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Jun 24, 2012 - Troy - Kusadasi Day 4

22nd May 2012: Tuesday. Weather is good, and we are on the bus at 8am. 15 minutes later we arrive at destination. The first sight that we encounter at Troy (Troia or Iliad- the city had 2 names back in the 8th century BC) is a hugh wooden horse in keeping with the Greek Poet/writer 'Homer's' famous tale of the Trojan War (centered around the abduction of Helen of Troy and the judgement of the Trojan Prince Paris by the Gods) and the resulting myth that led to the saying 'Beware of Greeks bearing gifts'. Myth and Political reality over...

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May 2, 2011 - Troy

Caught the bus to Troy today. Went through Gallipoli across the Dardenelles. The weather was perfect. Troy despit what acertain librarian would have you believe is more than a hole in the ground. It's many holes in the ground. On the way back the Russians made us miss the ferry. Last night I didn't sleep at all. So I'll keep it short. Tomorrow I'm going to something very stupid.

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Western Civilization

Apr 17, 2011 - Tevfikiye - site of Troy

One of the required readings of many youths is The lliad written by Homer about a famous battle at Troy. While I had never actually read this novel, my wife had and was determined to see it. We had taken a morning bus to a nearby town called Canakkale. We checked a few hotels near the bus depot, but they were all full. It was decided that we would stay in the farming village just outside the site of Troy. When we arrived in town, we should have know that from all the "what are you doing here" stares that this might be a bad decision. It was...

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Sep 26, 2010 - Assos and an extraordinary man, Troy and Gallipoli

Dear family and friends After leaving Serince we drove roughly in parallel with the Aegean for five hours through fairly ugly areas as you get in any place. A great many new apartment buildings throughout Turkey which we wonder about - is it a population boom, public housing - we are not sure. By the way the turquoise coast really is turquoise. Wondering, with sinking heart, what this place we were heading to might turn out to be, in the last half hour the scene changed as we got off the main road and drove along the coast and our spirits...

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Aug 16, 2010 - Troy

Well, that single word says it all, doesn't it. Few historical place names are as redolent with associations as Troy; perhaps it's because so many cultures lay claim to parts of the legend and its fusion with factual history. The French claim descent from the Trojans (rank nonsense, except for the persuasive truth that both are experts at military failure); the Italians claim as their forefather Aeneas, the famed Trojan leader who, erm, ran away from Troy and founded Rome after many wanderings (possible if you include Aeneas' triumph over...

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EuroTrash 010

Mar 18, 2010 - Turkey: Troy and Pergamum

Pergamum (now called Bargama) was a stronghold of Alexander. The medical center there, which focused on dream therapy and mud massage, was quite the place to be back in the day. They even had a large Greek amphitheatre for the patient's evening entertainment and hot tubs. Troy--did it really happen as Homer wrote in the Iliad? We vote yes. NINE cities built on top of and expanded over one another are a clear indication of the importance of this place. Troy stands near the entry to the Dardanelles Straits which lead from the Mediterranean...

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Jul 14, 2009 - Troy and snorkelling

For those of you who don't know, I majored in English Literature at university, and studied the Illiad and the Odyssey as an undergraduate, hence the name of my website! Therefore, I was also very excited to visit the site of Ancient Troy, where the 20 year war was fought over Helen, the woman whose face launched 10,000 ships! Just briefly, the story goes, Paris, the son of Priam, the ruler of Troy, met Helen while visiting another ruler and her husband, Menelaus, King of Sparta. They fell in love and Helen ran away with Paris to Troy....

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Jul 8, 2009 - Troy

Troy…well, what can I say. I have been putting off writing this entry while I racked my brains trying to think of something positive to say about this place. The nicest thing I think I can say is that there was a lovely view from the fake horse. Most people have heard about the ancient city of Troy, Homer first mentioned the story of Troy in in Iliad and Odyssey. Later, it became the most popular subject in Greek drama. Legend has it that Troy was under seige from Greece for 10 years and was eventually taken over by them by the use of a...

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Taking the Long Way

Sep 6, 2007 - Troy

Troy! So everyone pretty much knows the story about Troy, but there is actually a lot more to it than we thought. There was actually 9 cities of Troy. Once each city was destroyed by fire, earthquake, war, etc, they built the new Troy on top of the old Troy. So at the ruins, there are layers of different cities which makes it very hard to understand. The Troy we have all heard about is thought to be Troy 6. Apparently, it is believed that Troy was the birthplace of Western Civilization, dating back to 3000 bc. Some also think that the...

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May 6, 2007 - Troy - the world's crappiest anicent ruin

Jen and I visited Troy - truly the world's crappiest anicent tourist attraction. Bill Bryson, noted travel writer, has observed about Australians is our love of "big things". He writes: "One of the more cherishable peculiarities of Australians is that they like to build big things in the shape of other things. Give them a bale of chicken wire, some fibreglass and a couple of pots of paint and they will make you, say, an enormous pineapple or strawberry or a lobster. Then they put a gift shop and cafe inside, erect a big sign on the highway,...

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Turkish Delight

Aug 27, 2006 - Troy

In the mornıng we headed off for the tour of 'Troy'. Well Lonely Planet ıs rıght. It really ıs not somethıng to go out of your way for as ıt's not much chop. A few rocks and left over storage pots etc does not a good tour make. Too many badly organısed tours early on and archeologısts tearıng through the place wıthout real care, has ruıned anythıng really worth whıle. We went back to the hostel were we were to take another 6 hour bus rıde further down the coast. Not lookıng forward to ıt. Well ıt was boggled up somethıng chronıc and we...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Jun 18, 2005 - Troy

TROY (6/18) I could go on at length about the site of one of history's greatest cities but this entry is already long enough and most people probably aren't too interested. Besides, the journey there and back was full of the colorful experiences we were looking for when we set out on this round-the-world journey and so I will concentrate on them instead. For anyone who would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. A PLEASANT DRIVE After 5 days experiencing the thrills of Istanbul, we now felt it was time to explore the country at...

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