Tuesday 6 October
It was a late start today which gave us time to explore the little village of Assos before we travelled to Canakkale. In the first part of our travels we went to the Assos Temple of Athena through a village with steep cobbled streets. There were amazing views, even to the island of Lesbos.
We went to the ruins of Troy and climbed inside the replica of the horse of Troy [I wonder if I should read Homer’s Iliad.] which by legend was a gift to the goddess Athena from the Greeks. We walked around the ruins which showed us all the different levels of ruins in the area. The posted information said –
“The wind brought wealth to Troia”
The currents of the Dardenelles and the prevailing north winds forced ships bound for the Black Sea into Besik Bay.
That night in Canakkale the group went to an “Australian” restaurant where the notice board said that only English was spoken (not the case!!). Again our choices were fish, meatballs or chicken which became the standard joke at mealtimes for our group. We stayed at the grand ANZAC hotel.