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 …
... Mary. It is Situated on Mt. Bulbul. The story goes Jesus asked St. John, one of his disciples, to provide protection for his mother. St. John took Mary to Ephesus. She lived hidden in a cottage surrounded by dense trees until her demise. The cottage itself is very small, basically two rooms. At the back of the front room is an alter and a statue of Mary. They now hold church services at the site every Sunday. It is a very peaceful place. There is also a prayer wall ...
... as the area was bustling to get ready for their major prayer time. When we arrived, we heard some sort of band and, in Idan fashion, he ran us down towards the band. Idan, Izzet's right hand man, is excited, warm and funny. He waved to us to follow him a hopped along down the road. We arrived at the square where the marching band was playing and he squeezed himself, and me as well, to the very front, very best place, basically shooing anyone who was in our way, ...
... bus that's been our 'home' since Gaziantep. We drive on through the community and head up Mt. Pagos for a hillside view of the harbor and the town below us, though it is pretty hazy. We stop off in a small cafe for a coke or a coffee and relax for a bit on their open balcony before heading out to the hotel to check in. Nearly every inch of the hillside below us is covered with buildings, the smaller homesteads surround us at the top, leading down to the water and the high ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility