Day 1 - Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome. Day 2 - Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar. Day 3, departed from Istanbul and a long drive arriving late evening at Canakkale, dinner, overnight, breakfast next morning and to Troy - one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world with 4,000 years of history, an ancient city found in the 19th century where the legendary trojan war took place and listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. First the history of Troy by the tour guide - the development as a series of settlements, how it started as a Bronze Age dwelling, survived a Balkan invasion, rejuvenated during Greek and Roman rules and even had a stint as a Byzantine town before falling into a state of ruin. Trojan War is an important Greek mythological story about the Trojan prince ((Paris) who ran away with Zeus' daughter (Helen), thus sparked the 10 year war.
Troy is an epic - you see the wooden Trojan Horse, ruins, ancient wall cities, statues, excavation, a small open air theatre complete with raised tiered seating and a sunken stage. The path through the ruins is well marked. But quite rocky and slippery at certain places, so be careful. See before you walk.
The whole area I think I covered, some candid shots I'm sue you agree you won't want to miss and back to the entrance where there is a souvenir shop. I went in, saw and came out without buying. Souvenirs I don't waste money on because the family and friends don't appreciate the little things you actually pay a lot. So better to buy some chocolates at the airport. I know they will happily eat.
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