Turkey

Turkey

Curious what backpackers do in Turkey? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

173 travelers at this place:

Get the app!

Post offline and never miss updates of friends with our free app.

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

New to FindPenguins?

Sign up free

  • Day7

    Mittlerweile werden die Tage durch einen sehr angenehmen Rhythmus bestimmt. Leider regnet es heute Vormittag ( voraussichtlich aber nur bis 12.00 Uhr ) und so verzichte ich auf den liebgewonnen Morgenspaziergang und bleibe im Gästehaus - die Reisetasche muß eh noch für den morgigen Heimflug gepackt werden. Gerade stelle ich mir vor, wie denn so ein typischer Vormittag in Istanbul mit Jessi ausgesehen hätte. Natürlich ist das nur eine fiktive Geschichte - jede Ähnlichkeit mit lebenden oder blablabla etc! Zur Jahreszeit passend.....eine "Orientalische Weihnachtsgeschichte":
    Es sind schon knapp drei Stunden vergangen, seit der Imam zum Morgengebet aufgerufen hat. Kurz vor 9.00 Uhr sitze ich am Frühstückstisch und blicke auf den Bosporus. Es ist heute sehr windig und mit weißer Gischt schlagen die Wellen der Meerenge an die Ufer. "Morgii" höre ich es plötzlich neben mir - ein kleines Wunder, Jessi ist tatsächlich schon wach - das hätte ich nicht erwartet! Obwohl, wach ist die falsche Beschreibung - anwesend passt da schon besser - der Gesichtsausdruck meiner Tochter sagt eher Nachtii! "Na du, gut geschlafen"? antworte ich - "Mogsch mr, kannsch net zeigä"? Unser übliches Vater / Tochter Geplapper welches eh niemand versteht, der uns nicht kennt. Es wird Zeit, die Kommunikation für's Erste einzustellen - Jessis genervter Gesichtsausdruck macht dies unmißverständlich klar. Der Aufbruch zum geplanten Spaziergang inklusive Shopping auf dem "Ägyptischen Basar" wird sich, so meine Erschätzing um kurz nach 9.30 Uhr, auf jeden Fall verzögern - es stehen noch wichtige Geschäfte / Bedürfnisse an, die erst vollzogen werden müssen. Jeden Morgen das gleiche Prozedere - inklusiver erfolgreicher Vollzugsmeldung! Wie im Kindergarten - ich werde noch wahnsinnig! Fast nicht zu glauben, aber eine Stunde später sind wir dann doch unterwegs. Ich leite Jessica beschwichtigend am "Askana Basar", gleich beim Gästehaus um die Ecke liegend vorbei, lenke dabei erfolgreich mit meinem Halbwissen über die "Sultanahmet-Moschee" von etwaigen Kaufinteressen ab und dränge sie an dem Prachtbau vor uns liegend, geschickt nach rechts in Richtung "Hagia Sophia". Auf den nächsten 500 Meter die vor uns liegen drohen keine weiteren Verzögerungen, da höchsten mal ein Kastanien- oder Maiskolben-Verkäufer den Weg kreuzt. Als ich den Simmitverkäufer, der sich sehr geschickt hinter einem Kastanienwagen platziert hat entdecke, ist es schon zu spät! "Daaaaad" tönt es von rechts - "Schmeckiii"! OK denke ich mir, ein Sesamkringel passt immer und kaufe gleich zwei davon. Es geht weiter, jetzt sind Konzentration und Taktik angesagt - vor uns liegt die "gefährliche" Strecke in Richtung Fähranleger "Eminömü" - dort sind jede Menge Krimskrams Läden mit Blödsinn im Sale zu finden. Sorry, aber dazu fehlt mir heute die Geduld! Ich versuche mit geschickter Rhetorik Jessica eine "Abkürzung" schmackhaft zu machen. Sie trottet mir hinterher, aber ich glaube, daß sie den Trick bemerkt hat. Egal, noch einen Kilometer bis zum Ziel - wir liegen ganz gut in der Zeit und haben noch nichts eingekauft. Ganz klar ein erster Etappensieg für mich, aber die Schlacht ist noch nicht gewonnen. Um die nächste Ecke dann ein herber Rückschlag, der viel Zeit kosten wird! "Daaaaad" tönt es wieder hinter mir "Gaiiil....Megges...Schmeckii"! Ich kapituliere - gegen Mac Donalds, bzw. Mac Cafe habe ich keinerlei Chancen, das hat sich dieses Frühjahr schon deutlich in Rom gezeigt. Selbstverständlich wird vor dem Kauf des beliebten Heissgetränks noch intensiv die Toilette des Schnellrestaurants genutzt - im Anschluss daran natürlich mit der gewohnt, erfolgreichen Vollzugsmeldung! Wenig später haben wir dann tatsächlich den "Gewürzbasar" erreicht. Es ist 12.35 Uhr - endlich am Ziel - obwohl, der Wahnsinn beginnt ja erst! Mal sehen wer nach dem sicherlich erfolgreichen Einkaufsevent, die meistens der "Schätze" zurück zum Gästehaus tragen darf?! Ich höre es schon wieder schallen: "Daaaaad"!
    Read more

  • Day6

    Die selektiven "Fast Food News" mit denen wir in Deutschland fast täglich versorgt werden, sind mir schon seit langen Jahren zu wider. Immer wieder negativ, überraschen mich die vielen "gut" informierten deutschen Mitbürger, die ihre vorgefassten Meinungen aus den beinahe schon manipulativ wirkenden Nachrichtensendungen "liebevoll" hegen und pflegen. Anstatt sich um eine persönliche Sicht der Dinge zu bemühen, zu hinterfragen, eine eigene Meinungsbildung anzustreben oder eigene Erfahrungen zu sammeln, wird oft zu gerne der vorgesetzte Nachrichtenbrei begierig konsumiert. Allein dieses Jahr, wurde ich unzählige Male aus meinem Bekanntenkreis darauf angesprochen, warum ich denn in derartige "Krisengebiete" wie z.B. die Türkei reisen würde. Meine darauf gestellte Gegenfrage, wann der- oder diejenige denn das letzte Mal z.B. in der Türkei waren, hatte immer die gleiche Antwort zur Folge: "Noch nie"! Na dann liebe Leute, wisst ihr ja ganz genau wie es dort so ist - vorgefasste Ansichten sind für viele Menschen prima, sie sind bequem! Meine Meinungen sind natürlich auch nur subjektiv - ich erhebe keinen Anspruch darauf, daß sie richtig sind, aber sie stehen auf einem stabilen Fundament eigener, über viele Jahre selbst gesammelter Erfahrungen. Wenn mir jemand oder etwas interessant erscheint, bemühe ich mich grundsätzlich um eine neutrale Herangehensweise und versuche dabei verschiedene Perspektiven zu berücksichtigen. Sich der Person oder dem Objekt der Überlegung vorurteilsfrei zu nähern ist ganz bestimmt nicht immer einfach - aber es lohnt sich sehr oft! Wenn ich mir in Erinnerung rufe, wie negativ die Türkei ( vor allem Istanbul ), auch als Reiseziel, in den deutschen Medien dargestellt wird, kann ich nur berichten, daß hier vor Ort alles entspannt wirkt. Auffällig ist höchstens die große Polizeipräsenz, aber an diesen Anblick hat man sich ja mittlerweile auch in Deutschland gewöhnen müssen. Wie hatte letztens ein Radionachrichtensprecher die Erklärung eines Mitarbeiters des Auswärtigen Amts in Bezug auf Weihnachtsmarktbesuche wiedergegeben: "Deutschland befindet sich in einer abstrakt hohen Gefährdungslage"! "Es besteht deshalb kein Grund zur Besorgnis, aber man müsse trotzdem mit stärkeren Kontrollen und mehr Polizei in der Öffentlichkeit rechnen"! - was für ein widersprüchliches Geplapper! Mittlerweile kann doch gefühlt überall etwas passieren! Aus diesem Grund habe ich für entschieden, ohne Angst zu sein und bewege mich auch hier völlig entspannt in den Straßen und Basaren - wie übrigens die 15 Millionen Einwohner der Metropole auch! Täglich erwarten mich spannende Eindrücken und Begegnungen mit gastfreundlichen Menschen. So auch Heute: vormittags Spaziergang über die Galata-Brücke und die beiden großen Basare - am Mittag eine kurze Einkehr beim "Bohnensuppenkoch" meines Vertrauens und Kaffeepause auf der Dachterrasse vom "Marmara Guesthouse" - nachmittags Stöbern in den Aussenbezirken des "Gewürzbasars" und Teepause im Park an der "Hagia Sophia". Ein rundum gelungener Urlaubstag!Read more

  • Day8

    Gestern Abend hatte ich mich noch einmal für zwei Stunden mit Orcun ( diesmal zum Dinner ) getroffen. Das sich der Mathematiklehrer dafür überhaupt Zeit nehmen konnte, hatte mich überrascht und sehr gefreut. Orcun hat in den Wintermonaten "Hochsaison" und gibt nebenbei nahezu jedes Wochende Nachhilfeunterricht bis in die Abende hinein - umso mehr ein herzliches Dankeschön!
    Seit 30 Minuten bereits, ist die Maschine von "Turkish Airlines" nach einem pünktlichen Start vom "Atatürk International Airport" in der Luft. Der Start erfolgte bei ruhigem, sonnigen Wetter, aber gerade durchfliegen wir ein Gebiet mit heftigen Turbulenzen - sicherlich Teile der Schlechtwetterfront, die Gestern unwetterartig mit viel Schnee über Mitteleuropa hinweggezogen ist. Selbst in knapp 11.000 Meter Flughöhe, ist der sonst stahlblaue Himmel ganz grau - solche Turbulenzen braucht niemand!
    Mein Feedback für die Woche am Bosporus und das "Marmara Guesthouse" fällt durchweg positiv aus - Istanbul..., wir werden uns bestimmt bald wiedersehen!
    Mittlerweile befindet sich der Airbus 320 / 200 über München und wird in wenigen Minuten mit dem Landeanflug für Stuttgart beginnen - weiterhin bei heftigen Turbulenzen!
    Read more

  • Day6

    Today we visited the beautiful Topkapi Palace, built in the 15th Century. We spent the morning taking lots of photos as the location is stunning; perched on a hilltop overlooking both the Asian & European continents & the Bosphorus River. In addition, the palace buildings & grounds were exquisite and meticulously maintained. It was Instagram gold!
    Lunch was organised for us in the same precinct & involved a private showing of handmade rugs & the silk rug making process. Of course, then came the hard sell - only this time we were prepared! 😁
    The next stop was the Turkish Military Museum before we headed to the Grand Bazaar - & boy was it grand! 5000 stores; 19 entrances & 22 exits - it was a maze you could get lost in for days!
    Read more

  • Day5

    We arrived in Turkey from Singapore at 5.20am, with a flight time of just under 11 hours. There was approximately 90 of us (Australian Light Horse Assn. members) on the flight - a really diverse bunch with ages ranging from 8-90! The rest of the ALHA group (approx. 90 more) will connect with us in Israel in a week or so.
    Once we had cleared customs & collected our bags, the group was split into three & we were allocated to Bus 2 with Kelvin Crombie; historian, guide & author (amongst many other talents).
    We were on the road by 7.30am, with our first stop being the famed Spice Markets where we were swindled out of an obscene amount of money for authentic turkish delight, tea & spices! It is here that we learnt a number of valuable lessons, best summarised by the Penguins of Madagascar "just smile & wave boys; smile & wave" 😁. Needless to say we will be enjoying authentic turkish tea & delights for the next 6 months!
    With our wallets markedly lighter, we were back on the bus & heading to the ancient Hippodrome, home of the beautiful Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia. The photo opportunities, architecture & history here were incredible! After lunch we boarded a boat that took us on a two hour cruise on the mighty Bosphorous River where we learnt so much about this ancient & diverse city.
    We were well & truly ready for a shower & a good night sleep by the time the cruise finished. Thankfully, our accommodation (Akgun Hotel) in the old part of the city had both bases covered.
    Sitting in bed reflecting on our first impressions of Istanbul, the word that keeps popping up is Wow! It is an incredible city of approximately 20 million people spanning two continents - Europe & Asia! Essentially, the centre of the world, quite literally, for Millenia. It is nothing like what we are used to at home in Australia - in every way, both good & bad. We found survival instincts we never knew we had (or needed) - they kick in pretty quickly, as it is an "eat, or be eaten" way of living.
    We witnessed everything on extreme ends of the spectrum - poverty & wealth; humankind at its best & worst; ancient architecture & relics alongside contemporary & modern structures - even a Synagogue, Mosque & Church built alongside of each other & sharing the same common wall! We fell asleep thinking about how blessed we are to have been raised & live in a country as wonderful as ours.
    Read more

  • Day8

    Today we explored the Gallipoli region further, including visiting the British, French & Irish memorial sites at Cape Helles & V Beach.
    We learnt so much about this region & its significance in history, including the roles of all countries involved. The blood shed & lives lost is incomprehensible.
    We had little knowledge of the fact that the British/Irish & French forces suffered even greater losses than our own on 25th April 1915 at V Beach (located on the opposite side of the Gallipoli Peninsula from ANZAC Cove), where they were slaughtered after disembarking from the SS River Clyde. Historical recounts of the day indicate that it was an absolute bloodbath with the water at the beach turning red with the blood shed there.
    Again, a very moving & educational day.
    We made the 4 hour journey back to Istanbul, stopping on the way for a late lunch at the little fishing village of Gallipoli (Gelibolu)! We enjoyed a delicious & traditional fish sandwich (fried sardine) before treating ourselves to a turkish coffee & baklava in a gorgeous cafe/patisserie.
    We are off to bed early tonight (back at Akgun Hotel), as we will be up at 3am tomorrow in order to catch our flight to Cairo.
    We might be a bit quiet for the next 4 days or so as we will only be accessing WiFi in Egypt & Jordan due to the data roaming being limited (& extremely expensive) in these countries.
    Read more

  • Day7

    We drove 4 hours from Istanbul to Gallipoli today. We stopped for lunch just outside Eceabat, a small town overlooking the Dardanelles Strait, before heading to Gallipoli.
    Approximately 75% of our group were in full WWI Light Horse ceremonial dress, as we had a number of wreath laying ceremonies scheduled with the Australian Consulate Military Attache & Turkish Officials. We visited ANZAC Cove, Shrapnel Valley & Hell Spit before laying wreathes at Lone Pine; Turkish 57th Memorial Park; The Nek; & Chunuk Bair.
    The work done by the Turkish Government to preserve & maintain the National Park, monuments & the Gallipoli Peninsula in general, is nothing short of incredible. Everywhere we went, the Turkish people welcomed us with open arms & wanted to shake our hands & take photos with us.
    It was a very moving day, & the trip back to Eceabat, where we caught a ferry to Canakkale, allowed us to reflect on what those brave young men went through in order to secure our freedom.
    Interestingly, there was a great display that we explored at Eceabat, on the waterfront - it has a life size model of the trenches, as well as a 3D walkthrough map of the Gallipoli Peninsula which gave a really good birds eye view of the battleground & region. Well worth a visit if you are in the region.
    We spent the night in Cannakale (Iris Hotel) in preparation for exploring the region further tomorrow.
    Read more

  • Day196

    Ew yucky early morning - we heard rustling down stairs at around 5:30 and didn't think anything of it... we went to leave at 6:30 and the worker man was like don't leave without breakfast, it's ready"
    Ahhh shit. We felt so bad but we had to leave. Hope he wasn't too put out.
    We drove for 1.5 hours before hitting the traffic.
    What caused the traffic? PUTTING ROUND ABOUTS ON A HIGHWAY 😡😡😡😡😡😡

    We stopped to refill the car all the way - $30 for a quarter tank 😒😒😒

    It took another hour to go maybe 4km but we finally got there. As we are sitting in traffic Will mentions he scratched the hubcap.... don't know why he hadn't previously mentioned it... 🤦🏼‍♀️
    didn't matter though because they didn't record it when we dropped the car off woohoo!
    Everything went really smoothly from then on.
    We got breakfast then checked in, went through all the different customs and found our gate.

    The big dilemma of the day was I hadn't bought a Romanian magnet yet. I had to break the bank to get one.... 7€!!!!!! For a little wood thing. Appalled!
    I do love it though..

    We exchanged our Moldovan money over to Romanian - in Moldovan it was worth $18 - we got given $10...
    then my airport salad cost about $8
    Seems reasonable...

    We boarded with no issues and had no issues on the plane despite it being an unknown airline (Pegasus airlines) - because it wasn't a full flight we got exit row snd the seat between us was free :)

    I read on the plane - it only took an hour to arrive.
    Can't believe it - Turkish customs were the best ones yet - they didn't need my e-visa because my passport activated it on their systems, they checked my photo and stamped me - no silly game of 20 questions.
    Also super excited that their stamp is a red circle - I'm over European black rectangles lol.

    Whats more Wills bag was first out and mine not far behind - THEN we walked though the exit and our name was straight in front of us on a sign - easy peasy! Why isn't it always like this😒

    The dude led us to where we got a private bus to pick us up. Traffic was dreadful so it took over an hour to reach the hostel. Istanbul by the water looks so gorgeous 😍
    Its wayyyyyyy greener than we both thought! They take some serious pride in their gardening! There were heaps of gardens that had been cut into displays. When leaving the airport there was a hedge in the shape of an airplane which was cool.
    The grass is immaculate.

    Lots of mosques everywhere but they already shit on Moroccos.

    Made it to our hostel - front door service - we tipped the driver $5 cause we went to pay him the whole amount and he was honest and tried to communicate he only takes the tip not the money. So for his honesty and because the awkward word tip had been uttered... we tipped lol.

    Our dorm is awesome! Really spacious and all beds have a power socket and curtain for a touch of privacy.

    We were starving so we went out and got kebabs only they weren't kebabs... they were the kebab ingredients on a plate ... not made up.
    It was shit to eat with a knife and fork :/

    Turkish exchange is just as hard to do as Romanian. 10 Turkish is $3.50
    My brain just rejects the math.
    It would be fine if things were 10 or 100 lira but it's always a stupid number like 73 or something.

    We walked past the blue mosque but are going to investigate properly tomorrow.

    We are both buggered. We went out for dinner and Turkish tea.
    Very excited to have Turkish delight in the coming days 🤗

    Will wasnt feeling good so he left me at the resturant to pay and ran back to the hostel which was close by.
    Inner him back there and he still has a sad tummy :(

    In bed. Keen for sleeeeep!!!

    Forgot to mention because I suppose it's a given.... the Romanians can't drive. I've uploaded a picture we took on the highway - they do a great job at using their lanes.... bloody hell.

    I actually feel very safe in Turkey. I know anything can happen at any time but in saying that, it can happen anywhere.
    Read more

  • Day197

    Slept in 🙌🏼
    They are quite comfortable beds. People were so loud In the morning though.

    We packed up all our dirty washing and stuffed it into a bag. We chucked out our toothbrushes holders because they smelt like mould and we spent 10 minutes looking for our locker key which Will lost but it was on his bed the whole time...
    then we left...

    Dropped off the washing at a laundromat around the corner - luckily it went of weight and not clothing items.

    We then stopped in for kebabs for breakfast lol
    We made sure we bought the wrapped version today haha it was ok but very basic. Australia is kicking ass in the kebab department.

    We headed towards the blue mosque. We got pretty far in just as it because time to call for prayer. We have had to leave and it will reopen in 45 mins.
    So we have gone walking. Currently sitting on a park bench at a lovely park full of animals. I think they treat the strays quite well here. I've notice a few provided with food and non have looked like they were on deaths door.
    On our travels we walked through the markets ( not sure if it's there main bazaar or not. It surely isn't - it was only one street?)
    We popped into a sweet shop and I bought some Turkish delight 😍😍😍
    I've sampled 2 already and they are delicious. I don't think my sample box has a rose flavored one which I'm pretty cut over 😖

    Hung around in the park for a while then went back to the mosque. They offer free covering clothes for women so they gave me a skirt and head scarf.
    I thought that was pretty good of them.
    In we went - so you go through the entry to like te internal bit but not the prayer section - I liked this bit, very nice Turkey 👍🏼
    We then had to line up and take our shoes off. I could smell my feet but I suppose because everyone had removed shoes they can't possible know it was my feet they were smelling 😓 inside was beautiful but I do avtually think I prefer the one in Abu Dhabi.
    I was also expecting more blue. Yes it was blue - ish but not BAM.
    The stain glass was awesome and the carpet under my feet felt friendly :) heh.
    The front section visitors couldn't enter.
    We stood and looked for a bit then left. Nothing too exciting - still great to see.

    We walked up the street and Will uttered some magical words " I feel like ice cream" 🤗🤗🤗 ok ok you twisted my arm we can get ice cream. 🙊🙊🙊

    We found a man in traditional attire- he did the proper ice cream show we had heard about so we tipped him. Basically the ice cream is extra sticky and he does tricks with the cones as well.

    The ice cream was great. Expensive but great. but hey, we had a good show and another ticked off experience.

    We turned around and went to collect our washing but realised not enough time had passed so we went to the hostel and organised a Gallipoli tour for tomorrow. We also put our name down for a hostel BBQ tonight.
    Will has a cold so he is grumpy lol.
    Went to collect the washing and it's all so beautifully folded woo!

    Oh my so embarrassing !!!! I was talking to Will and being jokingly dramatic about something and it turns out the dorm wasn't empty like I thought it was. She must think I'm crazy hahahaha
    He knows I was just being funny but she won't 😓 hahahah

    Will is having a rest so I'm just chilling for the moment 🤙🏽

    We went upstairs to the terrace at 7 when dinner was suppose to be served but the chef bailed... there was very frantic man trying to organise everything. 1.5 hours later we got served pasta and vegetable curry thing. It was really nice but don't know why it took so long... we were starving! All we ate today was the smell kebab for breakfast and an ice cream scoop.

    It was a really uncomfortable wait because the table fotted everyone but us... so we were just sitting to the side like dicks. 😓

    I showered which I hate doing in hostels because it's so difficult getting dressed while wearing wet thongs.
    Read more

  • Day198

    The bus came to get us at 6:30/7. We picked up a few more people from places before we headed to Gallipoli. I was so tired I fell asleep quickly. We had a pit stop where we had "breakfast" which meant a packet of chips/gozleme because we didn't stay long enough to order anything substantial. I then slept on the second leg of the trip too woo! It took about 5 hours to get there.
    Before our tours we first had lunch. Lentil soup, a meat combo then a piece of fruit.
    Andddd off we went!

    Our guide was great - very clear English and he repeated things many times in different ways to make sure he was understood.
    Our first stop was brightmans bay - where the ANZACS were suppose to land. He took us to a map and went over both sides strategies pointing out differences places, advantages/disadvantages, landing sights, troop placements etc. he explained to us why Turkey had chosen the German side - essentially England didn't give them back 2 of there war ships which upset them then Germany approached with a good offer. He explained the German - Hungarian - Austrian placement and how Russia had asked the allies for help which is why Turkey was attacked - it has a direct route to Russia if penetrated.

    He made sure we took in the type of terrain at brightmans bays so we could compare to Anzac cove. He gave us 15 mins to walk around. The water looked flawless.

    We went up the road only maybe 1km to Anzac cove and the difference in terrain was astronomical. It was now Cliffs and hills.
    It was a smaller area than I invisoned.
    He told us all about the landing and how the first Anzacs got maybe 1km up but then Turkish re-enforcements arrived and pushed us back. We never got further than we did on the first night. We equaled it one other time but never beat it.

    Next we went to where they hold the Gallipoli memorial. Here was the only truce ever called when 3000 dead Turkish soldiers had been laying out on the fields for 5 days. A blinded Turkish solider came and negotiated a temporary truce so they could all clear and bury the bodies.

    There is a rock face near by soldiers called the spynx because it reminded them of Egypt which is where they did their training. I could see the resemblance.

    We then went to the Ari Burnu cemetery.

    We then got out to look at a statue of a Turkish soldier carrying an Anzac to get him help.
    Not real enemies - both sides where just following orders.

    Next was lone pine cemetery. It has its name because only one tree grew there. Amazingly enough a solider sent a pine cone from the tree home in 1915. In 1990 a seed was used from the same cone to grow a new tree at lone pine which I think is really special. A sort of relative tree. It's not in the centre where a representative tree already stands but off to the side near the entrance.

    Gee Golly Wiz it was so hot! We found shade and heard about the battle at lone pine. It was basically a blood bath. Many many many many soldiers died between 6-9 August 1915.

    The youngest Australian solider was a boy called James Martin - he was only 14. He doesn't have a grave but his name on the wall. Location unknown.

    The graves were simple and some had lovely words - others plain. I must say one was in the stupidest position I nearly fell over it. I don't know why it was there - my first photo upload - I was just walking along reading names then BAM a grave.
    Most of the messages on the graves where religious.
    We had 20 minutes here.

    We then went to Johnstons Jolly which is Anzac and Turkish trenches very close to each other. The whole situation was pointless and had very little action. The soldiers on both sides use to talk and poke fun at the other - even swap food/cigarettes by throwing it over. Johnston was apparently the lead Kiwi who lead the area and was into the joking.

    We then went to the main Turkish cemetery which is where we ran into a lot of school children.
    No Turks are actually buried there - they are in a mass grave near by. The cemetery is for regiment 57 out of respect because they were not commanded to fight but to die and showed great courage. Their commander was Mustafa Kemal who became the founder and first president modern day Turkey. In 1915 it was still the Ottoman Empire.

    We then went to the Nek - the cemetery is under renervation but we were still able to hear what happened there.
    Four waves of 150 Anzac men were stopped dead by the turks. We suffered nearly 400 deaths in an hour.
    We saw more trenches that still had Barbed wire attachments.

    As we were driving higher the views were stunning over the water.

    We then went to the main New Zealand memorial and to be honest if I was kiwi I'd feel ripped off. No names just a concrete slab with a massive statue of Mustafa Kemal and 15 Turkish flags.
    I didn't like it.

    This was the furthest point the Anzacs ever got.

    I had a lot of information thrown at me today and it was a challenge connecting all the dots but I think our guide did a great job doing that.

    Our group was 7 Aussies and 1 Kiwi.

    We then Drove back to our tours office and we had 30 mins before our bus left to go back to Istanbul so we had time to check out a little open air display nearby.
    I actually really liked it. The first one was statues in trenches shooting at each other and the other was a map of turkey that you walked around to better understand the positioning of everything.

    We then sat out side and I made 3 dog friends.
    I finally asked why the chips in their ears mean. It means they are stray but they have been looked after so vaccination and desexed. Macedonia did a similar thing.
    1 dog had a clip and 2 didn't. One of the poor babies was so skinny. He was so happy and energetic trying to play with the other dogs but his ribs were so obvious.
    I only had chocolate so I couldn't feed him :(

    Back on the bus now. We changed buses so it's bigger and we get 2 seats each. I've had a good solid nap.
    1 more hour until we should be back In Istanbul.

    Arrived back safely. Keen for bed - a long but fantastic day!
    Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Turkey, Türkei, Turkey, Turkye, Tɛɛki, ቱርክ, Turquía, تركيا, ܛܘܪܩܝܐ, Türkiya, Турцыя, Турция, Turiki, তুরস্ক, ཏུརཀི།, Turkia, Turska, Turquia, Turecko, Турци, Twrci, Tyrkiet, Tırkiya, Tɛki nutome, Τουρκία, Turkujo, Türgi, ترکیه, Turkii, Turkki, Turkaland, Turquie, Turkije, An Tuirc, તુર્કસ્તાન, Turkiyya, תורכיה, तुर्की, Turkowska, Törökország, Թուրքիա, Turchia, Tyrkland, トルコ共和国, თურქეთი, Uturuki, Түркия, Tyrkia, ទួរគី, ಟರ್ಕಿ, 터키, तुर्किये, تورکیا, Turki, Turcia, Tierkei, Ttake, Törkieë, Tiliki, ຕຸນກີ, Turkija, Tuluki, Turcija, Torkia, Турција, തുര്‍ക്കി, တူရကီ, Thekhi, Törkie, टर्की, Turtchie, Turkanmua, ତୁର୍କୀ, Турк, Turkiya, Turkie, Turcja, Turkya, Tirchia, Turukiya, Turchìa, Durka, Turukïi, තුර්කිය, Turčija, Turkiga, Turqia, Турска, Turkiet, துருக்கி, టర్కీ, ประเทศตุรกี, Türkiýe, Toake, Türkiye, Төркия, تۈركىيە جۇمھۇرىيىتى, Туреччина, ترکی, Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ, Türkän, טערקיי, Orílẹ́ède Tọọki, 土耳其, i-Turkey

Sign up now