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... by hand!
In Selcuk we visited the ruins of Ephusus which are the most complete ruins in Turkey. These were just incredible, in terms of the size of the town and the way they have reconstructed the ruins.
Whilst exploring the ruins we had a special surprise, Jem and Tes! We were planning on meeting up with them on the 22nd but ran into them whilst they were on their tour. It was surreal seeing them and I couldn’t get ...
... incredibly helpful, where is that? No response. Then a lady who had overheard, came and helped us, pointing us in the right direction, told us how to actually pronounce the town we were going to (a good start).
So we walked into the town and suddenly we felt like we were in a foreign land. We were familiar with France, Italy and Greece, how they worked and the various cultures; but Turkey? The buses were different, the shops were different (lots of carpet ...
... of really really tiny towns on the way back down. This feels like, and I think this really is, waaaaay off the beaten track. People here seem to be slack-jawed amazed when we rumble through town. But if we stop, they're happy, helpful, open, confident, and very interesting. When we get back to the main road, we realize we've done a complete loop and ended up where we started. I'm in the lead, and as we roll past our previous turn-off point, I raise my left hand and ...
... a brief stop at Gallipoli, at Anzac Cove to pay tribute to the soilders who had lost their lives in the thousands back before WW1. Led by a then First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill, the mission to capture the Ottoman capital failed because of chance and luck on the Turk's part. As a tribute to all the Australian and New Zealand Corps troops who lost their lives, the Turkish renamed the coast and a cemetry was set up in a beautiful spot next to ...
... real people lived and carried out their daily lives. Even though thousands of year have gone by, parts of this great city are still here to look at today, and are not just piles of rubble. I found more intimate evidence of life as well. Bits of pipe from sewage systems poke through the earth. Wheel ruts from wagons have left deep ruts in the road. Carvings of games are etched in the marble road. \Remnants ...
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