Those of us travelling with the Memorial on the Gallipoli battlefield tour arrived in Istanbul today following a long journey from our various home ports. On a flight of over 22 hours it is inevitable that conversations would be struck and I met several Australians also travelling to Gallipoli. For the first leg of the trip I sat next to an Australian Vietnam war veteran. He was planning on touring the battlefields and to attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli. Later after I had changed flights at Singapore international airport for the journey to Istanbul I sat next to a large group from the town of Robinvale, Victoria who were also briefly travelling to Gallipoli but were heading to their town's sister city, Villers-Bretonneux, France to commemorate Anzac Day there.