24.08.2009 - 24.08.2009 30 °C
We left Istanbul after breakfast to make our way to Gallipoli. Our first rest stop before our destination was in Terkirdag where we sampled the local apple tea. This was very sweet but delicious.
Fully refreshed we continued our journey. The Gallipoli Peninsula is bordered to the east of the Dardanelles and is on the European side of Turkey. It has lovely stretch of sandy beaches but is also known for one of the bloodiest campaigns of WW1, where more than 500, 000 Allied (Australian, British, French , Indian and New Zealand) and Turkish soldiers laid down their lives.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for the country.
On 25 April 2005, to mark the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, government officials from Australia and New Zealand, most of the last surviving Gallipoli veterans, and many Australian and New Zealand tourists traveled to Turkey for a special dawn service at Gallipoli. People still go there every year on that day to remember.
This region is dotted with cemetries and monuments. We visited a few cemetries, one of them being Lone Pine which was in a beautiful setting. It was sure sad to see the number of young lives lost.
After this trip we crossed over the Mamara sea by ferry to the Asia side of Turkey and stopped in the city of Canakkale for a night in a family run hotel called Tusan Hotel. It is located within a pine forest looking over the Dardanelles and has it's own private beach. It's a truly relaxing and peaceful place to be in and the staff were very friendly. We had a very nice dinner at the outside restaurant whilst watching the sunset.