At exactly 7am the next day, we were already on our tour bus
leaving Kolin Hotel happily sated and fully rested. Throughout
our trip, daily wake up calls were very early at 5am (sometimes earlier,
sometimes later). An hour after the calls, we were expected at breakfast
tables. This was followed by departure for next destination an hour later. That
was our morning routine during our trip.
ur second day Turkey adventure started with a drive to Bergama
city to visit Acropolis of Pergamon. The ancient Greek capital, Acropolis, is
one of Turkey’s great centers of culture and finest archeological sites. As it is
perched on a hill, we boarded cable car to reach there and got to enjoy scenic
views of the surrounding area on our way up and down. Ticket is priced at 8TL
for round trip.
As we reached the top, a seller welcomed us with fluent
Bahasa Malaysia, “Selamat datang. Murah! Murah!” It was not surprising when his
shop became a hit among us. There’s a row of shops selling souvenirs. The
souvenirs here are cheap indeed compared to other places that we visited.
Before entering the site, an admission fee of 20TL must be
paid first (our tour guide took care of that). Then only we walked up a stone
stairway leading to the ancient ruins. Acropolis of Pergamon is a vast
archeological site with interesting ruins to marvel at. It is a wonder that
these structures are still in existence until today considering that they dated
as far back as 3rd millennium BC. Subhanallah!
Among the famous structures that can be found are Temple of
Trajan – a huge marble-columned temple, Temple of Athena, Library of Pergamon –
believed to contain 200,000 reading materials, Hellenistic theater – the steepest
theater in the ancient world, Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus, etc.
After more than 24 hours of traveling, we finally headed
towards Kolin Hotel. It was the first among several hotels that we stayed in
the course of our trip.
Kolin Hotel is a 5 star hotel in Canakkale. It is beautifully
furbished with modern amenities (including free WIFI). There is a supermarket just opposite the hotel
for guest’s convenience.
We were dead tired, I was for sure. The last time all of us had
a bath was a day ago, so just imagine my relief to arrive at our hotel. We were
given room 1415, a very spacious room. Although there were 5 of us, we didn’t
feel cramped at all. I think the room is sort of junior suite. There is a bedroom with huge
double bed that comfortably fits 4 small sized people, while in the living room there are 1 single sofa bed and 1
double sofa bed. Not only that, there are 2 flat screened wall-mounted televisions.
After an hour of settling in and freshening up, we went down
for dinner. It was a buffet. Oh my, we were spoiled with choices. Rambang mata
The next day, woke up feeling rested and looking forward to
our second day adventure, once more we were served with extensive selections at
the hotel’s buffet breakfast. One item that caught my interest was honeycomb.
Me being a food lover, I savored as much as I could. Whenever
traveling I’d make a point to try local food. Thankfully, my three children are
not very fussy. Their taste buds can easily adapt to local fares. Moreover, at every
meals served to us, surely there would be some foods that they like for example
flavored rice, fries, sausages, cereals, soups, breads, etc.
Who have watched an epic movie titled Troy with the handsome
Brad Pitt as it leading actor? I didn’t watch it from beginning till the end; I
just got to catch a bit here and there. I don’t know how the story goes and I’m
not familiar with the history behind it either. It’s quite unfortunate for me
because it would be better had I known a bit of Troy history, I would have
appreciate our second stop more.
Late that evening we finally arrived at our destination, Ruins
of Troy. It is a city that existed over 5000 years ago and is known as the center
of ancient civilization.
Can you spot us at the window?
The first thing that greeted us there was a giant wooden
replica of Trojan horse. My kids and their cousins excitedly climbed the
horse’s steep stairs to get inside (me included okay).
As it was getting darker and colder, we didn’t follow our
guide’s tour of Troy’s archeological sites. With the kids tagging along, it was
not advisable to explore this ancient city due to slippery and uneven paths. We
did, however, walk around the mound near the entry to the ruins.
Some info about Troy:
~ Troy was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
~ This ancient city is the setting of Homer’s poem, Iliad.
Dah kenyang makan lunch, perjalanan diteruskan. Nak pi tempat yang dituju, kami naik feri pulak seberang ke Asian side.
Burung-burung tu berterbangan betul-betul ataih feri
Yang lelaki semua pakat naik tingkat ataih feri. Kami yang pompuan dok diam-diam dalam bas jaga budak-budak. Bukan tak mau naik tapi tak larat nak kawai budak-budak aktif ni. Hubby yang ambik gambaq dari tingkat ataih feri.