Thursday, January 5, 2012

Crossing Dardanelles Strait from Eceabat to Canakkale in Turkey

It took me awhile to figure out which strait we crossed from Eceabat to Canakkale in Turkey. I tried to find the notes I had written during our 10-days vacation in Turkey last September 2011. Thanks goodness that I found it. It was quite a long trip from us from Istanbul to Eceabat. With the ups and downs of the bus on the hills and valleys where we passed during that trip, It took us around 5 hours to reach Eceabat. We also passed-by some long and winding roads but it was great to see huge plantation of olives in that area. There is no highway like in Germany where you can really drive fast. It took us almost 6 hours to reach Eceabat. It was quite a tiring trip but worth-it with all the sights we saw afterwards.

After crossing Dardanelles strait, we were already in the Asian part of Turkey. I felt like at home as I landed in Canakkale. I was finally in Asia...yoohoo!

We boarded again the bus which was together with us in the ferry as we reached Canakkale. From there, we headed to the famous Archaeological Site of Troy. Remember the epic poems of Iliad and Odyssey attributed to Homer ? Or maybe the Trojan War described in these Greek Epic Cycle? Troy or Troia was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1998.

I will share more images from Troy, Turkey very soon!

buildings along the coastal area of Dardanelles in Canakkale, Turkey.

The Dardanelles, formerly known as the Hellespont is a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with its counterpart the Bosphorus.

Like the Bosphorus, it separates Europe (the Gallipoli peninsula) from the mainland of Asia. The strait is an international waterway, and together with the Bosphorus, the Dardanelles connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

a photo of Eceabat before leaving its coastal area. You can see a minaret of their mosque soaring high. It was a wonderful trip we had in Turkey last September 2011.

Eceabat, formerly Maydos (Madytos), is a town and district of Çanakkale Province in the Marmara region of Turkey, located on the eastern shore of the Gelibolu Peninsula, on the Dardanelles Strait.


angie said...

I cannot wait to see more! Love seeing your travels. Happy New Year.

Prettymom said...

you're lucky for you can travel many times a year. Traveling is one of my wildest dream, hehehe.. di na ako gumawa ng blog layout kasi i am just using a netbook eh, nasa desktop ko yung software..di pa naaayos..

NatureFootstep said...

the first shot is my favourite. Love the color of the water in that one.

Anonymous said...

I love Turkey!