More Elvis and a backpacker zone...
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
151Trip End Mar 19, 2009
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On arrival in Istanbul it was pleasant not to be hassled and everything worked like clockwork. Something nice about that. We caught the Metra in to Sultanhamet, walkżng past the famous Blue Mosque we headed to the backpacker area of town and after some negotiation with a fiery Turk had a room. Next stop Beer! Turns out after some careful planning of the next couple of weeks the beer took over and we met a few people and you know how the story goes..
The next day we took some time to book our train tickets and our Gallipoli trip and generally chilled out. We took a ferry on Istanbul's substantial harbour and milled around the streets. Elvis continued to play his tune during the day.
Next morning we were up bright and early for our trip to Gallipolli. İts a five hour bus ride down so we didn't get there until around 1pm. We were fed and then on our way to the Peninsular. We visited two beach graveyards, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine (Australia's Memorial, NZs Memorial, The neck, a Turkish Memorial, and saw some replicas of the trenches and the communications tunnels. This was an amasing tour and not being a history buff › (Leonie) really enjoyed learning about it all and will now be a little less ignorant on Anzac Day of the atrocities of 25th April 1915. It was a truly moving day. The whole peninsular us basically a memorial to all the soldiers that fought in that war. That night we stayed nearby and headed out with a group from the tour. We caught a public bus back to İstanbul.
So today we got up early and had a lovely breakfast. We took our tıme through the Palace today and saw some fıne jewels and the Haram
We leave tomorrow night on an overnight train to Veliko Tarnavo in Bulgaria.
Oh, and the Elvis thing? Muslim countries have a call to prayer which is belted out of all the mosques around 5 times a day. We have nicknamed it Elvis... :-)