Day 20 - The ANZAC's Head to Gallipoli
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Our tour leader was kind enough to give us 6am wake up calls. Not a huge problem for Michelle and I but naturally it presented a challenge to a few in the group who were out until the wee hours. The hotel didn’t have storage sufficient for all our bags so we were forced to check everything out and store it in the bus for the duration of our overnight trip to Gallipoli.
A couple of our group slept through their wake up call and then the traffic leaving
Before heading to ANZAC cove to settle down for the night, we visited the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair cemeteries, the sites of Australian and
We only spent a short time at each cemetery as everyone was now anxious to get to Anzac Cove and grab a spot to sleep for the night and from which to watch the dawn service tomorrow.
The coach could only take us part of the way.
Our fears were realised when we walked into the venue. How were they going to fit all those thousands of people in here? There was nowhere near enough space for everyone to sleep on the grassed area and we weren’t keen to be sleeping in the stands! We’d wandered halfway into the venue when Trev yelled out. He and Mirella and their tour group had already arrived and were staking out a large portion of grass for the rest of the Topdeck groups.
For the rest of the afternoon, all evening and even late into the night and in the early morning, people continued to stream in, looking for somewhere to sleep or sit. We’re glad we arrived as early as we did. We were able to stick together. In fact, with as all the others piled in we were very, very close together.Music and Audio visual entertainment (items giving information on ANZAC history) ran through the night, keeping the nocturnal amused and the light sleepers (such as myself) awake.