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Travel Blogs from Izmir
... We were getting to Izmir quickly and decided to take a scenic detour to Foca. We took the road that was marked in 'green' on our map of Turkey. "Green" means it is a 'panoramic' improved highway. "Gold" is a secondary road that is also panoramic.
We got near Foca and saw strips of holiday homes along the sea tucked between massive holiday resorts. The weather had turned and it was overcast. It was ...
... knew by now to trust Oscar's judgement when it comes to food. The man knows how to eat.
Oscar explained that this place had a couple of different options, but he highly recommended their specialty--the traditional Turkish pancake. I'm not sure about anything else, but when I hear the word pancake, I'm thinking fluffy, maple syrup covered breakfast food. Well, a Turkish pancake is definitely not that. But don't panic. A Turkish pancake, or ...
... it is easy to see how Pamukkale, which means "cotton castle" got its name.
These terraces form when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes leaving limestone deposits...beautiful layers of white calcium carbonate (limestone) build up.
Within the terraces (which are off limits to viewers) are these beautiful pools.
There are ...
... this deliciousness to my cooking repertoire. I knew there were some great cooks in my family, so I was sure to learn the following phrase:
Ben mantı pişirmek öğrenmek istiyorum. (I want to learn to cook mantı)
It paid off, because tonight I got what I asked for: a cooking lesson!
My cousin, Seyime, is a fantastic cook, and mantiı happens to be one of her specialties. She was as excited ...
... water is now 7KM away.
The city was built from marble that was mined from the mountains nearby.
The first traces of habitation date back to the 5000BC, when the Amazonians lived there.
Then it was settled by the Greeks, then Romans and then the Byzantine Empire (where Constantinople was the Capital).
It housed 250 000 people until the city was abandoned due to outbreaks of Malaria and ...