I don't think Gallipoli needs any introduction for us Australians, it is almost our Mecca, and is a big part of our identity as a nation. The Gallipoli peninsula is basically broken up into two main areas of interest. The northern area is centred around ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine where the ANZACs famously fought their battles. The southern area, near the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula, was where the British and French forces tried to make their advance in to Turkish soil, and was where the sea battle on the Dardanelles was focused prior to the ANZAC advancement.Read More
The next leg of our Turkey adventure was a short but romantic stay in Behramkale harbour just next to the ancient city of Assos.Read More
Our last two days were spent sipping fruity wine in Sirince in the hills near Selcuk, swimming in the pool in our accommodation at Natureland Efes Pension (amazing place!) and visiting the ancient city of Ephesus. There were a couple of other quick visits to the house of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John thrown in also to get our full compliment of historical and biblical experiences.Read More
Hoscakal (Goodbye) Datca, merhaba (hello) Selcuk. We've now left Datca after spending the last two days on the Datca peninsula. Datca is a quaint little fishing town on a remote peninsula where the Agean and Mediterranean Seas meet. Knidos, an Ancient Greek city that dates back to 4th century B.C., lies at the tip of the peninsula.Read More
The Oludeniz leg of our Turkey journey is now over. We spent the last 4 days in Oludeniz, with Sunday being our friends wedding, and the rest of the time mostly just catching up with friends (who were there for our friends wedding also) and relaxing by the beach or pool. I did manage to capture some images of the beautiful beach and sunsets of Oludeniz though, and we also squeezed in a small excursion to Saklikent Gorge.
So our time at Istanbul has come to an end unfortunately. When we first arrived we were a little overwhelmed, more with the heat than anything i think after coming from our winter. We soon acclimatised though and fell in love with the place. Fantastic food and people, and so much history!Read More