Turkey, what an amazing country!! It's got everything really. We started with a tour of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It's such a peaceful and moving place and it's really something all Australians, Brits, French and Turkish people should do. We learnt a lot about the Turkish history here and realised how important this battle and their victory is to them and how it also formed their national identity.
From here we followed the coastline down bypassing Troy as we'd heard and read that is wasn't really worth the money. We did the Roman and Greek ruins at Permagon and Ephesus and now we've decided we're done with ruins on the trip - they all look the same really. The chalk pools at Pammakule are amazing. Unfortunately the water has dried up over the past 20 years so it's nothing like they used to be but if you look hard enough you can find patches of beauty. We spent about 4 hours here and took about 450 photos.
After Pammakule we headed to the coast and the Blue Lagoon near Fythie and Oludeniz. This part of the mediterranean is spectacular. There is a 500km walk you can do that leaves from here called the Lycian Way. We didn't have time to do it but it would be an amazing trek. From here we followed the coastline around until Side where we turned inland and headed for Cappadocia. There are few words to describe the beauty of Cappadocia, in particular the village of Goreme. The fairy chimney rocks that the wind and rain have carved out over the thousands of years are simply amazing. The highlight was obviously a ballon ride over them on a beautiful spring morning. This experience will be with us forever.
We then did a massive day of driving, 590km's back to Instanbul where we did the usual touristy stuff, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazaar and of course a kebab over the next couple of days. And then we headed northwest and into Bulgaria.
Hugo ran pretty well over this part of the trip however he had a small hiccup at the start. When we crossed the border from Greece, Jodi went to lock her door and realised that the lock had fallen out somewhere along the road. So we couldn't lock the car for a few days. We managed to get new locks on both front doors in Permagon which was fun with the language barrier. In total we did 3,170 km's over 2 weeks so there was a lot of driving in Turkey. We contemplated going further east and visiting Nemruk and some other sights but they were just too far. We'll save that for another time as we'll definitely be coming back at some stage, it's just one of those countries you have to visit more than once.
Speedometer: 147,616 km's