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Sep 23, 2009 - Troy

I did Troy today. That was kind of my highlight. It was pretty cool. I get all geeked on ruins, so I had a great time. After that I walked around Canekkale. It's a really cool town on the water. I have been eating only from street vendors, so I decided to sit somewhere and eat. I went to a restaurant that was kind of pop culturish. It was kind of American/English food. I got a pretty good laugh looking at the menu and seeing Crap legs instead of Crab legs. At least they are trying. I got a pizza because it seemed safe. And I'm staying away...

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My European Trip

Sep 22, 2009 - Bussing to Troy

I woke up late today and hopped on a bus to Canakkale, which is a good place to stay for Troy. There aren't too many people who speak English here and not too many English speaking travelers either. It was a pain in the ass to figure out the whole bussing system and I was so irritated when I began my 7 hour journey. Yes, I had to sit on a Turkish bus for 7 hours. I was not looking forward to it. I spent about an hour sitting there watching arab techno pop music videos and I had a real moment of clarity. This is there life style and I could...

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My European Trip

Aug 22, 2009 - Turkey

Early rise, 4.45am for 6am departure. Had to get up supa early when we have 4 girls in a room. Spent most of the day travelling from Greece into Turkey. Apparently, the Greeks and Turks hate each other and therefore the border crossing were time consuming. The Greek official really stared us all down with our passport photos before we could leave the bus. Before that happend, Josh(tour manager) asked us all to make sure we had our passports the night before and have them ready on board. So whilst we where at the Greek boarder, Nick couldn't...

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Sep 17, 2008 - Kusadasi to Canakkale

From Kusadasi we followed the coast northward toward Canakkale in the Dardanelles. We had to call up Sector Control before we got to the entrance and then were only allowed to do 14kts up the strait among the massive container ships chugging there way up around us. We stopped in at Canakkale for the night, where we managed to get out and about just before the sun dropped below the mountains on the other side of the strait. We shared a small side salad with two starrrrrrving cats. I was at risk of losing my fingers to one of them and every...

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May 9, 2008 - Canakkale (Turkey) - Gallıpolı - A hıstory lesson.

Just a quıck warnıng, some of you may fınd the next bıt a lıttle borıng, where as I'm sure some of you wıll be very ınterested to hear what thıs place ıs lıke. I can tell you straıght out that ıts a mınd numbıng place to vısıt and to stand on Anzac Cove beach you feel lıke you are on sacred ground - Whıch I guess ıt really ıs! I dıdn't realıse we had so much ın common wıth Turkey when ıt comes to Gallıpolı. You sort of grow up hearıng the one sıde of the story, but to the Turks thıs place ıs just as ımportant as ıt ıs to the ANZAC,s and...

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Sep 9, 2006 - Canakkale and Gallipoli

As a stroke of good fortune, the bus stopped right out in front the ANZAC house where we had booked accommodation. The guys at reception pulled out the timelessly funny "sorry, no rooms left" gag, which had us rolling with laughter ... not. We were tired and just wanted to get to bed. The room was very average with shared facilities down the hall. What did we expect for $30. ANZAC house runs tours of Troy and Gallipoli with Troy in the morning and Gallipoli in the afternoon. You could do both, but it was and 11 hour day. Or you could do one...

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Sep 24, 2005 - Day 28: Kavala to Canakkale.

We had a 5am departure this morning! Yuk! It was necessary, however, as we had no idea how long it would take us to get through the Turkish border - it was notorious for taking possibly up to 6 or 7 hours. We arrived at the border at just after 7am. Andy went down the bus and took 1 euro bets as to what time we would get out of there. The border crossing was pretty uneventful and we were out of there by 10am. Lucky. It was pretty funny though. As Sammy didn't have a working visa, Andy had to pretend to be the bus driver and had to drive the...

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Jul 14, 2005 - Gallipoli, Turkey

Wed., July 13. Bus to Canakkale. As Ephesus is considered the crown jewel of ruins in Turkey, we decided to skip some other ruins (Pergamum and Troy) and instead visit the Gallipoli Peninsula, site of a major World War I campaign. Thursday, July 14. Tour of Gallipoli with Hassle Free Tours. We took an afternoon bus tour arranged through our hotel, Anzac House, in Canakkale. Jeff and I were the only Americans amongst Aussies, Kiwis (New Zealanders), and POMs (Brits). Anzac day is a very big holiday in Australia and New Zealand. It...

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Jun 8, 2005 - Assos - Çanakkale

This morning we had a sleep in, a long breakfast and a laze around the pool. Ingrid also went for a quick dip into the very clear Aegean Sea. Then ıt was off to Çanakkale. We arrived for a late lunch and booked our trip around Troy and Gallipoli for tomorrow before taking a walk around town. We saw the trojan horse used in the 2004 movie "Troy" and went to the Army and Navy museum. Unfortunately the museum was closed but we were allowed to walk around the grounds where we saw a replica of Nusrat and many field guns, cannons and mines from...

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Apr 24, 2005 - Gollipoli

Up early today to catch our bus to Gollipoli. We said goodbye to the friends we had made over the last few days and went to bus number 73. It left around 7.30am. After two stops and about 6 hours we had made it to the Gollipoli National park. We got diverted away from the meseum because the Turkish Prime Minister was leavıng (He even waved at us). Then after waiting for about 1 hour we found our tour guide. First stop ANZAC cove. Wrong!! Because Prince Charles decided to arrive there by boat and have a look no one was permited to go down...

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Feb 23, 2005 - Canakkale, Turkey

Canakkale is the base camp that you use for exploring Gallipoli and Troy. It is on the Dardanelles, the narrowest point of the sea that leads to the Black Sea. It is a very stragic location and has been for thousands of years. That is still true now, as you can hear the fighters taking off and landing at a nearby NATO base. There is a old fortress that guards the strait as you enter. Has a very pretty harbour. I stayed there one night then left for Troy in the morning.

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Jul 24, 2004 - Toward the Hellespont

Çanakkale, mid 30s, sunny with a few scattered clouds. I've hit ruins overload. I can now tell the difference between Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian columns, and, frankly, I just don't care to do it anymore. In Egypt they call this "Templed out." I guess we can use the same term in Turkey - they're still temples, after all. Where do I begin? Yesterday, having slept 10 hours and after drinking about 6 liters of water, and feeling much better, I went with Beth, Dana, and Barb to the sister resort of the one we were staying at in Kusadasi. We...

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Cyprus & Turkey 2004

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