If this is Tuesday it must be Troy.......
10.05.2011 - 10.05.2011 16 °C
Two posts in one day! Aren't you lucky today. First let me say that for everyone reading this blog, we would love for you to send us your comments. We are happy to pass them along to any of your loved ones, although most of them seem to be connected to home in some way.
We left Istanbul early today, after loading our luggage into one small van and carrying the rest of our luggage to a nearby gas station. It is impossible to load a coach on the main tram line. I know we were a sight for all the Turkish men lined up in the employment line.
We travelled the north coast of the Mermer Sea to our first stop lunch. After the usual salad, lentil soup,
chicken kebabs and makarel we were off to the first sightseeing stop - Gallipoli. This World War battle lasted for two years, ending in 1916. There was 170,000 casualties in total, Turks and Allies. The battle has significant importance to the Aussies and Kiwis, which return each Anzac Day to remember those lost. Our stop was at the Turkish memorial sight which, as you might expect, is spectacular. We felt it was odd that the only remembrance was that of Turks until we learned that there are multiple cemeteries and commemorations around the peninsula.
Please take some time to read the moving words from Atuturk, the leader of the Gallipoli conflict.
On to the Ferry to take us to Asia.....just like that. 15 minutes on the ferry, across the Dardenalle Strait and we found ourselves in the Asia part of Turkey. It was getting late so we headed directly for Troy, home to ruins dating back to 3,500 B.C. (and even earlier in some cases). Most of the area has been excavated, although most was damaged through multiple earthquakes.
On the same site was a model of the famous Trojan horse which our travellers climb to the top of for a photo op. I will have to post the photos of this tomorrow. The computer is acting up and we need to get some sleep. Hope you enjoyed a snippet of our trip. Please send us your comments.
I tried to upload a group shot so you could see your loved ones, however the file is too big. Sorry about that. Hope you enjoy the pictures and. lastly, our sunset at the hotel tonight!