Trip Of A Lifetime

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The History And Variety Of Turkiye

There was no end to the amazing places we were able to see while in Turkey. Here you can see Adie at the 'Cotton Castles' which are naturally formed due to the minerals in the water in the area. There were so many people here it was just nuts. Most of them were running around in little more than a bikini or speedos. Adie and I chose to leave our clothing on.One of the best days of sight seeing for me was the day we went to Ephesus. But before going to the site, we went to the Virgin Mary's House. Here is Adie standing in front of it under the shade of a lovely tree. There was suposedly a mystical spring here that can grant wishes, but I drank some and nothing happened. maybe it's a belief thing.And now to Ephesus. Here I am in the small amphitheatre at the top of the town. You see, the great thing about Ephesus is that it is a town very much like Pompei, the difference is that this place wasn't covered in a volcano.Here is Adie with a spectacular view of the main amphitheatre that we had just walked around and then left. It is just amazing what people were capable of building using none of the technology that we have today... and to see how much of it is still standing! Brilliant.
Here we are in front of the library. This place is something else. There are inscriptions inside it and the two story facade is stunning. As you walk over to it you can see between the large slabs beneath your feet and you soon realise that there are storage rooms (like cellars) directly beneath you. The other thing to consider is that these may be tunnels leading to the brothels so that men could say "See you later dear, I'm going to the library to do some serious pondering" and then bugger off to those women of the night. Cheeky!
Me and my hat at the end of one of the two main streets of Ephesus. They are in the process of working on a huge section of houses down the end of this street that will be fascinating to look at. I'll give it at least 10 years though because (a) there's still so much more of the world to see and (b) I wouldn't want it to still be unfinished.
Now here's me standing in a hole at the Asclepion (place of healing). There is a small natural spring at my feet... can you see it? The amphitheatre behind me was used to show comedies to help ensure that patients had both a healthy mind and healthy body.
Our next site was the Acropolis at Bergama. Again the structures here that have withstood the test of time are quite stunning. While the pillars are reconstructed, it's still amazing to have as much of the original as they do so that they can put it all back together again. And just check out the view from the top of this hill! Stunning!
Now we did make it to Troy, where there is the lame Trojan Horse. The excavations there are pretty good though, not that I've included any photos here. They have recently discovered a mudbrick house there that they are in the process of excavating. Very interesting. We also were able to see the Trojan Horse that was used in the film Troy with Brad PItt (sadly no Brad though). A local council bought it for US$20 000 and stuck in on the foreshore. I think it looks pretty impressive and it's much better thatn the children's play equipment on the actual site.

The last photo from Turkey is of Adie at Anzac Cove. This was a pretty moving place and we learnt a lot while here about the fighting going on and the relationships that developed between the anzacs and the turks. We also had a man whose dad was fighting here and for him it was a very profound experience.

So, that's our Turkey experience in a nutshell. I'll do France sometime this week and then we're off again for a week to check out Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia. Then I guess I'll post about those too.


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