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Sep 5, 2007 - Gallipoli

Matt and I booked a tour from Istanbul down the coast of Turkey stopping at important historical sites. We figured it would be good to have a guide for this portion of our trip as it would be hard to appreciate stuff we couldn't find! The first day we drove down to Gallipoli. This is a very important site for both Australians and New Zealanders, as a number of young ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) lost their lives fighting here. In 1915 the British wanted to go through Turkey to get to Russia. The only other way to reach...

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Aug 26, 2006 - Gallipoli

Well we found out the tıme of the pick up this mornıng. There was a knock on our door at 6.45am. Our bus was waıtıng downstaırs for us. Shıt. Well we moved so fast that neıther of us brushed our teeth, haır, washed our faces let alone went to the bathroom. We hoped that ın our rush we dıdn't leave anythıng behınd and I don't thınk we have. We clımbed on board and apologısed to the two others who were waıtıng. They were Aussıes so we chatted to them and explaıned the goıngs on. We thought we were on our way to a hotel also ın Istanbul for...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Aug 19, 2006 - Gallipoli

Day four we travelled by bus from Istanbul to the Gallipoli peninsula. Five hours seemed a long time to be on a bus but it was nothing compared to subsequent trips. We visited all the main battle sites including Lone Pine, ANZAC Cove and Chanuk Bair. Colin asked the tour guide if he could help us find the grave of his relative that was killed at Gallipoli, but they had no record of him. However Sue found his name on the Lone Pine memorial. He was one of 900 New Zealanders (and 2600 Australians) listed. The confusion resulted from the...

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Jun 2, 2006 - Gallipoli

Today we went to one of the most monumental places in New Zealand history, Gallipoli peninsula. We went with a tour run by TJ himself, the owner of the Hotel where we are staying in Eceabat. He had a lot of knowledge of all the battles and where they happened during WW1 that were familiar to me. We visited all the battle sites that were important or involved NZders. I understood that the Gallipoli campaign was an important sort of a "birth of a nation" stuff for us kiwis but I didn't realise that this was the same for the Turkish people....

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Jun 1, 2006 - Galipolli & Troy - Turkey

Unlike parts of the Middle East and Africa, for a strange reason Gallipoli wasn't one of the places on the itinerary that prior to my departure conjured up high excitement and anticipation. I guess I believed that because it was a place I knew so much about, a new and enlightening experience was most likely not forthcoming. But as I've learned quite a few times on this trip, there are so many things about a place words can't describe and pictures can't capture. I knew that the ANZAC's landed a mile to far north and were confronted with a...

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Apr 30, 2006 - Gallipoli

**For all non-Aus readers let me explain that the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey was the scene of Australia's first foray into World War. The nine-month offensıve in 1915 was, and still is often referred to as a baptism of fire for a then fledgling nation. The cost of the failed effort to take the Dardenelles Straits was especially high, with up to 50,000 allied and 90,000 Turkish fatalities.** We rolled into Çanakkale across the Dardenelles from the Gallipoli Peninsula late ın the evening and found beds at the Anzac Hotel, so we knew we...

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Apr 24, 2006 - Gallipoli - Lest We Forget

We this morning we head off on a bus for Anzac Cove. Nothing greatly interesting about the trip itself. Took about four hours or so and the traffic wasn't as bad as they made it out to me. We stopped off at a town just outside Anzac Cove (can't remember the name). This is where everyone seemed to stop off for to pick up some lunch and some last minute snack for the big night ahead. After this we headed straight to The Anzac Museum at Anzac Cove. Here we got our first glimpse of the spectacular view from the top of the cliff. The museum...

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Ben Does The World!

Apr 24, 2006 - Selcuk - Gallipoli

Early this morning, we got on the bus and drove to Canakkale where we caught the vehicle ferry across to Eceabat which is the closest town to ANZAC cove. We arrived at about 6pm and walked to the ceremonial area carrying our small backpacks and rations for the night. Everyone layed out their sleeping bags on the grass. It was going to be a long night. The Turkish authorities were well organised for a large crowd and eventually throughout the night, more than 10,000 people arrived.

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Apr 23, 2006 - Eceabat

Im guessıng that today ıs the 24th* - all the days are goıng to flow ınto one and ım only goıng to know where ım goıng from where ıve been. Eceabat ıs a tıny town where you can catch the ferry across the Dardenelles to another bıgger place that ı cant thınk of the name, we wıll go through ıt ın a couple of days. We are to camp here for two nıghts and wıll attend the ANZAC dawn parade. the townspeople are all very frıendly and look at you lıke youve got a clown nose on ( ı guess ıts my fırst taste of beıng a foreıgner) I took a rıde on a...

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Sep 29, 2005 - GET ME OUTA HERE!! And to Gallipoli

So I have an early mornıng breakfast date and have to shorten ıt to make ıt home ın tıme for an early take off for our next destınatıon of Gallıpolı. After arrıvıng a few mınutes after my promısed tıme to ımpatıent toe tappıng and eye rollıng we start off on our supposed 200 or so km journey. 2 Hours after leavıng İstanbul.. we arrıve back there for a 5th tıme (how the hell do we get out of thıs place???) Obvıously only ı dıd anythıng close to boyscouts (always be prepared)..whıch was gırls brownıes.. and so wıth no REAL map and no sıgns...

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Jacki's Journey

Sep 13, 2005 - Turkey Gallipoli/Istanbul.

Hi Everyone. Had a moving experience at Gallipoli. very peaceful place. Met the guide TJ a spitting image of Maurice Rioli. Did a five hour tour over Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, The sphinx, etc. walked the trenches and saw the memorial for Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. HArd not to show your emotions. Surprising how far they got from teh coast. Slept in tents at teh Boomerang Bar. Had a great night singing and dancing. Our last night of the tour. Arrived in Istanbul late saturday. Beautiful place. Very big. Have checked out the Grand Bazar,...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Gallipoli

Figured İ better check out the Dardandelles - there are bridges across the Bosphorus but the only way across the Dardanelles is by ferry. Road ends and vehicles drive onto ferry - huge buses, oil tankers, semis, everything ferries across and then continues their journey. Pretty neat. Gallipoli had to be a unique battle - there's NO animosity now & didn't seem to be any then! İ'm a zero at history & know nothing of battles but this one has Turkish & Australians & New Zealanders all best of friends between killing each other. Once again İ...

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