Wednesday 7 October
This morning we took the car ferry across the Dardanelles ( the strait of water between Canakkale and the Gallipoli peninsula) for our Gallipoli experience. It was a moving experience to be where so many ANZACs had died and also to hear the stories about some of the more personal interactions between the ANZACs and the Turkish soldiers. We visited Ari Burnu ( the first ANZAC landing place), Brighton Beach, the beach cemetery with John Simpson’s grave, ANZAC cove, the Lone Pine Australian memorial and Johnston’s Jolly where the Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels are still apparent.
After Gallipoli, we went to Bigali which is where Ataturk’s house has been maintained as a museum.