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Travel Blogs from Izmir
Today we arrived in Izmir, which was home to the Byzantine empire and Alexander the Great. Izmir was a port of great importance due to the initiatives of the British, French, Italian, and Dutch for the export of tobacco and cotton. As we left the port, we stopped by the information booth and we met another couple (Jody and Jimmy) that wanted to split a "taksi" (Turkish spelling) to Ephesus which is really the only point of interest here. Our first stop was the House of ...
... actually really good. I got a scoop of pistachio ice cream, which was a bit surprising because it had bits of crushed-up pistachio in it, which is not something that normally happens in the US. It was also a lot thicker than ice cream in the US, which I liked. We briefly met the young son of the owners, who is absolutely adorable. We sang "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" for them when we were done. In all, today was ...
... neighborhood, also pretty run down with crumbling buildings and very quiet. No one really walking around, eating, buying or anything. Lots of great photos and very peaceful.
From there, we got back in the car and headed to Eyüp, a very conservative, Muslim area. Because it was Friday, ...
... we made our way to the seaside. It's breathtaking, really - the Aegean Sea (Ege Deniz) is beautiful and vast, and I could spend hours staring into the depths. We spent a short time here, as dinner was waiting for us back home. The night ended with a delicious meal consisting of sarma, dolma, and yoğurt - Turkish flavors that marry together extremely well and made this guy a happy ...
... should appreciate from our own history. We accomplished that feat over 200 years with neighbors like Canada and Mexico; Turkey is reaching towards that vision in less than a century embedded within the most religiously volatile region in today's Middle East. I was struck by how proudly nationalistic Turks are, but also by how secular their government is. Turkey is 99% Muslim officially, and the muzzein's call is never far ...
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