There is little or no animosity remaining in civilized Europe which is also true of Greece and Turkey. There are only a very few fossils left who can accurately recount past Greek or Turkish misunderstandings, except for some disgruntled historian or other, and perhaps a wayward or lost politician. Nationalism may still be the last hiding place of a fool.
Crossing the border to Turkey from Kastanies is a doddle, but you are also made aware that you are leaving your comfort zone in the EU. Lurking in the background are lots of Greek and Turkish young men, playing their role as a reluctant soldier, and wearing very hot steel helmets in the midday sun, they only serve to underline the theatrical pose necessary for this the opening scene as you enter the secular Republic of Turkey. From then on the countryside is much the same as provincial Greece until you get to the notable Turkish bridge that spans the River Evros, which is where you cross the threshold into the historic City of Edirne. And then it hits you! You have just entered upon a piece of living history.
Well everything! The streets are absurdly busy, the shops full of people looking at, talking about and buying modern consumer goods, including the wary Greeks!
Then there are the four Mosques and the call to prayer, the taxi’s honking their horns and the shout of the street vendors as they encourage you to buy fruit, bread, and strange and sickly sweet things on sticks.
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It is Sunday and the banks are open, and the modern department stores welcome you with their low prices that start you thinking and make you wonder.
And the people? Well, that’s the best part. Polite, well behaved, happy, concerned, and finally busy; they are so different from the sleepy Greeks, that their historical coexistence seems to be an anathema, if not an improbability!
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