Didi is an elegantly-appointed ketch-rigged motor-sailer. Mahogany-paneled throughout, she accommodates up to eight guests in two master suites, one double-bed cabin, and one twin-bed cabin. Each space has an en-suite shower unit, valuables safe, television, and DVD system. Fully air-conditioned, Didi has a pilot-house salon opening to a large quarterdeck, both seating eight for dinner in style. There is an elevated sun deck forward of the pilot house and yet additional foredeck seating.
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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 gulet charters in Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. You must be searching for a yacht charter in Greece or Turkey. Were you searching for the goddess Dido, or Didi as she is more familiarly known, you should have been directed to Virgil's The Aeneid. Or you should have reached one of several web sites doing business under the name Didi catering to young girls. So you must already be considering a charter among Aegean islands of Greece or along the coast of Turkey. Perhaps with close friends wishing to explore remote under-populated islands of eastern Greece or the isolated tree-fringed coves and white-sand beaches of southwestern Turkey's ancient Lycia and Caria. Or wishing to explore the evidence of history which abounds everywhere at a cradle of civilization permeated by the aroma of rosemary, oregano, and thyme. Should you have been searching for the goddess Dido rather than for an Aegean cruise you might consider combining the two, perhaps with a visit to Turkey's Troy where you might pick up the wake of The Aeneid's Aeneas fleeing the Greek victory. Now in Rome's Galleria Borghese, that's Aeneas son of Aphrodite at left carrying his father Anchises out of his burning home trailed by his own son Ascanius in a Gian Lorenzo Bernini sculpture of 1619 commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. From Troy Aeneas and others rallying to his side proceeded to Antandros on the north shore of what is now Turkey's Gulf of Edremit and built a dozen oared sailing ships. This is where you might pick up their wake, opposite modern Ayvalik. Destined by the gods to be founder of Rome but hoping to settle nearby, Aeneas led his charges north past Lesbos, Tenedos, and Lemnos to what became Aenus (modern Enez) on the southern shore of Thrace. But there he found that everyone loves a winner and that Troy's former Thracian allies had become greekophiles. Advised to leave Thrace, Aeneas and his crews caught the prevailing north wind and proceeded without incident to the sacred island of Delos in mid-Aegean. It was at Delos that Anchises recalled his son's destiny to be the founder of a race that would someday rule the world. From Delos Aeneas and his ships sailed through the passage between Naxos and Paros past Thera, modern Santorini, which four hundred years earlier had suffered the greatest volcanic eruption in history, and made a landfall near modern Kissamos in western Crete. Thinking Crete the land of their destiny, there they remained for more than a year before pestilence drove most of them to continue their flight. And it was there and then that Aeneas and his remaining band encountered the same tempests that had driven Odysseus all the way to the land of lotus eaters and that had destroyed much of Agamemnon's victorious fleet returning from Troy, and which more than a millennium later would shipwreck the Apostle Paul on the island of Malta. So should you be considering a cruise in the wake of Aeneas, we would suggest you abandon the track at Santorini and bear up toward Anafi, Astipalaia, and Nisiros, thence to Turkey's Lycia and Caria. But concerning Aeneas and omitting an interim landfall at Sicily, island of the Cyclops, another great tempest, this one claiming his lieutenant Orontes of Lycia, drove he and most others all the way to Carthage not far from the land of lotus eaters in modern Tunisia. And it was there that he encountered Queen Dido, lovely as Aphrodite herself as depicted at right in an oil on canvas by Nathaniel Holland commissioned in 1766 by Lord George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford. Driven from Tyre in modern Lebanon where her brother Pygmalion, King of Tyre, had slain her husband, Dido had founded the city of Carthage which was yet under construction when Aeneas arrived. It was the plan of Hera, unhappy wife of Zeus, to have Dido and Aeneas fall in love and thus to deter Aeneas from achieving his destiny. Hera had despised all Trojans since Troy's Paris had been asked to name the loveliest of three, Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite, and had selected Aphrodite. And here was Aphrodite's son about to found the most powerful civilization in history. While Dido fell head over heels in love with Aeneas, and while the latter was smitten if not to the same degree, Hera had been forever damned by her faithless husband Zeus. Her will was not to be. Soon Zeus dispatched Hermes the Messenger to Carthage. Aeneas's honeymoon was at an end. He was to resume his journey immediately. Aeneas sailed that night, and that night Dido killed herself. But did she? Being a goddess, could she? Meanwhile we hope you altered course at Santorini and remained at the crossroads of history in the cradle of civilization, perhaps sailing the 79-foot ketch Didi from off-the-beaten-track Greek island to off-the-beaten-track Greek island and thence to Lycia and Caria. Pausing to bask under a gentle sun while floating on an azure sea. Starting in Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus the capital of Caria. Are you searching for Bodrum in Turkey? Well, Bodrum may be found proximate to Bodrum-Mylas International Airport at the southwestern corner of Turkey. There or elsewhere we can put you aboard a crewed gulet for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter gulet with an experienced crew able to show you the entire coast of Turkey, able to show you the tracks of Aeneas and many other giants of history. So, too, can the crew of Didi, a handsome crewed gulet available for charters in Greece or Turkey. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org