Heaven is a 65-foot pine-planked and teak-decked sailing ketch.
Copyright © 2013-2016 Blue Cruise Yacht Charters. All rights reserved. The
Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning charter gulets cruising the Turkish coast and Greek Aegean may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank You. You may be searching for heaven above. Alternatively you may very well be thinking of a charter cruise along the Turkish coast or among Greek Aegean islands. It has to be one or the other, or Google would have sent you elsewhere. You may be dreaming of swimming from a Patmos beach in an azure sea. Or of a star-filled sky reflecting on that sea at night. You may be hoping to dine on fresh-caught greater amberjack at Nikos' taverna on the island of Arki. Or of downing a plate of boiled octopus marinated in vinegar at Taverna Afrodite on the island of Nisiros. You may be contemplating a climb of hundreds of whitewashed steps to an acropolis on Simi or to an acropolis on Leros or to yet another island acropolis. Or you may be considering exploration of byways on Paros explored by Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa and by Jackie Kennedy four hundred years later. Or you may really wish to examine the boy-on-a-dolphin realm of ancient Iasos on the Turkish coast, including the dolphins at play in the Gulf of Gulluk, swarms of them. Well, you can do these things. You can do these things aboard a modern Argo called Heaven. Heaven cruises the Turkish coast and among Greek Aegean islands under a summer sky which at night, with starlight guiding her path, is particularly mindful of heaven above. A heaven above crowded with innumerable stars of the dozens of constellations as well as with ancient Greek gods and near-gods from pre-history. Visible among others in the summer sky is the constellation Delphinus said to guide those Iasus dolphins when needing guidance. Cassiopeia, who in claiming unsurpassed beauty brought forth the wrath of Poseidon. Sagittarius the Archer, invented by the centaur Chiron. Half man, half horse, Chiron was known everywhere for his goodness and wisdom. He invented Sagittarius to guide Jason and the Argonauts on their way. That's how we know the quest for the Golden Fleece took place in summer, for in the northern hemisphere Sagittarius is visible only in summer. On a note seemingly unrelated, but not, Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa cruised everywhere in the Aegean, some would say he lurked everywhere in the Aegean. It came naturally to him. He was born on the island of Lesbos in the Aegean. As a youth he fished the Aegean between Lesbos and Lemnos with one or both of his sisters. Lemnos, an island in pre-history populated only by women, was the first stop on the voyage of the Argonauts. It was also Kheir-ed-Din's favorite destination in those early days between 1485 and 1490. As a young man he later cruised the further Aegean with his older brothers, most frequently with brother Aruj, the first Barbarossa. After the death of Aruj, though, Kheir-ed-Din was wont to cruise among only those Aegean islands ruled by Latins of Venice and Genoa. Though he bore no love for Latins, in fact quite the opposite, he did find them useful. Particularly Latin women. One of the consequences of his exploration of Paros was enslavement of the high-born on that island. Cecilia Venier-Baffo, a Venetian beauty at the age of 12, was among the women he found useful. Taken to Istanbul's Topkapi Palace in 1537 and renamed Nurbanu, or Princess of Light, she came to the attention of the future Sultan Selim II and bore him a son, the future Sultan Murat III. That is said to be her at the right, though sultans did not generally permit their concubines to sit for portraits. Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa, it might be noted, is frequently compared to Francis Drake who was born in the same year as Murat III. Born at Plymouth's Devon, Drake there developed his lawn bowling skills. But it is not for that reason the two are compared. It is because they both took to the sea as boys, because they both became privateers of renown operating under letters of marque, and because they both rose to the highest position in navies of their respective countries. Murat III, by contrast, was famous mostly for accelerating the Ottoman decline commenced by his father. He, too, became enamored of a highborn Baffo, this one taken prisoner by another Ottoman corsair near Corfu where her father was governor. Sofia Baffo, later Safiye, became Murat III's first wife and mother of his eldest son, later Mehmet III. By then there was a lot of Baffo in the Ottoman sultans. Why not let us put you aboard a charter sailing gulet in Turkey or Greece able to cruise the Aegean crossroads of history, able to show you Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa's many tracks, able to show you the Argo's Aegean track, able to show you Sofia Baffo's matrimonial track, and able to discuss with you three thousand years of Aegean history. Heaven, a comfortable crewed gulet cruising the Turkish coast and Greek Aegean. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org