We continued our drive south through grove after grove of olive trees and alongside stunning seaside scenes, stopping at the fishing town of Ayvalik. Olive-oil production is the main business of this delightful little village; shops had large jars of olives and bottles of olive oil in the windows and the guesthouse we stayed was a converted olive press.
Our journey today took us across The Dardanelles by ferry from Eceabat to Canakkale; a brief stop at Troy, only to discover that the replica horse was closed for renovations, so we didn't bother paying to go into the park; and then on to Behramkale. Here we climbed the narrow cobblestone road lined with souvenir sellers to view the ruins of the Temple of Athena in Assos. Assos was founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC. The Apostle Paul briefly visited the town during his third missionary journey (Acts 20:13-14), walking here from Alexandria Troas to meet Luke before taking a boat to Lesvos. As we wandered about the ruins of the Temple on the hilltop, we wondered if maybe Paul had visited the site and explained the gospel to the people living and worshipping here.