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On this Black Sea journey on the MV Aegean Odyssey, the big treat of the stop in Odessa, Ukraine was a private ballet performance by the State Academical Opera and Ballet Theatre for the travelers of the MV Aegean Odyssey, at the Odessa National Opera House. The two-part show consisted of a classical ballet – Les Sylphides (Chopiniana) and The Carmen Suite, a ballet set to a modern adaptation of Bizet’s music.

Les Sylphides is described as a short non-narrative ballet choreographed...

Before dinner on the previous evening Professor David Tompkins of Carleton College gave a talk on Odessa, the Multicultural Jewel of the Black Sea. As he told us, Odessa is one of the youngest of the great European cities, having been founded by Catherine the Great in 1794, after the Russians pushed south into the northern Black Sea coastal areas that was under the control...

By day 3 on board the MV Aegean Odyssey I finally got my morning breakfast routine down to a fine art. The Lido deck “healthy breakfast” opens at 6 am – so I pull on my shorts and a top and head out of my cabin to the deck. I fill a bowl with creamy Greek yogurt, walnut pieces, and fruit, pour a cup of coffee, and take it back to my cabin to enjoy.  I add my almonds and Gojii berries to the yogurt and have the perfect breakfast.

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After a long morning excursion, taking in a viewpoint over the Bosphorus, the Sultan Suleyman Mosque, the Chora Museum and a final stop at Topkapi, we finally got to the port of Istanbul to board the MV Aegean Odyssey.  Once we arrived at the terminal the check in was really quick and in no time at all I found my cabin, complete with bottle of champagne cooling in an ice bucket, and a plate of sweet delicacies including chocolate covered strawberries....

Before Istanbul became Constantinople, it was known as Byzantium. The town established  in 657 BC by Greek colonists from Megara, was named for Byzas, legendary king of Megara. Megara was an ancient Greek city state on the Northern shore of the Isthmus of Corinth. Legend has it that Byzas founded the town at the entrance to the Black Sea on the western (European) shore of the Bosphorus. In 330 AD it was renamed Constantinople for Roman Emperor Constantine, and in 1923 when the modern...

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