Ever since secondary school after hearing the stories of the ANZAC’s battle in Turkey I knew I had wanted to visit this place and pay my respects to the fallen soldiers. In 2016 this becomes a reality.
I jetted off from London with two close friends on our way to meet our travel guide in Istanbul and for my dream experience to begin. We had a long drive the first morning to get from Istanbul to ANZAC cove but it was well worth it. When we arrived it was one of the most surreal feeling I had ever felt. The whole group went quiet and it was like you could feel the energy and stories of the place as you come to terms with the fact that you were standing in the exact place such an important battle had taken place so many years ago. It was a very moving experience and as I found out later it was just the beginning.
We spent the afternoon exploring the area and getting a slight feel for what the soldiers must of been feeling as they come to shore in 1915. You walked past private grave sites and war cemeteries and this is when it really started to hit home that just how many and how young most of these men were. Lots were the age of me when I first learned of this war.