Ready to board our ship, we came up upon our port in Kusadasi.
There at the port is a castle built in the early 1800's. I would later explore it upon our return, but did not have time that morning.
After we passed through security and came out to the Aegean Sea front, we watched this beautiful aircraft carrier drift in to dock.
And quickly we realized it was a US ship with all branches of the US military upon it.
For these 3 American girls, far from our US home, it was like a gift neatly wrapped and presented to us by God. It was hard to pull ourselves away to board our own ship. We found out later it was the USS Bataan, finishing a 9 month tour, preparing to return to the US. We were able to tell a couple of soldiers thank you and "I'm praying for you."
When I saw our cruise ship, I was very shocked at how big it was. I was expecting something much smaller and not as nice.
After we boarded, we went up to the top to watch the carrier again, this time seeing the US flag raised up!
It was massive. I can't even describe it.
Soon, we would ship out, wave to our military, get some waves back, and be ready for our big adventure!