Trip Start May 24, 2008
28Trip End Jul 26, 2008
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We took our very comfortable seats and awaited our departure - which occurred right on time. There were three, yes THREE, staff members on the bus. One driver, another who I deemed the drive attendant, and yet another whom I gave the title of bus engineer. The driver drove. The drive attendant was wearing a crisp white shirt and, I'm not kidding, a bow tie. He provided service during the ride. The bus engineer wore a neat blue shirt and tie. He jumped off to load and unload luggage, kept the bus clean of any garbage that should meet the floor, and wiped down your seat tray after each drink service
From Istanbul, we took the highway to the west around the Sea of Marmara and then officially crossed from Europe into Asia at Canakkale during a short half-hour ferry ride. The scenery was quite nice during the remainder of the ride. We began to see a slightly arid look as the Mediterranean crept towards us, groves of olive trees became dominant features, and several of the Greek Isles could be seen just off the coast. A few more hours of skirting the Aegean Sea out the right side of the bus and we arrived in Bergama.
Bergama was a welcome change from the hectic big city that is Istanbul. Once one of the Middle East's richest and most powerful small kingdoms, Bergama is now a very relaxed city of about 60,000 people
This is the dry season in this region of Turkey and we are having wonderful weather. Blue, sunny days with not a drop of rain. Who can complain? From here we make a quick hop south to the city of Selcuk where we pick up the ruins where we left off. We will be visiting the ancient city of Ephesus and we'll be sure to share our experiences with you.
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Until next time...
Jon and Liz