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Travel Blogs from Izmir
As our time is winding down in Turkey we have given a lot of thought to the places we want to visit that we haven't yet. One of those places happens to be Izmir. It is a quick flight from Antalya but much too far to drive for a weekend trip, so a plane is what we took.
It was easy to find our hotel and we grabbed lunch next door. Friends had told us what to expect in Izmir. It's a very new city in relation to much of Turkey. Most of the city ...
Since arriving, we have eaten all kinds of Turkish food. All of it has been delicious and plentiful. Some observations:
- We always hear that food portions in America are extremely large. We’ve got nothing on the Turks. Every meal is enormous.
- The Turks don’t have a lot of fancy names for their food. When you see something that looks interesting, you get answers like “that is meat, this is vegetables.”
- It is not always assumed that ...
... and here she and Stan are sharing her fan.
All kidding (and whining) aside, this was a great visit! I haven't even talked about the ruins of the theater or the Martyrium of St Philip. Amazing sites, amazing history, amazing country.
Back on the bus...heading to Izmir (Smyrna), the home of Homer and Turkey's 3rd largest city with a population of 3+ million residents. Until tomorrow...
... entertained with his energy and his playfulness. But the time came to say our goodbyes, as much as we didn't want to. We shared hugs, words, and tears, and I promised I would return next year. I will have to save vacation at work to make sure I can stay for an adequate amount of time! When I think about it, not knowing Turkish provided me with an experience that is very unique, one that not many people share (that I ...
... really enjoying being able to just play and suit themselves, which is absolutely fine.
Tonight we went to the Stardust Theatre on the boat where we were entertained by Celia and Julien- two French aerialists, gymnasts and acrobatics.
It was spectacular.
They have worked for Cirque du Soleil, and they got a standing ovation from the whole crowd.
Maybe I could get used to this Cruising thing!
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