Since I spoke briefly about it in the last post, I thought I’d follow up with a few pictures of Assos. Assos is a present day seaside resort, known best for its Temple of Athena and the Academy of Assos, which was founded by Aristotle.
We actually didn’t spend a lot of time in Assos, or Behramkale, as it’s also known. It was just where we spent a few nights at the Hotel Albena, while we were in Gallipoli/Çanakkale. Since it was still part of the low season, there wasn’t a lot in the vicinity that was open (so thankfully the teenagers were able to push start the bus and we didn’t have to call in a mechanic from who knows where). Of course, lack of places to visit didn’t stop us from exploring during our free time. The remoteness and solitude of the place was very evident on our walk–we only ran into a couple of locals that were out and about and nothing seemed open, not even anywhere we could stop for an ice cream or a cup of çay! When we commented about it, the hotel staff said that soon they–and all surrounding hotels–would be completely booked for the summer season with hundreds of families seeking respite from city life and searching of a bit of serenity that comes from only from being seaside.