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May 27, 2016 - Gallipoli to Canakkale, Turkey

Friday 27th May 2016 Istanbul to Canakkale, Turkey Today we were up early (6:00am) as we were being picked up at 6:30am to take us on the long drive to the Gallipoli battlefields southwest of Istanbul. We arrived in Eceabat on the Europe side of the Dardanelles, a narrow strip of water that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey and had lunch there. European Turkey makes up only 3% of the country. We were then driven up towards the Gallipoli battlefields and the ANZAC landing places about 20km away. It was a very interesting place to...

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Sep 28, 2015 - Battlefields of Gallipoli

Monday 28th September Woke even before the call the prayer this morning from the nearby mosque. We are being collected by Fez Tours between 6.30 – 7.00 am. Checked out last night before going to bed and organised a breakfast pack with the hotel to keep us going until our first coach stop on the way to Gallipoli. Tour reps arrived at hotel at 6.45 and we made our way up to the next street to get their shuttle to our main bus along with a number of other tour takers. We duly arrived at our coach in Taksim area and joined a couple of others...

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Apr 29, 2015 - Gallipoli - Being There

Gallipoli- Being There It is no mean feat to see the part of the Gallipoli peninsula where the fighting took place. Several factors make it more difficult but the two main ones are people and time. You can drive around to all the places to visit but that means lots of big coaches, small coaches and private cars on relatively narrow roads. The coach drivers - ours was Suleyman - was very able. The know their coaches capability like the back of their hand. So everywhere we stopped there were crowds and if we were lucky, some other buses left...

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Apr 26, 2015 - Anzac Day

As the crow flies we are not so far from Anzac Cove; some kilometres but on the opposite side of the peninsula which initially was not the plan. But we do feel a close connection, rising at 5am for an on board, live feed dawn service. Twelve of our group are over there and we know just how it feels outside for them. The only difference is that we got to sleep in a bed last night. They left our boat at about 1.30pm yesterday and have not yet returned at 2.30pm today. We now refer to them as the 'dirty dozen' instead of the Gallipoli 12! The...

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Apr 25, 2015 - ANZAC DAY- PAUL

PAUL 12.30 am Arrived at Mimoza Park staging post for 2nd checkpoint and scanning. There was a big screen showing what was going on at North Beach – show started at 19.30 (7.30pm). Stooged around/rested/ate some of the “GOODIES”. 2.30am ish Bused up to Ari Burnu for next security check and scanning then walked to Nth Beach commemorative area. Stands full and grassed areas were chocker’s, but found patch of grass to stand/sit on. 2 big screens to watch (couldn’t see stage area at all). Good view of sea and a couple of times the Sphinx etc...

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Apr 25, 2015 - On Board life

MS Island Sky A bit about the boat. This is a British boat, built in 1992 and recently refurbished. It's in the old style with wood and brass everywhere and is largely staffed by Philippinos who spend their time swabbing the decks, polishing brass and painting welds. They also serve us in the restaurant and are incredibly fast, efficient and just lovely. They also clean our rooms. The captain is Finnish, the manager of 'other things, Emma is from South Africa - has been on the boat for 16 years- and the head chef is Liverpudlian. Truly...

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Apr 25, 2015 - ANZAC - VICKI

Vicki – April 25th Today we are in beautiful Venice (as it is actually the 30th April), while we wait for our accommodation I decided to fill in the events of my Anzac Day. We attended a beautiful ceremony at Gallipoli. I only had to leave at 1.00am in the morning and we did not have all the red tape to go through like Paul with the Dept. Veterans Affairs. I could not believe that they left them there on Lone Pine, with no food unit 7.30pm at night. He enjoyed the ceremony - but the organisation was not well thought out!!!! We returned...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Trip to Canakkale

Thursday 23rd April Friday 24th April Today we took as a leisure day. We could of gone to Troy or on a number of excursions but instead decided to go into Canakkale – as our ship was docked at a cargo terminal a bit out of town – booked 5 years ago by Military History Tours, as well as All Buses, and our own private car ferries to go over to the Peninsula. This saved us a lot of time and mucking around and meant we were able to see much more. Don got stuck on the boat with customs because he did not go to Lemnos (Greece) with us and that...

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Apr 23, 2015 - Third Day in the Battlefield

Thursday 23rd April Today we have to be off the Peninsula by 1.00pm because they are putting up road blocks and locking it down for the commemorations. There is a strong presence of army, police etc. Today was a very interesting day. We went to “The Nek/Walkers Ridge” First. This piece of real estate was hotly contested for, as it was the access to the highest points where the armies could control the Peninsula. Unfortunately we had a lot of bumbling generals and majors who tried to make orders from the water, as well as badly timed...

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Apr 23, 2015 - Dardanelles

AE2 We were privileged today to be able to observe, from a distance, a service to mark the sinking of the AE2, Australia's second ever submarine in the Dardanelles in 1915. This is apparently a lost story from WW1. We have on board a submarine expert, Peter Briggs, who has been involved in the diving mission to assess the viability of raising the sub from it's 70m grave in the Marmara Sea. The end result has been to leave it where it is with zinc things beside it that absorb the rust that would otherwise slowly continue to destroy the sub....

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Apr 22, 2015 - Battle Fields - Second Day Touring

Wednesday 22nd April Before I begin telling you about today I thought you might like to know what was in our lunch packs. A multitude of items. First we had a couple of chunks of cheese (not sure what type)? Then some crackers. two bread rolls, some mayonnaise, tomato sauce, jam, a drink (from fruit juice to a soft drink), bottle of water, plastic cutlery, then some fruit eg. apple, banana (soft), orange. Small packet pringles (plain - sometimes flavored), and Oreos. Needless to say some strange combinations of food were put together. We...

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Apr 21, 2015 - Battle Fields Touring First Day

Tuesday 21st April. After overnight travelling we are finally in Canakkale. Paul got seasick last night at dinner. To day is the start of three days touring around the Battle Fields. It commences at 7.00am. (Considering we didn’t actually get into Canakkale until 7.30 pm because the tug boats wanted a bribe to work before 7.00am we started the day a bit late). I am learning that in Turkey money talks. Today we have an early breakfast and leave the ship with a boxed lunch. There is a three-day plan, everyone visiting 4-5 sites each day in...

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