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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 yachts cruising the Turkish coast and among Greek Aegean islands may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. You may well be searching for a princess. Or for Karia, frequently spelled Caria. Or you may simply be searching for a charter cruise along the Turkish coast and among Greek Aegean islands. Well, in any of those events you've found an appropriate web page. This page deals with a new yacht built in Bodrum, Turkey, a part of ancient Karia, and because this yacht is a beauty built to cruise the crossroads of history, she has been named Princess (of) Karia. There were in the past a number of queens of Karia and while in waiting they might have been deemed princesses. Among these were the two Artemisias who gained fame at sea and presided over their realm from Halikarnassus, modern Bodrum. Later there was Ada, made queen by Alexander. She ruled from Alinda as Alexander had leveled Halikarnassus. The most famous queen of Karia, however, was Aspasia of Miletus, Miletus a few hours up the coast from Halikarnassus. Born in Karia, she reigned in Athens as consort of Pericles during the more enlightened years of the classical period. So, whether cruising the coast of Turkey from Halikarnassus to Miletus, or beyond in either direction, or whether cruising among Greek Aegean islands in the direction of Athens or back, you will be cruising the crossroads of history traversed in the past not just by the queens of Karia but by the likes of Alcibiades and Lysander, by the Hospitaller Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem known more familiarly as the Knights of Rhodes and, later, as the Knights of Malta, and by corsair giants such as the brothers Barbarossa and such as Turgut known to the west as Dragut. Should you be cruising with children, or with adults having gaps in their education, and should you not wish to bring along history texts, you might do instead with two of the more readable works of prose in the English language. The first of these is entitled The Life Of Greece. Written by Will Durant (that's him depicted to the left), this astoundingly readable history of Greece may be the best single book on history ever written. It deals only in passing with war, for as Durant notes, "for though there is drama in the details of strife, there is a dreary eternity in its causes and results.....in which victories and defeats cancel one another into a resounding zero." Rather, this spell-binding story of civilization's early years deals with the import of art and science in its many guises and personalities. And should you be looking for near-peers of this book, look no further than the other ten volumes of Durant's The Story of Civilization. It was only in part for The Story of Civilization that he shared a Pulitzer Prize with his wife Ariel Durant and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. First published in 1939 this historic work is still available new or used from Amazon.com. Also dealing with charter cruising along the Turkish coast and among Greek Aegean islands is George E. Bean's Aegean Turkey first published in 1966 and also still available from Amazon.com. Not the first but undoubtedly the most thorough and most lucid of explorers along these shores was England's Bean. Between 1947 and 1977 this six foot six inch former Wimbledon tennis player fluent in both ancient Greek and cosmopolitan Turkish may have examined every ancient stone on the coastal fringes of Turkey and on nearby Dodecanese islands of Greece. More importantly, he published his extensive findings in a series of highly readable books, books which tie to history both the epigraphical inscriptions he read on those stones as well as his other discoveries. George Bean's history, like Durant's history, reads like prose, and it is indispensable to anyone with an educational interest in local archaeology or history. Charter a sailing yacht to cruise in George Bean's footsteps! Find out for yourself! With his books in hand! Sail Alexander's Path down the coast of Asia Minor. Cruise Cleopatra's Routes along the coasts of ancient Lycia and Karia and among Greek Aegean islands. While you holiday. While you have a holiday with family and friends proceeding leisurely from one historically remarkable locale to another. Yes, charter a yacht to cruise the coast of Turkey and among nearby Aegean islands of Greece. Starting in Bodrum. Are you searching for Bodrum in Turkey? Well, it is eleven nautical miles NE of Kos Town on the Greek island of the same name, and about thirty-five minutes from its own international airport. In Bodrum or in Kos we can put you aboard a charter sailing yacht for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter yacht and show you Alexander's Path south from the Troad and east long the coasts of Karia and Lycia, show you Cleopatra's Routes up the coast of Asia Minor and among Greek Aegean islands, and show you where to find an incredible variety of history in the Durant and Bean guides. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org for a charter yacht cruising the Turkish coast and among Aegean islands of Greece.