Gallipoli Peninsula

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dad checking our rental car at Istanbul airport

Our tour group provided transportation to the airport for us, leaving the hotel at 7:30am. We had a rental car reserved at the airport. We had to go through security to just get into the airport building and went down stairs to the domestic terminal where the rental car counters were. There were helpful people from the airport information at various places who offered to help us. Of course we didn't know that's who they were at first and were a litle apprenensive at first until they identified themselves.


We got a VW Passat 4 seater manual transmission car.

view of Gelibolu harbor
It had a few dings and we would find out why later (there were road constructions where other cars would kick up rocks and hurl them at us!!) I was the designated driver and Kevin with his maps at hand would navigate. My parents were just passengers in the back seat.


The car came with about ¾ tank of gas and following the directions given by the rental agent we found the first Shell station right outside the airport. We topped off the tank at about 3.33 TLR per liter. Which made the $4 per gallon at home seemed cheap! Then we made the wrong turn and headed east, hmm, off the highway and into another gas station to verify where we should go, we then turned around and were on our way west along the coast of the Sea of Marmara toward the Gallipoli penisula.


We were on a highway which went through 50-60km of sprawling suburbs or cities connected to Istanbul before we saw some open land and then there was not much between cities we passed.

Gelibolu town
We could see the Sea of Marmara on our left most of the way, then we went inland a little bit and we made another stop at a gas station for a break. We noticed that gas stations were plenty and easy to find in Turkey. They were also usually big along the highways, with restaurants and mini-markets. This one was apparently a big stop because there were several tour buses. Kevin reported that they had free wireless too, so he downloaded his email while we tanked up.


Another couple of hours later, we arrived at the town of Gallipoli at the seaside. We parked the car after finding a spot on the street but trying to get close to the curb turned out to be a bad idea, because the curbs were really high and we couldn't open the door! So I moved the car further from the curb and we took a walk to the small harbor, where there were many restaurants.

ferries crossing while we had lunch


There was a small park with a statue, and many small fishing boats. We turned down the first restaurant which tried to lure us in, and ended up at one right at the beach. Mom checked out their fish and they had tables in the back with were right on the water. We had a simple lunch, the fried bonita fish turned out real tasty, the chicken kebab was a bit tough. People were friendly though.

We watched fishes in the clear water, and ferry boats going back and forth toward the south shore of the Sea of Marmara. We were not supposed to cross here, but continued to the national park for the WWI memorial at the penisula. Along the way, there were many farmers selling melons and other fruits by the road.


We made the first stop at the Main Information center.

dad and kevin at lunch
Today was Victory Day, and they were handing out Turkish flags to us. There was a display room showing the areas of the battles and dates, but the 3-D map did not have working lights which should have shown the various fronts and locations. It was pretty hot in there! We went downstairs where there was a small theater but it was not functioning either. We then drove out to see some of the memorial sites, there was a New Zealand soldiers' cemetery, another for the Turks, and on top of the hill where was the obvious main attraction, a statue of Ataturk, who led the army on an assault to retake the hilltop. There were reconstructed trenches which overlooked the side of the hill all the way to the coastline, it was a great view, but not for those who were there during WWI.

There were many fruit sellers along the road, and we stopped at one to buy some peaches, nectarines and a watermelon! We went down to Eceabat and caught the ferry (23 lira) to Canakkale, crossing the Dardanelles, the strait separating the Sea of Marmara and the Agean.

at the Gallipoli battlefield museum
It was called the Hellespont. After getting off the ferry, we asked the first policeman where our hotel was, and he pointed the way. We arrived at the hotel a few minutes later. It was situated on the waterfront, with a nice walking area along the water stretching in both directions. We checked into our rooms. It was still hot, but there was a breeze through the door leading to the small patio. I parked the car in the back of the hotel, where the hotel had a parking lot. We had some watermelon for a snack.



At dinner time when it was cooler, we walked along the waterfront, looking for a restaurant, but ended up back right next to the hotel. Outdoor dining with fresh fish. After dinner, Kevin and I went for another walk before going back to the hotel.
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dad checking our rental car at Ist…
dad checking our rental car at Is…
view of Gelibolu harbor
view of Gelibolu harbor
Gelibolu town
Gelibolu town
ferries crossing while we had lunch
ferries crossing while we had lunch
dad and kevin at lunch
dad and kevin at lunch
at the Gallipoli battlefield museum
at the Gallipoli battlefield museum
at the Gallipoli battlefield museu…
at the Gallipoli battlefield muse…
Kevin was given a flag for Victory…
Kevin was given a flag for Victor…
At one of the monuments in Gallipo…
At one of the monuments in Gallip…
the tallest point of Gallipoli whe…
the tallest point of Gallipoli wh…
reconstructed trenches at the top …
reconstructed trenches at the top…
View of the sea from the top of Ga…
View of the sea from the top of G…
more view from the top of Gallipoli
more view from the top of Gallipoli
more view from the top of Gallipoli
more view from the top of Gallipoli
A cemetery at Gallipoli
A cemetery at Gallipoli
Tombs of Turkish soldiers
Tombs of Turkish soldiers
more view from the top of Gallipoli
more view from the top of Gallipoli
more view from the top of Gallipoli
more view from the top of Gallipoli
the old museum grounds
the old museum grounds
at the old museum,
at the old museum,
waiting for the ferry at Eceabat
waiting for the ferry at Eceabat
on the ferry leaving Eceabat
on the ferry leaving Eceabat
on the ferry heading to Canakkale
on the ferry heading to Canakkale
another ferry coming the opposite …
another ferry coming the opposite…
on the ferry, photo taken by Turki…
on the ferry, photo taken by Turk…
this was the guy I talked to (with…
this was the guy I talked to (wit…
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