Travel Blogs from Izmir
... of what Istanbullus are like. But I got a taste of what Istanbul has to offer and enjoyed it. Back to Izmir. Although it is considered a more progressive city, on our afternoon walk, I didn't get the "more progressive" vibe - though Nick pointed out there ARE fewer head scarves. Coming to Izmir drove home how hard it is to get past the tourist/tourism veneer - particularly in a foreign city on the first trip. ...
... had to rush. At lunch a loud speaker announcement was advertising bingo in the afternoon and a French guy behind me mimicked "bingo, bingo, bingo" in the silly voice of the announcer and I was pleased to think that we are not the only ones that think all the entertainment is a bit hi-de-hi. 85% of the passengers (I would estimate) are aged between 20 to 50 years old plus there are loads of families with kids (some even babies) so I guess it is to get ...
... the showroom, heads down, trying not to catch eye contact with any of the sales men. The second you showed the tinniest amount of interest in a jacket they jumped on you offering to help you try it on. It was awkward and I was so happy when it finally came time to leave.
Next we headed to Virgin Mary's house. This was a very surreal experience. We lined up and walked into the house which was crammed with older people praying and even crying. It took ...
... is located within the large modern city of Izmir. There is a small excavation site surrounded by multi-level car parks and apartment buildings! Unfortunately, the site had closed early today so we had to make do with seeing what we could through the barred fence. Apparently there isn't a lot to see here anyway, so we didn't miss much.
Time to go - another early start tomorrow and it's already 10:15pm.
... with all the turmoil in the Middle East that’s scaring people but it’s silly as nothing is happening in Turkey.
First stop is lunch and though it’s fast Turkish food, cafeteria style, it was still excellent, these people can cook. Then we headed for Gallipoli, where the Allied troops tried to take hold of the Dardanelles Strait to eventually conquer Istanbul so that a passage can be opened up for Russia. This was in March 1915, at ...
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