In the middle of August 2021 I arrived in North-West Turkey by crossing the border from Greece.

Robert Klinger crossing the border into Turkey from Greece with his VW T4 Syncro Van

I arrived with a friend in Turkey on a Sunday and most shops were closed. Fuel prices were way cheaper than in Greece and my tank was almost empty. I could not change money and it was impossible to buy a sim card for mobile internet. Hence, we camped at an average sized lake very close to the city of Kesan in the Thrace district.

A VW T4 Syncro Van and many goats in Turkey

One of the first encounters in Turkey was a flock of goats lead by a donkey, coming to this small lake for water.

A donkey and many goats in Turkey
A Volkswagen T4 Syncro Eurovan is parking at a lake in Turkey with a mosque in the background

Next morning we were driving to Kesan to change money and get mobile internet and I met more Turkish people, showing me the huge Turkish kindliness and hospitality by invitations for tea and a friendly conversation, which consisted of smiling and a kind of sign language.

The next stop was a beautiful location at  the Bay of Saros in the Aegean Sea.

Approximately 300 km south-west of Istanbul is the Gallipoli Peninsula, which used to consist of many battle fields during WW I. In 1915 more than 100 000 soldiers from Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, India, England and France died after fighting for the Straights of Cannacale, the Dardanelles.
Today, the Gallipoli Peninsula is protected area and still alive in Turkish and foreign memories, with the consequence of tens of thousands of visitors from Turkey and overseas to these former battlefields as very important places of their national narratives.

A military cemetery at the Çanakkale Martyrs' Memorial is on the Gallipoli Peninsula
Historical site on the Gallipoli Pensinsula in Turkey
The military cemeteries are in very culitivated condtions
A hugeA huge turkish flag and the Çanakkale Martyrs' Memorial during sunset
The Çanakkale Martyrs' Memorial
The Çanakkale Martyrs' Memorial is one of the biggest historical sites on the Gallipoli peninsula
A cannon and a container ship at the street of Dardanelles in Western Turkey
The Street of Cannacale
The Street of Cannacale is the connection between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Marmara which is connected by the Bosphorus to the Black Sea

More impressions of the Gallipoli Peninsula

After crossing the Straights of Cannacale by ferry and driving further south I arrived in Troy, which is more a testament to the importance of myth of our human experience. Troy is not the most dramatic historic sites in Turkey, as it is not a rebuilt ancient city along the lines of Ephesus. But the ruins of Troy are worth a visit.

The Trojan horse
Thhe Trojan Horse
The Trojan Horse can be seen at the entrance to the ancient site of Troy
The ruins of Troy
The ruins of Troy in the evening sun
Some imagination is needed to reconstruct Troy's former splendour
The ruins of Troy during sunset
The ancient site of Troy
Troy consists of ruins and a museum
The ruins of Troy in Turkey in the evening sun
The ruins of Troy
Troy is a big historical site located in western Turkey

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