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Our tour group provided transportation to the airport for us, leaving the hotel at 7:30am. We had a rental car reserved at the airport. We had to go through security to just get into the airport building and went down stairs to the domestic terminal where the rental car counters were. There were helpful people from the airport information at various places who offered to help us. Of course we didn't know that's who they were at first and were a litle apprenensive at first until they identified themselves.
We got a VW Passat 4 seater manual transmission car.
The car came with about ¾ tank of gas and following the directions given by the rental agent we found the first Shell station right outside the airport. We topped off the tank at about 3.33 TLR per liter. Which made the $4 per gallon at home seemed cheap! Then we made the wrong turn and headed east, hmm, off the highway and into another gas station to verify where we should go, we then turned around and were on our way west along the coast of the Sea of Marmara toward the Gallipoli penisula.
We were on a highway which went through 50-60km of sprawling suburbs or cities connected to Istanbul before we saw some open land and then there was not much between cities we passed.
Another couple of hours later, we arrived at the town of Gallipoli at the seaside. We parked the car after finding a spot on the street but trying to get close to the curb turned out to be a bad idea, because the curbs were really high and we couldn't open the door! So I moved the car further from the curb and we took a walk to the small harbor, where there were many restaurants.
There was a small park with a statue, and many small fishing boats. We turned down the first restaurant which tried to lure us in, and ended up at one right at the beach. Mom checked out their fish and they had tables in the back with were right on the water. We had a simple lunch, the fried bonita fish turned out real tasty, the chicken kebab was a bit tough. People were friendly though.
We watched fishes in the clear water, and ferry boats going back and forth toward the south shore of the Sea of Marmara. We were not supposed to cross here, but continued to the national park for the WWI memorial at the penisula. Along the way, there were many farmers selling melons and other fruits by the road.
We made the first stop at the Main Information center.
There were many fruit sellers along the road, and we stopped at one to buy some peaches, nectarines and a watermelon! We went down to Eceabat and caught the ferry (23 lira) to Canakkale, crossing the Dardanelles, the strait separating the Sea of Marmara and the Agean.
At dinner time when it was cooler, we walked along the waterfront, looking for a restaurant, but ended up back right next to the hotel. Outdoor dining with fresh fish. After dinner, Kevin and I went for another walk before going back to the hotel.