Tuesday 23 April 2013 by Stuart Baines. No comments
Anzac Connections, Battlefield Tours, Simpson Prize 2012

Today we visited the ancient city of Troy for a taste of ancient history and a change of pace. We never truly detach from the Gallipoli campaign and even on our way to and from Troy we were able to talk about the naval campaign. There is no better way to understand the difficulties and the enormity of the task that lay ahead of the French and British navies than to stand at the Dardanos Battery and look down at the straits and the narrows. The afternoon was a chance for us to look at the role of the French and British at the landings and to visit the French cemetery at Cape Helles. It is always a moving day to walk through the stark beauty of the French cemetery knowing that maybe we were a large part of the few dozen people that visit this cemetery each year. I can't recommend more that if you ever come to Gallipoli to take the time to visit this place. These French troops deserve to be remembered just like the ANZACs, Brits or the Turks. For Jess from Victoria, her highlight was different;

The highlight of day five for me personally was visiting the ancient city of Troy. Leaving the European continent for Eceabat In the Asian continent, Troy, or Ilios as refrerred to by Homer, revolved largely around the theme of legend vs reality, much like the ANZAC legend itself. Not dissimilar to the Gallipoli campaign, the story of Troy was based primarily on moral rather than factual beliefs, where one, in this case Paris, was to choose between the temptations of human nature; power, beauty or possession. The ruins themselves are currently being restored, and the sounds amplified by the bricklayers truly aid the atmosphere of the early establishment and creation of the ancient city. As a great fan of mythology, to study and finally see the city itself was a great final insight into the legend.