Out & About : Balıkesir Coastline

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Thursday 02 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

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The coastline of Balıkesir in the Marmara region of Türkiye has some great rugged spots, far from the madding crowd, if here is ever such a thing (none that we came across, thankfully).

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Beaches, rocks, but cold seas – similar, yet so different to the south.

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Of course, much of this area is famed for the First World War battles that raged across this very soil. So many lives lost on both sides.

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It’s not far from here that you’ll find the words of Atatürk from 1934

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours… you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”

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6 thoughts on “Out & About : Balıkesir Coastline

  1. Colin Huggins says:

    Thank you, mate.
    Hope you get my e-mail via Linda.
    This is a sacred resting place.
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)

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  2. dayphoto says:

    Gosh this was beautiful! And the sign brought tears to my eyes. I’m sending this post to an Aussie commenter on my blog. He needs to read this.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

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  3. Lovely area…nice pics. (Suzanne)

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