I'm leaving Istanbul today and taking the bus to Canakkale. I'll probably spend two or three days there. The main reason for heading to Canakkale is to use it as a jumping of point for Gallipoli. The Gallipoli Campaign was one of the most important of World War I. Extremely costly for both sides, it holds particular significance in Turkey as a great Ottoman victory and Australia and New Zealand for the role of Anzac troops in the battle and the strengthening of national identity that followed.
I'll have more on Istanbul and my past few days soon, assuming I actually sit down and do some writing.