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More historical ruins.

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The beautiful Aegean Sea in the background.

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Driving along the highway near Istanbul heading East.

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The Dardanelles ( /dɑrdəˈnɛlz/) is a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with its counterpart the Bosphorus. Water flows in both directions along the strait, from the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean via a surface current and in the opposite direction via an undercurrent. Like the Bosphorus, it separates Europe (the Gallipoli peninsula) from the mainland of Asia. The strait is an international waterway, and together with the Bosphorus, the Dardanelles connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

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Our very durable tour bus that has been taking us up the mountains and through very, very narrow streets. We have a great driver Haron!

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Another typical Turkish dish.

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Our tour guide Aydin. He knows everything about the history of Turkey He studied tourism and economics at the university. He has been doing this for 45 years! We have learned a lot from him!

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Two men washing their feet before entering the mosque to pray.

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Inside the Hagia Sofia

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Blue Mosque