Travel Blogs from Izmir
Wed 21 May 2014 Izmir (formerly Smyrna)
A perfect city orientation tour in Izmir. Seljuk told us we would do what the locals do. Our trusty bus driver, Tolga, in his yellow t-shirt and converse shoes today, picks us up and drives us to the Kashekoy Market on the East side of the bay. This is a local market held only on Wednesdays. We are …
... There is a replica of the wooden horse there also which was good to see. After this we had Turkish Pide for lunch then made our way to another ancient city Pergamum which is also a city of the 7 churches of the revelation that Paul visited on his journeys in the bible. This who area is very important to the bible, and many this happened around this area. This area was also an Asklepieion, a healing ...
Leaving Selcuk we headed to Oludinez, stopping at Pammukkale which is famous for is calcium carbonate rock formations. The highlight was probably when Floyd ignored the no entry sign and stacked it in a dirty pool of water in her jeans!
In Oludinez we went on a boat cruise and went paragliding which was amazing, as you can probably tell by the number of photos I put up on Facebook. After a couple of days of relaxing by the beach we drove to Olympus where we stayed in ...
... the road.
However when I did finally approach its upper level, at the base of the cliffs, I was hearing the beep, beep, beep of a heavy earth-moving vehicle as it was in frequent back-up gear. And due to the steepness of the cliffs and lack of coherent composition I was assuming there had been a slide on to the road and it was being cleared.
Sure enough when I got to the road the guy driving the thing came down the road toward ...
... the only flat parts of the country require a boat to navigate. If one is a hill connoisseur, Turkey has much to offer: short and steep, long and sustained, long, steep and sustained, it's all here. The first night we learned just how loud a mosque can be when right outside the hotel window; there are no earplugs which can block that out. Incidentally, the word mosque is French (??), the local word is Camii, and when giving directions in their limited ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHilton Izmir
Terrific hotel, nice rooms, stupendous buffet. They even had honey comb. Very comfortable bed, and a nice sunny bay window with 2 chairs for relaxing. The patio bar on the 9th floor was too windy and/or sunny, but the bar/patio on street level was very nice to sit in.
supposedly no internet in the rooms, but once I got connected in the lobby I was able to use it in my room.
Near the seafront and lots of restaurants and ferries.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.