Day 4 – Troy and Assoss
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I awoke to a loud banging on the old wooden door of the Karavansay hotel room where we as staying in Canakkale. It sounded like someone was desperate to get in or perhaps they were using the door as a set of drums. However as I lay there momentarily contemplating whether to drag myself from my slumber and find the cause of the commotion I heard a second sound. This one was high pitched and full of devious humour. As I continued to listen I heard the source of the noises shift in the corridor outside and the sound was repeated just a little further down it - a rumble of loud thundering on the door, followed by two sing-song giggles. Then again it happened even further away but now I also detected the sound of bare little feet padding quickly across the wooden floor. I checked the time make sure I'd not unwittingly overslept and seeing that it was only 6.30am, I replaced my head on the pillow.
The two children who were racing up and down the corridor outside made one further round of the doors before a sonorous voice called to them in a loud whisper and there was silence. Before closing my eyes again I noted the Callum had not even flinched a muscle and remained fast asleep.
Then a few minutes later I was awoke a second time by what I thought might be a repeat performance as the wall I was sleeping next to vibrated. Later however Tim explained that it had been a small earthquake (another tick on the bucket list!). We'd seen information in Istanbul about what to do in an earthquake (Istanbul is right at the point where continental Europe meets continental Asia so is prone to them. It basically said - hide under the table and don't let it go. Then get out of the building! Tim explained that Istanbul is expecting another large quake after the big one in the late 90's. Glad we didn't know that then! The small one we felt in Canakkale was actually good as it relieves the pressure. Callum slept through that too!
from our unusual early alarm call however today was a lazy start. We made
our way down to breakfast at about 9.15 and met Tim in the courtyard breakfast
area at just after 10. We are now starting our tour of the more ancient
history of Turkey and this morning we start with the main location of
Homer's Illiad and Odessy; Troy. The old city of Troy is about 30 mins
drive from Canakkale but our visit starts with a short walk along the
beach to a spot where the Trojan Horse, from the film Troy starring Brad
Pitt among others, is located.
There are 3 at the party and they argue over who is the most beautiful. Zeus refuses to get involved but says that he knows of a just man, named Paris, who can judge. Each of the Goddesses try to bribe Paris with gifts such as being the ruler of all Asia but Paris chooses Aphrodite, the Goddess of love (who promised to make the most beautiful woman in the world love Paris). Paris returns to Troy but is accepted by his father and become part of the royal household. Later he is sent to take a message the Greek king Agamemnon and he realises that the Kings wife is the most beautiful woman on earth and true to her word Aphrodite makes Helen fall in love with Paris and they escape together back to Troy.
Greeks make chase and lay seige to Troy but are unable to break through
the Trojan defences so eventually the Greeks hatch a plan. They build
the horse, hide some soldiers inside and then sail away - apparently giving
up. But of course when the Trojans pulled the horse inside, the Greeks
soldiers lit beacons to tell the fleet who were actually just in a bay
nearby that they were in and opened the gate so Troy fell. Apparently
some of the Trojan royal family escaped to the mountain of Ida where Zeus
protected them until they could sale away and according to the tradition
they landed in Rome and became the ancestors to the Romans. When we arrived
in Troy there was another Trojan Horse. This one less ornate than the
one from the film but it had the advantage that you could climb into it.