A trip to Gallipoli
Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
104Trip End Jun 05, 2008
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Our first stop of many was at Brighton Beach, the place where the ANZAC's were meant to land (its an easier landing and not as cliffy) and Hells Spit then we stopped at ANZAC Cove. Its so small and its very hard to imagine how they landed and set up camp.. The beach was much wider back then but its still practically a sheer cliff above and the Turks were sitting and waiting
We then moved up the coast to the ANZAC Commemorative site - they have shifted the dawn service site to a place down the road from ANZAC Cove to keep up with the demand of people who attend. It was a great idea coming down before i go to the dawn service as there is no-one here.! They have set up the seats for 25th April already and I am looking forward to being there for it. Next stop was the Anburnu cemetery to check out more graves then we headed up the hill to Lone Pine - another important site for Aussies. Its called Lone Pine because there is only 1 tree here and its seed came from a tree that once stood here during battle times. We all signed the book thats in the memorial then looked at a few of the graves (soldiers were so very very young) and checked out the view down the peninsula.
Just down the road a little are actual trenches - not made with wood but the contours of the land... hard to picture the soldiers huddled down fighting the men in other trenches literally across the road. We were told at some points the opposing trenches were only a few metres apart. Johnston's Jolly cemetery is across the road with many of the graves written 'believed to be buried in this cemetery'. Next stop was the Turkish memorial - a whole lot more graves of very young soldiers, one tablet in particular quite moving - they found the bodies of an English and a Turkish soldier in a hug and they decided to keep them together the way they had been found
By now we were done so we made our way down the mountain so we could catch the 6pm ferry across to Canakkale where we would stay the night - a quick 1/2 hr ride. We hopped off and I checked into my Hostel @ ANZAC House. I had a 5 berth room all to myself which was pretty good! I dumped my stuff and went for a walk along the foreshore & saw the actual horse that was used in the movie Troy starring Bana & Pitt... I took some pics of this and the nearby harbour then made my way back to the hostel. I thought i met up with some people on my trip but ended up gatecrashing another group... The leader didn't mind so we went for dinner at one of the harbourside restaurants then i headed back to the hostel for the screening of the Gallipoli movie... Having seen where it all took place it was really hard to watch and i admit i totally bawled at the end.... I crashed not long after in my nice quiet bunk...!