Anemon Izmir Hotel
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Today was a very nice day. We got up and went to the Istanbul Airport to fly to Izmir. It was only an hour flight so it wasn't too bad. I did sleep the entire way though. But once we got there Oscar meet back up with us and it was a relaxing and loose day. We still saw some amazing things. Oscar gave us some interesting facts about Izmir. I learned …
So I had a Catholic moment of awe today. We first went to the house of the Virgin Mary. The house has not been confirmed by the church but has been visited by Popes and is run by priests and nuns. It is believed to be the home of the Virgin Mary after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. There was a church where pictures were not permitted …
... is amazing when you consider how old these things are. They estimate that 70%25 of the site is still to be discovered which seems crazy. We got to see the spaces which were people's homes back in 6000BC, so small and often one room. The intricate stone work and statues are just amazing. Our favorite part was Hadrian's Library the facade of which is original and just beautiful to look at. Mustafa, the taxi driver, then took us to where we could look out and see the whole ...
... to Ephesus and Pumakkale for the next two days.
While having lunch, it started to rain cats and dogs, so I headed back to the hostel, as there wasn't much else I could do.
Luckily, there as a pommy bloke there and I chatted to him for a couple of hours about what he has done in Turkey and what recommendations he had.
After a couple of hours chatting, the sun peeped its' head through and it started to clear up. So that afternoon I walked around Izmir, visiting ...
... flat rooftops just below us are covered with laundry and satellite dishes.
Izmir is Turkey's 3rd largest city and a major shipping and tourist port. Tourists ships pause here for the same reason we do- the magnificent ruins of ancient Ephesus is a 2 hour drive south. We're on our own this afternoon and need some lunch. Our hotel is just blocks from the walkway along the shore - what we call the Embarcadero in San Francisco. There are piers for the water taxi's which ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet