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Sep 29, 2015 - Troy and Pergamum

Tuesday 29th September Down to breakfast at 7am – Maureen is getting better at this! Another great breakfast spread but still feeling somewhat full after dinner last night. Our first stop this morning was at Troy. This is the Troy of Trojan Horse fame. Helen, the wife of Greek King Menelaus ran away Paris to Troy. The king sent 1000 ships to follow them to Troy but he could not breach the walls of the city and eventually retreated but as a sign of peace to the Trojans, he constructed a huge wooden horse and left it outside the city gates....

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Jan 29, 2013 - Bergama

We had a quiet weekend as the weather was not good. We did walk into town between showers on Sunday and visited the Archaeological Museum, which contains just a fraction of the artifacts from the ancient city of Pergamum and surrounding “digs”. A great deal were taken out of Turkey by German archaeologists and are now displayed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin (Turkey is trying to get many of them back!). It was TL5 entry fee and well worth the visit – I took one photo before the guard came and told me “No photos, Madam!” Yesterday was a...

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Jan 25, 2013 - Bergama

We had another Dolmuş trip into Izmir on Wednesday, repeating all of Monday’s process, to apply for Sue’s residency permit. In addition we had discovered that our Vodaphone package sold to us in Çanakkale had been only a “tourist” sim card (yes we were ripped off) and the number was not registered in our name. Hence it has been blocked and the phone will not work. We tried to sort it out here in Bergama – at the first Vodaphone shop we were told “too much trouble” and at the next the assistant tried to help but he didn’t have much English....

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Jan 20, 2013 - Bergama

Today we walked the streets of Bergama (ancient Pergamon which was the capital of a huge kingdom which once covered half of modern Turkey – from which name “parchment” is derived). This is an extremely ancient town and there is so much to see and learn. Parchment, thin material made from animal hide, was developed here when papyrus became scarce and expensive. Bergama rugs are famous, hand-made of wool in geometric designs. We walked several kms today on the long street to the Old Town, where we walked the loop below the acropolis and got...

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Jan 19, 2013 - Troia to Bergama

We spent a quiet week at Troia. We walked into the Sunday markets, held in the street outside the Mosque. We went into Çanakkale on the Dolmus twice more, the first time intending to visit the Arkeoloji Müzesi (Archaeology Museum) but finally found it and it was closed for the winter! We wandered through the backstreets beyond the bazaar and along past Çimenlik Park, buying a new backgammon set on the way. After visiting the Carrefour Express supermarket to buy dinner, etc. we sat in the sun and played backgammon while waiting for our bus...

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Apr 23, 2011 - Pergamum and Bergama

Not a long drive today, we hope, but we are up early to get in a visit to Pergamum before lunch. First we have get away from the hotel, and after waiting ages for the lift we get in. The doors close and we don’t move. We wonder why, and check the loading, it can take 12 people but to get that many in you have to start stacking them, so it can’t be that. Over a minute passes and it is suddenly very hot in that lift. Fawlty Towers strikes again, regardless of what button is pressed nothing happens. The doors open and we breathe a sigh of...

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