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Cannakale, Turkey

Day 28, 24 April 2009


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It was just before dawn as we entered the Dardanelles heading for Cannakale. This narrow channel connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean Sea, and thus separating Europe from Asia, is 77km long and varies in width from 1.5 to 8km.

A few of us faced the crack of dawn temperatures to see the Sehitler Abidesi Turkish Memorial in the distance. As dawn broke we picked up the pilot and passed the memorial. The temperature of the wind was freezing; a sign I need extra clothing for tomorrow morning’s dawn service.

3:30pm and we depart for the hotel on our way to the Gallipoli dawn service at Anzac Cove.
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Kusadasi, Turkey

Day 27, 23 April 2009


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This morning a visit to the famous historical site, Ephesus. This site boasts the well-known Library of Celsus, a stunning façade that reminded me of the Treasury at Petra.
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The magnificent Basilica of St John was the next stop. Tradition has it that John died in Ephesus in about 100AD and a tomb discovered in the 4th century was thought to be his. A modest church was built over it. Emperor Justinian replaced this in the 6th century with a sumptuous basilica.
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From the ruins of the basilica can be seen a solitary pillar and a few blocks of granite are all that remain of the Sanctuary of Artemis. This is another of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. A quick visit to this site for a few happy snaps and onto a rug weaving business. All hand-made, all different quality – the silk rugs are so soft and beautiful (and well beyond my budget). I think I’ll have to find apple tea down-under…

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Bodrum, Turkey

Day 26, 22 April 2009


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Today’s adventure started with the Bodrum Castle (aka Castle of St. Peter) which dominates the port and city. Next the Tomb of Mausolus and finished with the antique theatre. I also found time to buy myself a lovely leather jacket.

A friend of Val’s got us in contact with a mate in Bodrum named Chris. She is an Aussie who married a Turk about 25 years ago and now lives in Bodrum. Chris’s hubby is an archaeologist at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology (ie the Bodrum Castle).
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Chris’s husband took us around the castle. He found Carian and her gold treasures on Anzac Day in 1989. The skeleton of Carian, princess of the 4th century BC and stepmother to Alexander the Great, is on display. Of all the ancient sites we have toured, this is the best presented.

The Tomb of Mausolus (aka Mausoleum of Mausolus) was built around 355BC and once stood about 45m high. It is one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. The word mausoleum came to be used generically for any grand tomb, though “Mausol – eion” originally meant “(building) dedicated to Mausolus”. Detroyed by earthquake, the Mausoleum was quarried by the Knights of St John to help build the 15th century Castle of St. Peter.

The antique theatre seats 5,000 and was built in the 4h century BC.

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Antalya, Turkey

Day 25, 21 April 2009


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The ains of Perge was the first visit for the day. An ancient sports and entertainment complex with a large horseshoe-shaped stadium (for 12,000 spectators). Compared to many of the ruins I’ve seen, this was unimpressive (and very expensive).
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Next was Aspendos with its beautifully preserved ancient 15,000 seat theatre – rising two storeys above the valley. From the top row every word could be heard – fantastic acoustics.
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A walk around Antalya’s Old Town started at the clock tower. A stroll across the road to the Old Bazaar had me drinking hot apple tea – very nice. Next a leisurely walk to Hadrian’s Gate, the entry into the old town in 130AD and a wonder around this beautiful old living area.
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Alanya, Turkey

Day 24, 20 April 2009


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My plan for today is to take it easy – that didn’t happen! It was a full day having taken well over 20,000 steps (including a massive hill). I looked around the bazaar then a climb to the fortress then back into town for some local food – Turkey pizza, apple tea and some Turkey beer. The pizza was very different done in strips – very enjoyable.
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Seljuk fortress (kale) sits high above the harbour and is surrounded by a wonderful mess of poorly preserved ruins. The views were superb.
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I had a minor problem getting to the castle with a scammer sending me in the wrong direction along a goat track, following me then wanting a lot of money as a guide. I think I might have taught him a few new English words! When I got into the castle there were signs warning people of the scammers. Too late then! I plan to find company for future trips as it’s far too easy to get into trouble on my own.
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