This elegant schooner planked in laminated African
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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 luxury yachts cruising Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. You are probably searching for a charter yacht sailing Turkey or Greece. You may even be searching for a luxury yacht sailing Turkey or Greece. You may be considering a yacht charter in the Greek Aegean, or an elegant cruise along the eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, perhaps with your extended family. Or with your executive family and their spouses. Or with fellow club members. Fellow golf or country club members. Alternatively, you may be researching Francis of Lorraine as we have incorporated a bit of that Hospitaller knight's history herein to assist in setting the tone of history at the crossroads of history. Or you may be researching Mami Reis, an Ottoman corsair mentioned here for the same reason. If here concerning a cruise in the Greek Aegean you may be hoping to call into Mykonos and nearby Delos, birthplace of the twins Apollo and Artemis, or into Thera (Santorini), residue of the greatest volcanic upheaval in recorded history, or into Paros, Spetses, or Hydra, haunts of the rich and famous since Pericles and Aspasia of Miletus. Kaya Guneri V calls into these ports. You may similarly be hoping to call into Bodrum and Gocek on the Turkish Riviera, Bodrum Kaya Guneri's home port which in antiquity was called Halicarnassus, birthplace of Herodotus who wrote Histories twenty-five hundred years ago but still available at your local book store, Gocek which in antiquity was featured in the Roman Stadiasmus as Callimache and which today features the only extant temple tomb in the Doric Order. Bodrum features a perfectly-preserved Hospitaller castle depicted at left built in the fifteenth century not far from the birthplace of the famous corsair Dragut (Turgut Reis), while Gocek and all of the Greek islands mentioned were willing or unwilling hosts to Hospitaller and corsair visits. But whatever the reason you have landed on this web page, please take a look, if not in connection with immediate planning then for future reference. Sooner or later you may well wish to cruise at the cradle of civilization, and you may well wish to do it in a style such as afforded by the forty-meter luxury cruising yacht Kaya Guneri V. Come sail these seas, breathe the aroma of pine-encircled clear-water coves dotting Turkey's Turquoise Coast, bask under a warm Aegean sun after swimming in Greece's azure sea, join in the search for a perfect tsatziki, climb to an ancient acropolis re-fortified in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by these same Hospitaller Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem known then as the Knights of Rhodes. Re-fortified to defend against the raids of Ottoman corsairs such as Mami Reis. Captured at Corsica in 1540 with Dragut, Mami was taken to Civitavecchia by his captor the Papal Admiral Gentile Virginio Orsini and sent to the oars of a Vatican galley while Dragut was sent to the oars of a Doria galley at Genoa. Both were later ransomed by Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa, but not until their angst with all things Latin had been severely exacerbated. Of Albanian extraction from Valona (modern Vlore), Mami obtained a place in history engaging these same Hospitaller Knights. It was in June 1557 when the Hospitallers were better known as the Knights of Malta, but also when they dreamed of recovering their former domain. Sailing in company with Deli Giaffer, the Ottoman governor of Rhodes, and with Mustafa Colaxis and Kara Yusuf, each of the four in his own galley, they encountered in the southern Aegean between Candia, Crete, and Kasos in the Dodecanese a Knights flotilla of five red-hulled black-prowed galleys. Commanded by 23-year old Francis of Lorraine, Grand Prior of France, the Knights enjoyed an advantage in numbers of galleys and galliots but lacked an advantage in experience. Francis was gravely wounded during the ensuing combat while fifty knights lost their lives and many others were captured, huge numbers for an order with perhaps 500 knights in total. Mami Reis survived unscathed to parade victorious through the Aegean and to fight another day. Why not enjoy the luxury of your own parade through the Aegean aboard an elegant yacht cruising Greece and Turkey. Surely this is the holiday for which you search. Rare comfort under sun at the crossroads of history. Try it! You'll like it! Francis of Lorraine was the eleventh child of Claude de Lorraine, Duke of Guise, and Antoinette de Bourbon, and the second son to be named Francis. Those were the necessary ingredients to become a Knight of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem: royal blood and little or no inheritance. The first child of Claude and Antoinette, Mary of Guise, married King James V of Scotland and gave birth to Mary Queen of Scots. But this is about Francis. Not the elder Francis who became Duke of Guise, but the 11th of 12 children. The bas relief above and to the right is Faith of the virtues Faith, Hope, and Charity, and comes from the tomb of Antoinette de Bourbon who must have had a lot of it because she was preceded in death not only by her husband but also by most of her children. The cognomen attending Francis of Lorraine, Grand Prior, was an honorary ecclesiastical title of the Hospitallers. Francis, Grand Prior of France, will go down in history not for combat with Mami Reis, and not for his ecclesiastical endeavors, but for being one of the first prominent tobacco enthusiasts in Europe. Upon his endorsement, tobacco in France became known as the "Herb of the Prior." Francis of Lorraine died of unreported causes during the French Wars of Religion, six weeks short of his 29th birthday and one month after his older brother Francis, Duke of Guise, was assassinated. Kaya Guneri V, a luxury yacht cruising the crossroads of history in Turkey and Greece. 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