Marmara Region: Canakkale-Troy-Asklepion
I wouldn’t write much of Troy although Ugur or Mr. Lucky explained a lot about it. He talked about Homer's Iliad, Helen of Troy and so on. Looking at the map of Turkey, there are a lot places in the western half of Turkey with ancient remains. It was once under the great empires of Byzantine, Roman and the Ottoman and it is full of history. I always thought all these classical designs and architectures were in Italy and Greece and I don’t really bother to look up on them. I had learnt a bit of those empires in school during our history lessons on the world civilizations. Because we were kids then, those kind of infomation were lost on us. This trip really awakened my interest in history albeit a little.
We resumed our journey (2 hours) towards Asklepion, 193km from Troy. Asklepion was a famed ancient medical center. En-route we stopped at Bergama where we had lunch. Along the route, were vast of perhaps recently harvested land and some stretches with olives as the main crop (that was what I saw). Most frequent land use that I observed was agriculture.
The rice that we were served regularly
The journey was then continued to the coastal town of Kusadasi (another few hours) where we checked into Pine Bay Hotel for the night. En-route to Kusadasi, we stopped at a Turkish delight shop where we sampled and purchased some apple teas, Turkish desserts, olive oils spices, nuts etc. They cost around 15 lira to 17 lira a packet. I thought they were not cheap but we still bought a few packets. Anyway, we have extended our stay in Istanbul so we would buy more there. A pure extra virgin oil (7 times refined) was sold for TL100 and my family bought 3 bottles.
Thank you for reading and visit me again.