Monday, 24 June 2013

Final leg of Turkey tour - Troy and Gallipoli

From Pamukkale we headed back North by the coast - stopping briefly in Izmir so Isik could say hi to his Mum and Dad - ahhhh!

We stopped off at Troy - Tiva and I had done extensive readership on Troy in the Istanbul archeological museum ;) and it seems most of the finds are there and better presented! After the excesses of Ephesus and Hieropolis Troy was underwhelming....

But it had a big horse!

We took the ferry over to the Gallipoli peninsular after this - visiting the various war ceremonies (both Anzac and Turkish) was sobering.

Its really difficult to imagine these beautiful sites ripped up with trenches in the middle of battle.

We discovered that the founder of the Turkish Republic - Ataturk - fought here and there is a commemorated story of him being hit by a bullet leading a charge and being saved by a watch in his breast pocket.

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