Trip Start Dec 13, 2006
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The first thing we saw the next day was the Aya Sophia, an old Byzantine Cathedral that became a mosque that became a museum. It has amazıng artworks and mosiacs on the walls and ceilings. When the building became a mosque the Muslims covered up most of the mosiacs since they depicted Christian and living things, but they are gradually restoring many of them.
The Blue Mosque was pretty cool, but loses in comparison to the Aya Sophia
The Grand Bazaar was a bit daunting. We went in expecting to do some haggling and get some cheap stuff, but found a tourist trap with overly pushy sales touts instead. Still, it was interesting wandering through the Bazaar. We got well and truely lost and it took some time to get back to where we started.
For this part of our trip we are taking a 'hop on - hop off' bus called Fez Bus. It isn't terribly cheap, but we wouldn't be able to see all we want to doing the travelling independently. The tour guide is very cool, an Aussie bloke who treats everyone like mates rather than tourist sheep. Our first stop was Gallipoli. For the battlefields we had a local guide, Captain Ali. This guy is a legend, he was really into the history and the way the war was fought 'cleanly' by both sides. They even have the remains of some of the 90 year old trenches, much eroded of course.
Troy and Pergamon were two ancient cities we toured the next day. There wasn't so much of Troy (versions I to VIII) left standing, but Pergamon has a partially reconstructed temple and the steepest ampitheatre in the ancient world.
Ephasus was amazing. There is heaps to see, and they have only excavated 19% of it! There is a huge auditorıum, a reconstructed library as well as monuments and statues aplenty
Right now we are in Olympos, southern Turkey. It ıs on the Mediteranean Sea, and very nice to swim in despite it being Autumn here. The place we are staying in looks like a shanty town, but is really cool and laid back (right up untill the nightly disco starts doof-doofing away...). It is a 30 minute walk to the beach, but the last bit is through scattered Lycian and Roman ruins. Yesterday I climbed a headland with a ruined castle and found of all things a tortise! Today we are off again, making our way to Cappadocia. Our next blog will be from a Greek island, internet connections allowıng!
Dave and Heidi