21.08.2011 - 21.08.2011 30 °C
Our longest drive today. Left Izmir at 9.10 am but by the time we fiddled around buying diesel and finding a garage where the air pump worked, it was more like 9.40 am. We thought we would find a turn off to the autobarn but we never did, however the road to Canakkale was double lane all the way, except for about 30 kms of single lane over the mountains. Not much traffic on the road at all and we made really good time.
25 kms from Canakkale we turned off and drove 5 kms to Troy. Single lane road in very bad condition. Hardly anyone there and we had a good look around and just as we were leaving, the busses started arriving. It was warm but very, very windy.
Arrived in Canakkale and had trouble finding our hotel. They are doing roadwork out the front so the road is closed. Quite by accident we asked directions to the Akol Hotel and we were right at the back door! The hotel is lovely. The foyer is huge and has lovely furnishings and our room is huge and overlooks the sea. It is probably the biggest room we have been in all trip.
Went for a walk along the sea front and had a light snack. This Trojan horse was used in the Brad Pitt movie, "Troy".
Phil had a tomato and cucumber salad and asked for humus for me. It never came. Finally an English speaking waitress came and said that they don't have humus so I ordered chips. Am eating very badly. Still fat. Had a rest and then went out for dinner at 8.30 am.
We ordered fried zucchini and it was just that - cold black strips with yoghurt. Yuk!! We couldn't eat it. Had cheese spring rolls. Nice. Phil ordered a stew dish and I ordered cheese meat balls. They were pink inside and tasted awful. I wrapped them in a serviette and put them in my bag to dispose of later. Very disappointing dinner in a very nice location - outdoor restaurant next to our hotel.