This week I’m featuring a great bike photograph from Canakkale in Turkey. Taken by Jan Robinson from Budget Travel Talk Blog. You know I love Turkey, maybe that is why I have so many pictures from this great country on my series already! And yet I couldn’t resist another one! Please follow Jan on Twitter.
Picture Story: Sunset bike ride, Canakkale, Turkey
Canakkale only appeared on our September 2013 Turkish Itinerary as the stepping off point to the Gallipoli Peninsula, so upon arrival we drove directly on to the ferry across the Dardanelles. The stretch of water that connects the Agean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Our destination was the Australian WWI memorials of Anzac Cove and Lone Pine on the far side of the peninsula.
We had only planned on spending one night in Canakkale but fate had other ideas for us. Parking is difficult in the city centre so our hotel staff parked our rental vehicle for us in their off-street car park that night. In the morning they informed us that the car would not start and so the process of getting the Car Rental Company to either fix or replace the car began.
We explored Canakkale while we waited and in the process stayed an extra night. Walking the long wide promenade, we found a Tea Garden with views of the water. For the price of two glasses of tea we had front row seats as the sun dipped beneath the range of hills on Gallipoli, the last rays sending a streak of light across the Dardanelles.
I propped my Canon S95 unobtrusively on the table top and took random shots as locals, tourists and mobile food vendors strolled by. Pretty pink flowers reminiscent of Australian Wildflowers caught the last rays of sun as a motorbike slowed to a stop directly in front of my camera.
It seemed that fate had not quite finished with us yet and stepped in to provide one of my favourite Turkish photographs. I find that luck or fate, call it what you like, plays a big hand in (my) photography.
Has fate helped you capture a special memory?