The Trojan Experience

Trip Start Aug 10, 2006
Trip End Dec 11, 2006

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

We waved fair well to Mr and Mrs Fatih and headed down to Troy. It has always been a fascination for Julie and I about the myth/legend of the Trojan war and so we were full of expectation as we prepared for our arrival. As has been the case on our trip we encountered the usual headaches of public transport - just missing the hourly bus, waiting wandering the streets aimlessly until the cramped, rickety old minibus was about to depart.

Unfortunately the ruins of Troy did not live up to expectations. On arrival there is a large replica of a wooden horse greeting visitors and from what I saw, this was the highlight of the ruins. The actual site has been occupied from 3000bc and as there has been about 7-8 different civilizations, there is a real mish mash of different rocks and excavations. It is impossible to visualize how the site may have been at any one time as some rocks are 3000 years old and others are from 200AD. Nevertheless, it made for a good opportunity to work on my tan as it was about 38 degrees and no shade.

We managed to negotiate another minibus and super coach trip south to Ayvalik that evening. Ayvalik is a seaside village on the Aegean Sea and is very popular with locals. The area is quite renowned for there seafood so we enjoyed a lovely meal of lamb kebab and salad on the seaside promenade.

As we were sooooo very tired from the past few days, we decided to take a bit of R&R the following day by catching a 7 Island cruise. After negotiating with the myriad of operators we agreed on paying 15 YTL (about $7.50) for a full day cruise and seafood lunch. Julie and I were the only foreigners on the boat which made for some interesting conversations. It was on this boat trip that I decided never again to try and explain what occupational therapy is!!! after being bailed up by a crazy Turk who insisted that by the end of the cruise, I cure his manic depression that has resulted in numerous marriage break ups and a string of children to different partners. Julie conveniently faked sleeping during this time so as not to get caught up in the complicated counseling session that ensued.

After getting out of the conversation by saying I was actually a physio (was very difficult to stoop so low but desperate times!!) we escaped the boat and headed for the nearest harbourside cafe'. We found an amazing place just before sunset that had beanbags on a deck over the water. Once on the beanbag it was impossible to get out so spent the next few hours soaking up the serenity over a couple of Efes Beer.

Ayvlik has gone done in the top five seaside towns on the Aegean we have visited!! Unfortunately as time was limited we needed to up and leave for Selcuk.
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