Our Life At Sea- Cruising in 2010

Cruising in 2010 - The First Half Of The Year Jan - June 2010. Thailand to Turkey!

26th June 2010 - Goodbye Turkey (we loved you and will miss you!), The Mediterranean! After almost 3 months we left Marmaris behind and sailed out to sea for a 3 day passage to Greece

Our favorite performers from the Marmaris Folk Dance competition in the Amphitheatre

A beautiful afternoon view of the gulets tied to the town quay with the Marmaris Fortress in the background and the beautiful mountains as a backdrop

A lovely collection of our market produce from the weekly markets in Marmaris, we enjoyed buying lots of delicious fresh fruit and vegetables

18th May - Marmaris, Turkey.

16th May - Kinidos, Turkey. On our way to Marmaris.

12th May - 16th May - Gumusluk, Turkey

8th May - Ancient City of Ephesus (Efes), Turkey

Mark performing on one of the most grand and ancient stages, The Great Theatre, Ancient city of Ephesus (Efes), Turkey

A close up view of part of the front of the beautiful Library of Celsus, Ancient City of Ephesus (Efes), Turkey

6th May - Foca -Eskifoca (Old town)

2nd - 4th May - Behramkale (Ancient Assos) Turkey - An ancient city, Temple of Athena, beautiful little harbour !

Sea Life in her berth right in front of the lovely little village and restaurants in Behram Kale (Ancient Assos)

We berthed Sea Life right of the lovely little row of restaurants in Behram Kale (Ancient Assos) and stepped ashore to explore this beautiful little harbour & quaint village. We enjoyed a fabulous walk up through the farmland, olive groves and local town area up the hill to the ancient Temple of Athena (our first temple in the Mediterranean). Glorious views of the coast all around. A beautiful and delightful little harbour. We love it.

Temple of Athena in Behram Kale (Ancient Assos)

1st May - Bozcaada Island, North Turkey - A Castle and Red Wine! We loved Bozcaada, a quaint little Turkish fishing village with great local red wine, great food, lovely people and a beautiful castle. It was our very first castle in the Mediterranean which we enjoyed

Mark sitting in a room with a view in the Bozcaada Castle, he can see our beautiful yacht Sea Life sitting in the harbour (she is the one in the middle)

1st May sailing on a beautiful day to Bozcaada, we sailed across the busy Dardanelle's shipping lane for the second time, the first time with were motoring and it was during the night. Today is was a glorious day, gentle winds, sunshine and full sails up, even our genoa was poled out.

25th April - ANZAC DAY - Gallipoli - We walked to North Cove and slept overnight where the ANZAC soliders landed in 1915 in the First World War, then attended the dawn service & then walked to Lone Pine for the Australian Anzac Day service. A very moving and special experience for us both. We also walked to the Nek cemetery to see the trenches and the area where they fought against the Turkish 95 years ago. If you would like to read more about our Gallipoli experience with Sea Life Click here

North Cove Beach one of the beaches were soliders landed in 1915 in the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsular, North Turkey (the Sphinx is featured coming out of the cliffs, it reminded the soliders of the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt)

Shrapnel Valley War Cemetery, Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsular, North Turkey

17th April 2010 - We motor sailed for three days and now we are further North in a lovely little port called Kabatepe, a small fishing vilage. Sea Life is in a berth with all the local fishing boats, very quaint and atmospheric! It is close to ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli and we made a run close to the beach seeing what the soldiers saw just before they landed. We will attend the dawn service at ANZAC Cove on the 95th for ANZAC Day to remember our brave soliders who died here in the First World War.

Our first ANZAC poppie is growing just near our boat in a small field of wild flowers. They grow isolated, or maybe up to about 4 flowers together, so theres just a splash of blood red in amongst the sea of colour.

8th April 2010 -We have arrived in the Mediterranean (after a four day sail into the wind up to 38kts on the nose), in Fethieye, Turkey! YAY!!

A beautiful view from Fethieye in Adasi Bay of the snow capped mountains

2nd & 3rd April 2010 - Transited the Suez Canal, Egypt. Click HERE for a full description.

There are many horror stories from cruisers about transiting the Suez Canal. We had a wonderful time, lots of fun and paid only a small amount of baksheesh ($10 USD to each of our pilots - is the normal amount), the scenery was interesting, especially in the second half of the canal. It was exciting to go past the convoys of large ships during our transit, just as it was fun to be so close to the ships when we transited the Panama Canal in 2008. If you would like to read more about our Suez Canal transit Click here

A beautiful natural pryamid in the famous Valley of the Kings, Luxor Egypt.

16th - 25th March - 10 day Land Travel trip through Egypt. We visited Luxor, Cairo & Siwa Oasis, seeing along the way the tombs of the famous Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, The Nile River, Temple of Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple, Cairo city, the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum (where we even saw mummies), Siwa Oasis, the famous cold and hot springs found there, Fatnas Island, the Temple of Ammon where Alexander the Great visited the oracle and the beautiful sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea desert.

Sand dunes in the Great Sand Sea Desert, Siwa Oasis.

The heavenly natural hot spring we soaked in, surrounded by palm trees in the middle of the Great Sand Sea Desert, Siwa Oasis.

A gorgeous sunset over the Nile River.

18th Febuary - 10th March, passage of 1500 nautical miles from Oman through the Gulf of Aden and up most of the Red Sea.

6th - 18th Febuary,Salalah, Oman.

Some happy, friendly dolphins playing with Sea Life on the way to Oman in the Indian Ocean

10th January - 6th Febuary, passage across the Indian Ocean to Oman, 2800 nautical miles. We had a wonderful passage from Phuket to Oman, it was a really nice chance to relax before our long and difficult passages coming up ahead. We saw lots of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and sea birds. We even had a little bird come and sleep in our front cabin for the night. We called her tweet because she was always busy talking and singing to us, isn't she beautiful?

Our special little baby bird tweet, our guest for the night in the Indian Ocean

Beautiful cloud formations across the Indian Ocean passage which took us 26 days!

6th January 2010! Phuket, Thailand- HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Mark does a great James Bond off James Bond Island of all places!

Lighting a paper lantern on Sea Life at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand for New Years Eve.

Elephant trekking in Nai Harn Beach, Phuket Thailand, an amazing experience.