Renee & I have begun our travels to Turkey & Egypt! Just completed 7-day ANZAC tour of Turkey & are about to start a 15-day tour of Egypt. Had a fantastic time in Turkey, loved it!. Arrved in Istanbul on 20th of April did some sghtseeng around a few mosques and a palace called the Topkap Palace. Went on a cruise on the Bosphorus river whch was really beautful. Got hassled to buy things, people tryng to get you to go into their shops. For breakfast over here they have bread, feta cheese, olives,yogurt, hard-boiled eggs & belgum-type processed meat. Unusual for breakfast but it filled us up, we only need to eat 2 meals a day. Had a few kebabs on a street corner, wasnt too bad. Tried turkish apple tea...beautiful. Stocked up on my supplies of apple tea & turkish delight to take back to London, should keep me going for a while. Everyone on our tour group in Turkey was australan & NZ (obviously...beng an ANZAC tour). They are all so much fun & we had a great time, around 40 in our group. On the third day we headed to Gallpoli to see the memorial sites before all the other tours arrved on anzac day. Spent the day drivng to each area. Went to anzac cove, lone pine and the war museum. Very amazng & signifcant place in our australian history. Felt great & made us so proud to be Australan & see where the generatons before us had been & went through for their country. Got flmed by channel 9 crew (dont know if you saw us on tv or not...!) After a long day of driving on the bus we stayed at a resort on the agean sea whch was beautful in a place called ayvalik Day 4 (23rd) headed to ancient cty of Pergamum & Ephesus. Saw some amazng ruins & old theatres cut into the hillside. Went to troy the next day, saw some more ruins & then drove about 4 hours to get back to Gallpoli where we camped out the nght at anzac cove in tme for the dawn servce at 5:30am the next mornng. We were squashed in lke sardines, but at least we were warm. Had to sleep with my knees bent most of the nght, not that any of us really managed to sleep. Because we were camped out on the bottom edge of a grassy area rght at the entrance, everyone kept takng pctures of us, so many film crew, turkish TV, channel 9 australia, channel 7 & heaps of other turkish filmers & photographers & everyone else just walking by. So when we just managed to drift off to sleep we were woken by flashng lights. After dawn servce, went to australian national ceremony. Was so wierd but great beng surrounded by so many other aussies. That night headed back to Istanbul where we stayed couple more days before starting our adventures in Egypt!