Location | Gallipoli, Turkey
Maddie | Finders Keepers tee, Cupcake Fashion skirt and Converse
TJ | Saba white tee, Miss Guided shorts and Nike Rochies
In our minds, Gallipoli was a must when visiting Turkey – almost like an Australian version of a pilgrimage. Something you have to do.
We are over the moon that we had the opportunity to tour around the Gallipoli Peninsula for the day. The gravity of the carnage that occurred there is un-fathomable. Learning more about our countries history in a more tangible place made it really hit home. The trenches between the Turks and ANZAC’s were a mere 8 metres – and we can say it’s never felt so short. The bravery these soldiers showed we dearly admire. Watching people in the front line falling before them and with unwavering determination filling their space, knowing that in a few minutes that too could be their fate.
The immense loss of life experienced in such a short 9 months is incomprehensible. Men of all ages putting their lives on the line for the sake of their countries and the blood shed that resulted in freedom. It’s in a place like Gallipoli that you truly release that freedom is never free. Brothers, sons, fathers, uncles, cousins, friends – each giving their precious lives. Leaving behind wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends. Mates. Voids left in families and communities that can never be filled.
Being able to walk ANZAC cove where the troops landed, reading headstones from the men young as us and crawling through the ANZAC and Turk trenches are moments we will reflect on every year when ANZAC day rolls around. This was an experience we highly recommended to Australians visiting Turkey.
M & TJ x