5 + 2 + 7 + 9 = ?

I guess you can go back to Constantinople…because here I am again.

The ship is in Istanbul again, only one more trip to this enigmatic city before the end of the season. Of course, Istanbul is a GREAT place to happen to be if it is a special day for you… like for instance a landmark birthday... this picture is of a friend of mine onboard, her name is Inga and she is the Crew Resource Manager. Behind her you can see the Bosphorus Bridge stretching between Europe and Asia. Anyway, Happy Birthday Inga!

I have blogged on Istanbul before, so this time I will give you some interesting information about the city. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is divided in two by the strait of Bosphorus. This means that Istanbul is a city that actually sits on two different continents, Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus Bridge connects the city and actually joins the continents as well; pretty amazing really.

Istanbul was established around 660 BC. It was around AD 330 that Constantine the Great renamed the place to Constantinople. Can’t blame the guy... if I ruled an empire and my people called me “Stuart The Great” I would probably call it “Stuopolis”.

Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) and the richest city in the east. Incredibly, the 4th crusade sacked Constantinople on the 12th of April 1204.

On a side note, anyone familiar with the "23 enigma" or Jim Carey’s new film The Number 23?? (see this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H24V-u7fNJM)

( A view Istanbul from the top deck of M/S Nautica)

The reason I ask is because April 12, 1204 is 12/4/1204 that is 12+4 = 16 and 12 + 4 again = 16 and 16+16 = 32 which is ..wait for it…..

23 backwards!! AGH!!

I went up to the top deck this morning and took some pictures of the scenery around the ship for you. It was a busy day in the Bosphorus as you can see. M/S Nautica is at home when in Istanbul because Nautica was named in Istanbul and blessed by a priest, a rabbi and an imam in a naming ceremony that took place at 10:00am on November 22, 2005

10 + 1+1+2+2+2+5 = ?

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( Cruise ships in the Bosphorus)

By the way, these pictures were taken today, on Thursday, 27th September. Thursday is the 5th day of the week in the Judeo - Christian calendar:

5 + 2 + 7 + 9 = ?

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