Troy and Gallıpolı
Trip Start May 07, 2010
18Trip End May 22, 2010
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This morning we woke up to a delicious Turkish breakfast including French bread, cheese, cherry jam, apricot jam, nutella, and cucumber. It seems to me every morning for breakfast, its always bread+cucumber+tomato+cheese. Sometimes a boiled egg and some black olives. Delicious yet simple breakfast. Unlike the breakfast buffet I get everywhere I go in Asia, like a regular meal complete with 40+ dishes,my my....
We signed up originally for the tour of Troy ruins ,but since the afternoon was available, we also added the bonus Gallipoli ANZAC day tour. Since back in high school I took a class that talked about Ancient Greek civilization and Homer's Iliad, I am actually quite excited about visiting the once mighty city of Troy. As it turned out, Troy is actaully made of 9 different cities build over 1000 years with one city build on top of the ruins of the old city
We arrived at the Troy ruin, the archeologist up til this date only unearthed 1/10 th of the entire area, and it won't be until 2150 til all the ruins are exposed.
The only thing left at the site are now some walls, corridors and a driveway. There is also lots of marble stone beams and segments of the former palace left behind.
During lunch time, we met some nice Australian couples and New Zealand couple who are going with us on the afternoon tour of ANZAC memorial site. ANZAC stands for Australian, New Zealand army corp and ANZAC day is on April 25. This is the date during World War I that the Allied forces invaded Gallipoli. Since the Ottoman Empire was on the side of the Germans, the ally forces complete with British, French, Austrailan, and New Zealander forces were to invade Gallipoli to take to key water way of Bosphorus strait to have access to the Black sea
Our tour bus took us first to the Museum where all the World War I artifacts were kept and gave us a quick run down of the war, how the battle was fought then a tour of the museum. Some of the most striking artifacts in the museum include a army boot with human foot bone still in it, a skull with a bullet wedged and twisted bullet shells that supposely hit each other in mid-air. Then our tour guide took us to to the Anzac cove, Australia/New Zealand memorial site, then the Turkish memorial site. It was truely emotional to see the unnecessary sacrifice these young kids went through for a meaningless war
After the tour we returned to Canakkale for dinner and settled in for the night.