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Today’s Reads (Apr 14)

Posted by intellisg on April 14, 2007

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One Morning When the World was still Asleep in Troy (Travelogue Series – Turkey)

Posted by intellisg on April 14, 2007

troy.jpg“There is nothing in Truva,” said the one legged man as he cupped his hand and lit another cigarette. Scanning the seascape, I couldn’t agree more – Troy, or Truva must rank as one of the Mediterranean world’s greatest disappointments; even the most forgiving guidebooks insist it’s not worth the bother.

In fact, the ancient ruins are so notoriously abject there is nothing here that compares to the Hollywood depiction of Brad Pit’s glimmering Troy. Walking aimlessly I strained to seek out traces of the great wall which the God of Apollo had built. Instead I found a hill clothed with thorny scrub and decaying trees along with a mountain of rubbish the sea had swept in.

Having said that, it doesn’t mean Troy doesn’t have an allure. In fact, Truva in antiquity was perhaps the first documented destination ever to be commercially marketed by the prototype tourist industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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