Going To Izmir? Well, Of Course You’ll Go To Sevinç

Anyone who visits Harrogate is always told they must go to Betty's Cafe & Tea Rooms. When we visited Harrogate, we dutifully took ourselves off to said tea rooms. Can't tell you if it was a pleasant surprise or a disappointment because it was an age ago, but I do remember wondering why these … [Read more...]

Izmir Sardalya & Yenidoğan Kokoreç – Two More Simple Reasons To Love Izmir

Never say never, but the chances of us telling you all about the gourmet meal we ate at some swanky restaurant in the middle of a Turkish city whilst on our travels are pretty slim. We usually have a foods-to-eat-agenda before we go anywhere, because most regions of Turkey have dishes and foods that … [Read more...]

Karşıyaka – Fethiyespor: The Alsancak Stadium Experience

Yes, readers; if you are not a football fan, never fear. There is no need to glaze over and stop reading. This is not so much a match report as another tale of the under-prepared travels of Barry and Julia; it's just that the setting happens to be a football stadium - Alsancak Stadyumu - and we … [Read more...]

Izmir: The Side Streets Of Alsancak – Sokakta Hayat Var

In the Izmir seaside neighbourhood of Alsancak, there's a famous, pedestrianised shopping street called Kıbrıs Sehitleri Caddesi. Filled with high street stores, restaurants and patisseries it's Izmir's answer to Istanbul's Istiklal Caddesi, though it's much less crowded and the high-rise buildings … [Read more...]

2012 In Review – The Travelling Turkey Bit

2012 has been a bit different to previous years for us in that we've spent our first twelve months with Turkish residency. This has meant we haven't done any of our regular day trips to Meis so we had a bit of spare travel cash to play with to go somewhere a bit different. Let's have a look at some … [Read more...]

When The Sun Goes Down – Six Izmir Photos

Memories from our time in Izmir: there are a lot of them. Food more than played it's part by way of the söğüş, Çeşme kumrusu and the stuffed mussels. In between meals, we also managed a bit of sightseeing. Of course, we couldn't go to Izmir without taking many photographs of the famous Izmir Saat … [Read more...]

Midye Dolma: Stuffing Our Faces With An Izmir Favourite

We know that Turkey is famous for its street food and Izmir is a great city to be in if you're looking to sample lots of street food treats. When we first visited, we were in the city for six short days and were on a mission to eat, eat, eat. Purely because so many friends had enthused about all the … [Read more...]

Kıbrıs Şehitler Caddesi – Izmir’s Most Famous Street?

Istanbul's Beyoğlu area has the famous Istiklal Caddesi - a pedestrianised stretch of shops and eateries and swarms of people weaving their way to their intended destination with varying degrees of success. It's a feature of the city, just as Alsancak's Kıbrıs Şehitler Caddesi is for Izmir - except, … [Read more...]

Loving A Bit Of Unexpected Railway Nostalgia In Izmir

Today is Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Republic Day) in Turkey, so this post seems quite apt for the occasion. Republic Day commemorates the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk became the first leader. For today's post we're heading back to Izmir and to Alsancak train … [Read more...]

Alternative Sightseeing In Izmir – Alsancak Street Market

Regular readers of this blog will know we have a bit of a passion (or should that say obsession?) for food markets. Sundays are taken up with a trip to Çalış market, Tuesdays we're off along the harbour in the opposite direction to Fethiye market and Fridays - our favourite - see us back on the same … [Read more...]