Visit to Turkey May 2011
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Gallipoli - Day 5, Friday 6th May
We started from the hotel early (7.45am) to drive down the Gallipoli peninsular to visit the battlefield monuments from the WW1 campaign.
The roads were a mixture - often 4 lane or dual carriage but mainly very bumpy or rough. We stopped for lunch at a roadside service station, although Edwin was feeling rather delicate after a bout of travel sickness. Levent's Turkish remedy was black Turkish coffee with lemon. Foul tasting but it seemed to settle the tummy.
There are several WW1 monuments on the peninsular. We visited an Anzac memorial and cemetery.
Next we visited a Turkish memorial with a giant statue of Ataturk. There were several coaches of tourists and Turkish children school parties.
We had to drive a long way further down to the tip of the peninsular to find the British memorial, known as the 'lonely memorial'.
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We made our way to the ferry at Eceabat for crossing of the Dardanelles Strait to find our hotel near Canakkale.
The ferry was very crowded Forts both sides at Kalitbahir & Cimenlik Kalesi enabled the defenders to close the straits with a massive chain.
The Tusan Hotel Canakkale was pleasant though old fashioned. The pool looked inviting but we were off early next day to visit the ancient site of Troy.