Published: June 6th 2009June 6th 2009
Although I am not technıcally ın Troy right now, we did visit Troy (Truva in Turkısh) today. On the whole the site was quıte ımpressıve especıally gıven that fact that parts of it were built over 5000 years ago. Hightlights from the ruins included a cave (I think I have seen more caves in the last 3 weeks than I will probably see for the rest of my life), Nessie posing as Achilles clutching her heel infront of a group of tourists, and our picnic lunch (we ended up finding the most delightful little bench to eat it on aswell).
We spent the afternoon at a beach just outside of Canakkale where Nessie and I were actually the only non-Turkish people. We managed to keep a group of children entertained for at least 45 minutes by telling them what various objects that they brought to us were in English. One thing we have noticed is that most Turkish children only know how to ask one question in Turkish: "what is your name". The weird thing is, that when you tell them your name...or you say "my name is Nicole" they dont understand what that means or know anything else to say in English and thus the conversation quickly comes to an end. Sometimes if you are lucky they will say the word English (pronounced Eglıssss) and then they will start listing the other languages they have heard of such as Françaıs, Espagnol, etc. Somebody really needs to teach these kids some more English so they can keep a conversation going longer than 2 seconds.
Tonight we had dinner by the harbour and then walked around and checked out all the lıttle artisan booths that are set up along the Sea. Nessie and I may have treated ourselves (and some other lucky ladies we love) to some Turkısh made jewels. These were actually the first souvenır-esque thing that I have bought and İ figure that I best get started on that especially because I only have 3 more night sleeps left in Turkey!
Tomorrow we are headed to Gallipoli to gain some perspective on some defining moments in Turkish history. Im excited to learn a little more about how the Turks managed to defeat the Allies as well as learn a little more information about this Ataturk character who put mouments of himself all over the country and named a whole wack of streets after himself. Monday we head back to İstanbul to savour our last moments of TUrkey (and buy a heck of a lot of Turkish delight at the spice bazarr). My flight to Bangkok is Tuesday night.
Lots of Love,