Travel Blogs from Izmir
April 6, 2014
Ayvalik to Izmir - 242 Km (Via Bergama (Ancient Pergamon) and Foca)
Stay: Mini Hotel 91 TL /$42 Double including breakfast
...We lingered over breakfast under a beautiful shade tree in the garden. And shortly after 10:00, we set off on the hair raising task of driving through the narrow cobblestone streets. At one …
... a tiny romantic village. From there we traveled to Çeşme. It was here where we got some meaningful interaction with locals. I felt so welcomed in this town it was very intimate and everybody seemed to know everyone. We were able to walk this beautiful boardwalk that had an amazing view of the sea and sunset. Oscar then took us to his favorite ice cream shop called Rumeli. Here ...
... to make one thread for a carpet..a wool on cotton carpet sometimes takes one weaver 12 months , 6 days a week to make - some much longer - depending on pattern and colours used. Silk much longerThis explains the cost of silk Turkish carpets. strong enough to cut marble! ensures the strongest thread ( used by the Romans to cut marble!) We did buy a rug after the lengthy demonstration and had fun haggling with the merchants.
Then of to Ephesus. This was the 4th biggest city of the ...
After dinner that Sunday evening, we had a worship service in one of the hotel's meeting rooms. As most of us were leaving the meeting room, we noticed the man from the carpet factory had brought some carpets to the meeting room for one last attempt to entice buyers before we moved on to the next town.
The following morning, before our departure, I got some snaps of turkeys and peacocks and, of course, some swallows.
... getting onboard. Turkey is a convergence of the poor & old mixed with the new & flashy... large, fancy billboards next to tall, deteriorating buildings. It was interesting to see the waterfront restaurants, attempting to lure English-speaking tourists, having named these newer-looking restaurants with names like.. Popcorn ..or Melissa... or Serena.. or Venezia... funny names, we thought. Definitely more attractive to the American customer ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMini Hotel Izmir
Modern clean and efficient.
We arrived by car and they moved cones and we had on-street parking right in front of hotel.
English speaking staff was friendly and helpful. They gave us a map of Izmir and walking directions.
Room was medium size and very clean with just a touch of mold on grout in shower to prevent perfect mark.
Free WiFi was acceptable.
Average Turkish breakfast. Adequate.
Location was a long walk to center but doable. One demerit.
Very good value for the price we paid.
Definitely recommended. We would stay again.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.