Paying our respects at Anzac Cove

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Canakkale,
Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 15 (morning)

Temperature: 12 degrees                                     
Weather:  sunny but cool                

This morning, we left the hotel quite early, like 7:15am since we had a long ride ahead of us.  A ferry boat was taken a short while later where the Dardanelles Straits was crossed way up to the city of Eceabat.   From the boat, Daghan pointed in the direction of the shore where we could see a Trojan Wooden Horse, the authentic one from the 2004 film Troy and donated to the city of Canakkale!

It was cool and windy as Michel and I wandered around the entire decks of the ferry boat from top to bottom.  I was glad to see that it wasn't that crowded because it allowed me to explore and enjoy more the ride.

Back on dry land, we were driven along a picturesque route way up to the Gallipoli Peninsula where we learned that right here scenes of fierce fighting took place during World War I.   A stop was then made at Anzac Cove where we paid our respects to all the fallen soldiers who died fighting for their causes, many of them so young!  Their small headstones stood peacefully facing the sea where under the sun’s warmth beautiful flowers grew around them.

The Lone Pine Cemetery was then visited where once again, the area was very emotional.  Walking to the very top of a hill, a beautiful view of the entire sea in front of us could be seen.  It was hard to believe that in this exact area, so many soldiers had died, a reality of war. 

We wandered around the area where log-covered trenches gave us clues of the fighting that took place back then.   I now understood why it was called "The Lone Pine Cemetery".  We were surrounded by so many beautiful pine trees but in a way, a very lonesome area!    


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