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Turkey part 2
Taking a vacation from the Vacation
||After 3 weeks of more or less non-stop touring we decided to take a couple of days off. Clean up chores, check e-mail etc., but plenty of beach time on the warm Aegean.||
Time to get going again
Slow travel in a Motorhome - a typical day
The day was planned as a simple typical day: depart camping and take a quick tour of the northern portion of the Gallipoli battlefield enroute to a ferry crossing, shop for supplies, tour a major venue - the ruins of Troy, then proceed south to the coast and seek out a campsite.
Papillon Crosses the Hellespont
Papillon steps into Asia at 11:35 on June 18, 2007
Shopping at Kipa
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Troy is one of the most legendary sites in Western Civilization and a most extraordinary archeological site. It is the first "tell" or multi civilization ruin hill that we visited. Heretofore, we have seen primarily Roman or Roman built over Greek towns and temples.
Above you can see the signage indicating layers of civilizations after each was destroyed
Finding a campground or sleep spot
Departing Troy we headed south toward Assos on the Coast, where the map and a guide book indicated that there was a camp ground or two. Enroute we passed this jewel.
Papillon poses before an Ottoman built Humpback bridge beneath the town of Behramkale, near Assos.
But the evening before was most rewarding. Obviously the first American motorhome ever to grace their property, the owners went out of their way to make us comfortable. First we sat by the water and had a couple of beers (Tuborg - they did not sell Turkish brands). We were seated next to a party of 10 people who were commencing a Raki party (Anise flavored fire water) and were very much enjoying themselves. At the table on the other side were 2 men and a women. One fellow read from a paperback the entire time and spoke to no one and the other got up to inspect Papillon more closely. I followed him after a moment or two and invited him to inspect the interior. He spoke enough English that we communicated quite well. He stated that he was 85 and that his daughter spoke perfect English. We returned to the table where his daughter sat and he introduced us. She had married and Englishmen and had lived in London for a few years.
We retreated to Papillon and fixed our supper and then returned to the table for a "nightcap" of Turkish tea. There, 2 women from the Raki party came over and started to talk with us. One had lived in Vienna, Virginia for 8 years and the other had a niece that had recently graduated from Julliard. Another pleasant interlude. We commented on how lovely the Turkish people had been toward us and one responded that Turks are always pleasant to their visitors.
Yep really! Just a more or less typical day of a motorhome tourist in Europe
Just when you thought that you were Ruined Out - Pergammon
We thought that we had seen it all but once again Turkey continues to amaze. (In fact we found surprises and "new discoveries" at every Turkish venue. That fact really can keep you going when the heat builds up.)
|Sometimes you find an
attraction whose very site is spectacular.
Such is the case with the Acropolis of the ancient town of Pergammon high above the modern city of Bergama. Almost 1000 feet above the town, the site served as platform for a Temple to Athena and an Alter to Zeus in addition to being a defensive fortress in times of invasion.
The last King of the region, who was without an heir, willed the city to the Romans in 133 BC during their eastward expansion.
|Started in the Hellenistic era, the
theater was enlarged by the Romans in the first century AD. One of
the steepest pitches we have encountered, we declined to explore the
Bergama city is far below.
|And sometimes you find a site where
the professionals have restored the space so magnificently that you are
spellbound for an hour.
Such was the Sanctuary to Emperor/God Trajan. Here they cleared out all the rubble and restored the floor and just enough of the structure to truly give you the impression of what it really looked like in its day. Sighted on the edge of the hill overlooking the town it was a most impressive space. I was transfixed for almost an hour.
In the eastern tradition, kings were revered as Gods. The Romans adapted that tradition to their own ends throughout the Empire in time.
Below, in Bergama city, at the foot of the Acropolis, sits the ruins of the large & strange
A Roman structure from the 2nd Century AD
This structure was mentioned by St. John the Devine in Revelations as one of the 7 churches of the Apocalypse, citing it as the Throne of the Devil.
|It was built to honor the Egyptian
Gods Serapis and Isis - the Romans were very good at hedging their bets.
Numerous statues show the Gods back to back while others clearly have an Egyptian look about them.
1 oh 5 degrees
This was the first day of what was to be 7 days of Century Heat. Over 100 dead in Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Cyprus
|Puttin' on the Ritz
After a day of little frustrations, heat and unable to find the campground that was listed as being near Izmir, we camped in the parking lot of this fine property.
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