travel

Snapshots of Gallipoli, Turkey by Steven Johnson

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.

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Snapshots of Selcuk, Sirince and Ephesus, Turkey by Steven Johnson

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.

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Snapshots of Oludeniz, Turkey by Steven Johnson

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.

 

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A Weekend at Goat Island by Steven Johnson

Mandy and I spent the recent long weekend at Goat Island, which is an island in the Clayton Bay area of the lower Lake Alexandrina / Coorong region. Our friends actually own the entire island and the only way to get there is by boat so it feels quite remote, even if it is only a 10 minute boat ride back to 'civilisation'.

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