In order to get to our destination, we need to cross pass by the Aegean sea. They have ferries to carry vehicles (just like Penang once had) to the Asia part of Turkey. Do you know that Turkey is made up of two continents, Europe and Asia? Imagine by just crossing a bridge and you can be on the other continent without having to show your passport. Isn't it cool to be a Turkish? However only Istanbul is considered Europe and I wonder do the Turkish insisted on getting their children being born in Istanbul so that they can be Europeans? I was really sad and almost fell into depression to watch the movie TROY a week after I came back from Turkey. If only time can be rewind, and to I were to visit this archeological site after I have watched the movie. Not the opposite. So that I can see how ruin is the city now compare to the computer-generated glorious moment of Troy once upon a time. Seriously if you have not watch this movie either, go watch NOW. Excavations revealed that this piece of land, before Troy, had 9 different cities and 46 levels of habitations almost 3000BCE. Which impressed me a lot because I still couldn't imagine a city being totally buried and gone while another new city being built on it after some years. Although this place is look less interesting (due to massive damaged) than it supposed to be, the story and myth of this place did not fail to interest me. I love myths. Especially the ones with ruins and better ones which turned into movies. Still, I hope to hop back to the ferry and cross the Aegean sea to Greece! I believe there are more ruins to be explore.
Finally we started for Gallipoli; this is a world war1 sight. The place is deserted and the videos of World War 1 fights keep playing so you can spend time and get to know more details about the World War 1. The sunset in Gallipoli with sea on one side and mountains on other is worth the watch.
Day 10: Izmir Thyatira Pergamon Assos. In the morning we drive to Thyatira, which is known as the tolerant church. Then, we proceed to Pergamum (Rev. 2: 12-17) to visit the Acropolis. With its several temples this is the place referred to in the Bible as the place where 'Satan dwells'. Pergamum was a great center of scholarship and learning. Anthony took the library from here with its 200,000 reels and transferred it to Alexandria as a present for Cleopatra. After the Acropolis visit the Asclepion, the ancient hospital. Dinner and overnight in Assos. Includes: (Breakfast, Dinner). Day 11: Assos Alexandria Troas Troy Istanbul. We drive to Alexandria Troas, founded by a commander of Alexander the Great; Paul visited here at least twice in his second and third journeys (16: 7-12; 16:8-10). We proceed to Troy- home of the legendary Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse. Then we drive to Istanbul for overnight. Includes: (Breakfast, Dinner). Day 12: Istanbul. Enjoy the busy streets of Istanbul at your leisure. Includes: (Breakfast). Day 13: Istanbul. Fly home or continue to explore another destination. Includes: (Breakfast).