16th October 2016
We have enjoyed another short break this week in Eceabat on the Dardanelles Straits. For the fifth time we stayed in Hotel Casa Villa where we received the usual warm welcome.
There are so many places to visit in this area commemorating the battles fought during the Dardanelles campaign. I must admit that I have always been a bit confused about the geography of the battles but on this visit we watched a very informative short video in the Canakkale Naval Museum which made it very clear. Last time we visited this museum the fortress was closed for renovation. This time it was open and we were able to wander round looking at mines and artillery used in the campaign.
The nine-hour journey back was long but the roads are really first class now and made driving relatively easy, in spite of the singularly distinctive Turkish driving style!
In town this morning we saw an interesting sight. A group of young Turkish women; one in full black robe and headscarf, two in jeans and headscarves and one in jeans, a strappy top and hair loose down her back. They were all laughing and joking- isn’t this how it should be?