Where Giants of Troy & Pergamum Lived and Died
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
91Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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As I have much to complete for school work this week... and little time for frivolities, I am going to make this entry quick in words and heavy in pics... Some of the sites we enjoyed were Pergamum with numerous monuments erected to Alexander the Great for his liberation of the city by the Persian King Darius III... an ancient city adorned with Eumene's Library that rivaled the world's greatest library, Alexandria's Library in Egypt..
After Pergamum we drove to Assos and set up our base there... exploring the surrounding region... Assos is a beautiful and quaint fishing village nestled on the coast of the Aegean, 6 miles across from Lesbos, the famed home of Sappho, from the Ancient Greek land of lesbians... Above the rock hued fishing village lies the ancient ruins, a beautiful conglomeration of structures spanning thousands of years of inhabitance... a temple to Athena, massive sarcophagi lining the necropolis to the edge of the city walls, building remnants lived in by Aristotle as he studied physics and biology before becoming Alexander the Great's tutor... and the smallish Roman theatre where St. John preached on his way along the coast... and also where Carsten and Aidan sang and put on performances for Mom and Dad as we hung out on the half moon marble seating...
The very tiny village of Babakale, with the last Ottoman Turk fortress was built to fight off invading pirates... and where the locals graze their endless herds of sheep and goats on the green hillsides...
Gallipoli was another site of death and destruction where Ottoman Turks fought off the invasion of British, Australian, New Zealand and French forces... a WWI battle where over 500,000 lost their lives and where the iconic Ataturk made his mark on history, to become the first leader of the Turkish Republic... dragging the old Ottoman Empire into a new era of unknown freedoms and change... where one can find wildflowers covering the rolling hillsides that have become the graves of many lost soldiers...
Our last stop before catching our flight home was in Izmir, the most "European" of Turkish cities... bathed in the cool breezes of the sea and surrounded by coastal mountains... displaying couples holding hands and kissing in the park... a rare scene in many parts of Islamic Turkey...