Adventures of a teenage author...

This is Marta, author of the Darkwoods series and of Marta's Blog. I created this blog specifically for blogging about my 2015 study abroad adventures in Europe, but it's becoming the blog for all my travels. I hope you enjoy all the pictures and stories!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Assos - Scenery

From the top of the acropolis, we could see the island of Lesvos across the water. It look for all the world like an island from a fantasy realm rising out of the mist. There was an old, ruined stone that also looked liked something out of a fantasy setting. So, naturally, I have a lot of pictures:

Just imagine a bird skimming across the water as the island grows closer...

Clouds were following us in, and they looked cool, so I snapped a few shots:

I don't think any of these pictures really captured how cool Lesvos looked.

Anyway, here are the other scenic pictures:

And finally... walking into the town, we passed an ice cream sign: 

One of the professors told me that "Yahya" is a name for John the Baptist - so it's holy ice cream! (Hahahahaha!)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Assos - Acropolis

 The end of our three-day walk to Assos was the amazing acropolis. I'm going to include two posts, one for the ruins and one for some of the views, which are my favorite so far.

The primary attraction at the acropolis is the Temple of Athena, which I remember the guide saying is the oldest Greek building in Turkey.

Pictures below:

Here's the temple:

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Troas to Assos - Scenery

I just had to. The part of western Turkey that we were in reminds me of Montana (long stretches of mountainous country with virtually no one there), and some of the scenery is just gorgeous.

Day 1:

I remember I took this picture as the wind was blowing through the wheat. It makes a rattling sound.

This was the river near the bridge

Day 2

It was a lot cloudier on Day 2. Also a lot steeper:

These were right by the Smintheion!

Here was an area where we were looking for road segments

Not the problem stream - that came later. This was a different stream.

Thankfully, we did not have to try to climb down and come across to that hill, but we were considering it

Here's a side view of the killer hill we hiked down. The problem stream was at the bottom.

Looking back up at it. 

The stream is toward the right, hidden in those green trees. The short version is that the group members went across it different ways. I tried to follow one of the professors, but I was far enough behind her that I lost her, and she was across the stream before I realized it. So my roommate and I kept going parallel to the stream, looking for a good place to cross. We eventually did make it across, but it was kinda dicey for a while.

This path goes about parallel to the stream, I think.

I think this is the hill we then had to climb up.

Looking back the way we came

Here's the view from the top, or near the top, of that last hill we climbed up. 

We did some more hiking after that, but I think all my pictures have road fragments in them, so I'm not sharing them. If you want to see pictures of road fragments, go to the Anatolian Roads website. 

I'm not doing a separate post for the scenery pictures from Assos, because all the pictures I took on the morning walk there have some sort of road fragment in them, and because the scenery from Assos deserves its own post.