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Final Statistics: Alex & Maz Total distance: 93,550km
Furthest Point: Rotorua, NZ Now settled in Sydney, Australia
Final Statistics: Martin Total distance: 79,698km
Furthest Point: Hobart, Australia Now settled in Bristol, UK


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Arrive:Tue 30th Aug 05Depart:Fri 9th Sep 05
Days:10Approx km:1800
Capital: AnkaraCurrency: Lira (TRL)
Weekend: Sat/SunTime Zone: GMT +2
Int. dial code:+90Language: Turkish
Visa Required: YesReligion: Sunni Muslim
Side of road:RightBest time to visit: Spring or Autumn
Diesel Price: US$ 1.12Activities: Sightseeing, Diving, Hiking, Roman Ruins, Mosques

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Diary Entry: 29th Aug - 1st Sep 2005 - "Hello, where are you from?" ... "England" ... "Lovely jubbly!"
Diary Entry: 1st-6th Sep 2005 - Ruins ruins everywhere!
Diary Entry: 6th-10th Sep 2005 - True Turkish/Bavarian Hospitality
Diary Entry: 10th-11th Sep 2005 - More strangeness seen along the road
Diary Entry: 26th-28th Oct 2005 - Heads Gonna Roll
Diary Entry: 28th Oct - 1st Nov 2005 - Our 97,000,000 TL kebab

Photo Album for Turkey

Country Highlights En Route


With its 4,000 years of history, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. In scientific terms, its extensive remains are the most significant demonstration of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean world. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century B.C., immortalized by Homer in the Iliad, has inspired great creative artists throughout the world ever since.


With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and artistic events for more than 2,000 years. Its masterpieces include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 16th-century S�leymaniye Mosque, Aspendosall now under threat from population pressure, industrial pollution and uncontrolled urbanization.


Once called Belkis, Aspendos was founded by the Hittites, but it was Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) who ordered its great theatre to be built. Still used for performances today, the theatre really allows you to imagine what it was like to attend a dramatic performance in Roman times.


In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the G�reme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. EphesusDwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns - the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century - can also be seen there.

Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the world to get the feeling for what life was like in Roman times. As a strategic coastal gateway to the Eastern World, this Ionian refuge grew to be the second largest city in the Roman Empire, the site of a Christian shrine, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

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