The Yuzhnaya Palmyra arrived in Istanbul just before midnight October 16, 2007

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on our way across the Black Sea from Odessa to Istanbul on the Yuzhnaya Palmyra
Our ferry continued its journey across the Black Sea through clear weather and calm seas. We occasionally passed other ships and at times we could see the coast of Roumania and Bulgaria to the wesr. (We heard on the news in Turkey that about two weeks later there was a terrible storm some on the Black Sea - ships sank and lives were lost.) We felt that we were lucky to have missed the bad weather.

We had been assigned a table in the dining room with a Russian couple but conversation was difficult. We did the best we could but our signs amd gestures didn't work well.

Darkness fell after a brilliant red sunset and we entered the Bosphorous in darkness under a half moon.

There was some kind of mix-up at the port of Istanbul which delayed our disembarkation so we were allowed to keep our staterooms and were served an extra meal. Transit passengers Odessa-Istanbul-Odessa were processed first while those of us destined for Turkey had to wait aboard until we were called ashore.

Once we had cleared the Turkish immigration procedures, we ended up on an industriial street with avsolutely no idea where we were.  Fortunately, I had our hotel address in Turkish and it was only a few blocks away from the port. After a few passels - the hotel sign is not well lit - we stopped at the hotel Ararat, checked in and dragged our bag upstairs to our room.
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