
as Edna puts it in her journal, "one of my throats". This
meant I sounded awful and felt far from well. Lots of people on this
cruise suffered from bad coughs which, in many cases, lasted for weeks
but I knew (or hoped) that mine would disappear in a few days. We stayed
on board (especially as it was raining).
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