Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
Trip End Nov 15, 2007

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Anzac Cove

The 5am call to prayer from the mosque woke us as we were unused to it. It was a small reminder of our own need to give thanks for our lives and blessings.

We were packed away again by 9am when the family was just rising. Hikmet tried to persuade us to stay longer on their camp site and share a swim with them too, but, although this was a very tempting offer, as it is very hot in Turkey, we were so close to Canakkale and Anzac Cove, that we had to give our apologies and move on.

We caught the ferry to Canakkale (a 40 minute trip costing 19 Turkish Lire. The change over rate to Australia Dollars is about equal) then called in at a service station to buy a map and to ask for directions to Anzac Cove. A customer was willing to drive in front of us to towards the dock to catch another ferry to Eceabat. Another friendly and kind Turk. It turned out we could have driven from Gallipoli to Eceabat overland, but I made a mistake, not the first one. From Eceabat it was an easy drive to the National Park, now a huge memorial to the war of 1915.

It was distressing to see the gravesites of so many very young soldiers at Lone Pine Cemetery. Even though the conflict was almost 100 years ago, I couldn't help feeling that the boys sent into battle at, what is now Anzac Cove, really had no chance of success and defeat was certain from the start. The Turkish army was so well entrenched in the mountains all around, it was no wonder the casualties were so high.

We camped on the beach near Anzac Cove
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