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Since we had seen Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary on a previous visit, today we decided to tour the city of Izmir. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey with a population of over 3 million people. Our cab driver, Jur, drove us by the Culture, Arts and Nature Park in the center of the city to the ruins of the agora in old Smyrna which was constructed as a commerce and government center by the ...
... t much more to do in Izmir besides museums or shopping so we kept wandering around with the occasional drink stop before going back to our hotel to chill out in the lounge until 8pm before we went to the bus station. At the bus station there were water cannon trucks and riot buses of police, turns out they are all on alert because of the up coming election, in Istanbul there has been major protesting and political riots. The bus left on time at 9pm and off we went for the next ...
... really got to me because I recently sang that very song at my grandfather's funeral and it obviously has a whole new meaning for me. It was so touching to not only hear it, but see some of their faces while singing it. They clearly love the song too. =)
A Casual Lunch
After the visit to Ephesus, we were ready for lunch. Oscar brought us to another of his favorite places to eat. It was a little off the beaten path for most tourists, ...
... National Park. Things such as a fortress, tombs from the second century and a theatre from 325 AD (all from the lost Christian City of Hierpolis of Phrygia).
I then spent the rest of the afternoon swimming in the hot springs, while watching the pink sun set over the Turkish mountains.
Once nightfall had set in, I caught a bus back to Denzili, where I had dinner and caught my night bus to Cappadocia from.
Things of Note:
- Pumakkale = incredible. A ...
... for that reason. There were a couple of postcard sellers but I had to take a photo of the ‘travelling salesman’ with all his good spread out on top of his car bonnet, under a tree – he was lying on a bench down the hill asleep.
Another thing about this region is that the Virgin Mary was supposed to have lived here and they do say she died here too although about four sites have been ‘identified’ as being her ...