Travel Blogs from Izmir
... city map. It was a 10 minute brisk walk to the center (not quite a perfect location.) But the helpful friendly English speaking staff and the cleanliness of this modern hotel made up for the non-optimum location.
We walked 15 minutes and found a friendly and tasty lokanta for dinner. Izmir is a big, modern, International city with horrible parking options. It seems like a great place for an expat to live.
... village called Şirince, where we shopped around at some small local shops and (most importantly) tasted some local wine. Oscar showed us his favorite wine shop and introduced us to the shop owners. They were very nice and welcomed us to try several different wines. We tasted quite a few, so I can't remember all of them, but I know we tried melon, blackberry, black mulberry, and sour cherry. All delicious.
After purchasing a ...
... was to stay around the pools and take a shuttle back to the bus, or to walk with him in a guided experience through the site. Seven of us hearty (fool hardy is more like it) souls decided to walk - did I mention it was really HOT??
Because we were such a small group, Ender took us on a path that he doesn't usually follow with larger groups. I felt like we were bushwhacking a ...
It was a full day today, packed with a trip to Efes (Ephesus) and to the beach! I am now heading to bed, as I am exhausted. But a quick post seems doable at this point.
The ruins were quite magnificent. As old as 334 BC, it's amazing they are still standing. Joining me was Nedime, Arda, and Nedime's friend - together we conquered Efes in its entirety! Perhaps the most compelling thing about what I saw was the sheer size ...
... earthquake around 7th Century AD.
Today, only 20% of the City has been excavated.
The highlights are- the Trajan Fountain, the Library ( which was the third largest Library in it time and held 12000 scrolls), and the Grand Theatre (which seated 24 000 people).
NB Sting played a concert there, and a part of the amphitheatre collapsed- after that the Turkish Government stopped all ...
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