Sep 20, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Next onto the town of Gelibolu (Gallipoli) for an amazing lunch by the water and then our 5 hour drive to Istanbul with 17 million people.
Today was a day of remembrance. I have always wanted to visit Anzac Cove and it was as special as I expected. We first stopped at the beach cemetry where Simpson's Grave is located.It was amazing to listen to Mehmet talk about the campaign and to realise the bond forged between nations and to hear him say "Your grandfathers are our guests". We then drove a little further to the entrance to Anzac Cove where there is a huge sandstone plaque where Ataturk -Commander of the Turkish Forces - wrote a dedication to the fallen soldiers who are now at rest in their second homeland. It was quite moving. We saw the landing site where the beach was 4 metres wide, 800 metres long with 8,000 soldiers on it. Mehmet said in any given square metre there were 6,000 bullet shells. We spent a long time reading the information and surveying the terrain. We then drove to Lone Pine Cemetry where the iconic lone pine tree stands. We saw the statue of Mehmet carrying the injured John to the Turkish first aid which epitomises the bond that developed. Then up to The Nek and to the trenches that still exist there.It was an amazing experience.