By Tony Wright
This go back and forth memoir unearths the options and stories of 1 of millions of younger Australians and New Zealanders who make the trek to the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey each year. in the scope of his own trip, the writer additionally bargains a quick historical past of the realm and the recognized global struggle I conflict that has made this an important position for Australian and New Zealand nationwide satisfaction, smattered with functional suggestions should you desire to make the adventure themselves.
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Extra info for Turn Right at Istanbul: A Walk on the Gallipoli Peninsula
Children played on fishing boats moored next to the ferry terminal, and forest climbed a hillside above. Returning down the Bosphorus, Ömür decided to instruct me in an important slice of Istanbul’s history: the invasion of Byzantium by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. It was 1453, and the Ottoman Empire had been encircling Byzantium for years. Perhaps it was the drowsiness of a warm afternoon, a large meal and a couple of beers, but I mistook the central point of Ömür’s story. The Ottoman invaders, he told me, had gathered out of sight on the far side of Taksim Hill, across the waters of the Golden Horn from the walled peninsula that was Byzantium’s Constantinople.
Only my grandmother’s father came home,’ Ömür said. ’ In short, one of Ömür’s greatgrandfathers lies beneath the earth at Gallipoli, and the other was swallowed by the land in no place that will ever be identified. The ‘Greek War’ was the War of Independence fought on many fronts by the Turks after World War I when the victorious powers of Europe decided to carve up Turkey among themselves. The Turks were to be left about half of nothing, but they fought back and won what essentially is the land they now call their own.
There was a café and a terrace with one of the few uninterrupted views in all Istanbul of the length of the Golden Horn. We sat and ordered soft drinks, and the sun came out. This was Pierre Loti’s café, and all around, travellers jabbered in French. Loti was a French novelist who fell in love with Turkey in the nineteenth century, and also fell for a married Turkish woman. He not only lived to tell the tale, but wrote a flowery novel about it called Aziyade. His writing style and photos suggest he was an unbearable dandy, sporting a moustache with the ends twisted and tweaked up in the fashion Istanbul - TEXT PAGES 18/6/03 12:31 PM Page 36 36 TURN RIGHT AT ISTANBUL of the self-satisfied bohemian of a certain period.
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