• Sımpson Prıze - 21st April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    DAY 5 OF OUR SIMPSON PRIZE ADVENTURE! View larger image Today we met our Turkish historian Keenan Celia, who guided us through the important historical sites on the Gallipoli Peninsula that included Ataturk's house in the village of Bigali, trenches and memorials on the Turkish side, as well as the Turkish field hospital site and mass grave.  After teaching for many years in various levels of education, Kenan retired and…

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  • Day 9

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image While the start of day 8 took us to Cape Helles at the far south end of the battlefields, the 9th day starts with a trip to the Suvla Bay area in the far north. We start at Lala Baba which over looks Suvla Bay and the Salt Lake. The Salt Lake now has a dam at one end so that a low level of water could be maintained for fish farming. View larger image Our next stop also shows how areas …

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  • Sımspon Prıze - 18th & 19th April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    Simpson Prize students on tour Well here's a rundown of what we went through during our stay in Istanbul. The plane landed on time - for once - and after acquiring visas and collecting our luggage we boarded our bus and headed for the hotel, driving past the old city walls on the way. They tower over the road, and some houses are built atop of the walls, showing how strong they still are. The Taxim hotel was our next …

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  • Sımpson Prıze - 22nd April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    Today we went to Asia! We took the ferry across the Dardanelles, which was amazing because it only takes around 5 minutes. We got to look at the forts on both sides, which were bombarded during the naval campaign of the First World War. The fort on the Asian side has been converted into a museum, staffed by Turkish men serving their compulsory military service. We walked in a replica of the Nusrat and watched presentations about the …

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  • Day 6

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image And now we head for the highlight destination of the tour, the Gallipoli Battlefield. We depart Canakkale by ferry for our first destination, Kilidbahir. Here we stop to look at the fortress and gun emplacements. The fortress was closed on our arrival so we visited the gun emplacements that over look the Dardanelles. These old sandstone gun emplacements are currently being restored to a near new …

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  • Sımpson Prize - 20th April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    View larger image Today we encountered various extremes, from shivering outside a church to sweltering as we hiked up hills at Gallipoli. We woke up early this morning to pack and get some breakfast before leaving Istanbul for the Peninsula. First, however, we visited the Chora Church Museum, which has functioned both as a Church and a Mosque during various periods. The ceiling is covered by some of the most beautiful …

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  • Updates from Gallıpoli

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by John Lafferty. 1 comments

    My apologies for the slow updates while we are at Gallıpoli. There is very little ın the way of internet connections here. I will do a large update of informatıon and photos as soon as we return to Istanbul. This is the day after ANZAC day. Read on

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  • Day 7

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image Our first full day on the battlefields begins with a reading from a diary brought by Brian and Sue who are two tour members with a relative at our first stop, ANZAC Cove. This reading gives an additional view to the first day of combat on the 25th of April from a soldier in artillery, not the frequently described first wave solders. It describes in detail a very long and hard day that started with a …

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  • Day 8

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image The first half of day 8 is a tour of the Helles point area. After all the walking of day 7 it is a nice break to have a bus tour day. Although this area was primarily landed and occupied by British and French troops it also has some ANZAC memorial. The first stop is at a Turkish memorial that was a section of graves for those killed when British ship artillery shelled a hospital installation.…

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  • Day 5

    Thursday 19 April 2007 by John Lafferty. 2 comments

    View larger image The fifth day of our tour sees another perfect clear spring day. We start the day's touring with a visit to the ruins of ancient Troy. About 40 minutes from Canakkale the site of the ruins is an ongoing archaeological dig, although no works are visable to the tourist areas. As well as the viewing this wonderful site which dates back to over 2500BC the location also gives a great view of the start of the …

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