Troy: Where was Brad Pitt?

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
Trip End Aug 10, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Thursday, June 10, 2010

What mostly surprised me was that we met so many locals that did not speak English.  The women dress different from other Muslim countries.  They wear colorful outfits that don't seem to match at all.  They also wear their scarfs different, they don’t tightly wrap it around the head but wear it a bit loose and tie it on top of their head rather than use the pins.  The men look absolutely hilarious with their harem pants and little caps on their heads.

We arrived in Canakkale and I really liked this cute little town on the water.  This town is a frequent stopover for visiting the battlefields and memorial sites of Gallipoli.  I had never heard about Gallipoli until I arrived in Turkey.  This is where the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand fought in their first battle and many lost their lives.  However, we did not visit the battlefields as we only stopped here to visit Troy and break up the long journey to Istanbul.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has heard of the movie “Troy” starring Brad Pitt.  However, little did I know that this is more of a fairytale than fact.   The movie version says that Paris, a Trojan prince, claims that Aphrodite has awarded him a prize, Helen, a beautiful woman. But she is already married to Menelaus, the king of Sparta.  He appeals to the Achaeans for help and so begins the decade long battle.  Hector kills Patroclus.  Achilles kills Hector.  Paris kills Achilles.  The Achaeans bored with the bloodshed and fed up that they can’t break into Troy, formulate a plan.  They built a huge wooden horse and stuffed it with soldiers and wheel it to the walls of Troy.  Brought in by the trusting Trojans, the Achaean soldiers inside the horse came out in the night and torched the Trojan town and the city of Troy finally falls to the Greeks.

That was the Hollywood's version but the fact was that the earthquake of 1250 BC brought down Troy’s tremendous walls.  And historians believe that the Achaeans built a monumental wooden statue of a horse to show their gratitude to Poseidon and there is no evidence of any soldiers inside the wooden horse.    We walked around the city of Troy and were told that this is a tricky sight to understand because the excavations have revealed nine ancient cities that were built on top of each other dating back to 3000 BC.  The wooden statue used in the movie was located in the town of Canakkale and was much more believable than the one they had at Troy.

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