Sipping Turkish Coffee The Izmir Way – They Do Things Differently Here

We'll go into more detail about the Kemeraltı area of Izmir in a later post, but if you've ever been to Istanbul, it's easy to compare the streets around Kemeraltı to a more compact version of the surrounding alleyways of Kapalı Çarşısı (the Grand Bazaar). Perfect for aimless wanderings. Not so … [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...]

Testing Out Our First Ever Famous Çeşme Kumrusu

"Don't come back from Izmir without trying Çeşme Kumrusu!" This was just one of the many pieces of advice given to us by Turkish friends before we set off for our trip to Izmir in September. But it was also the piece of advice; the common thread that linked all the other suggestions offered. Woe … [Read more...]

Izmir Travel Photo: An Aegean Sunset – And A Question

The sunset photo - a bit of a cliché of the photography world, but aren't they just irresistible? Wherever we are, we always like to try and catch a good sunset. The trouble is, we're a bit spoilt in this part of Turkey. We can watch the increasingly famous Çalış Beach sunset whenever we like, a … [Read more...]

Sightseeing In Izmir – A Stroll To Asansör

We decided to walk to Asansör - well, we'd walked everywhere else in Izmir so we figured we might as well continue the trend. It looked easy enough. Hit the kordon (promenade) in Alsancak and keep going until we could see Asansör. We strolled along the seafront, passed Izmir Saat Kulesi and, an hour … [Read more...]

Izmir Clock Tower – The Symbol Of A City

In Izmir, there is one historic attraction that most people know about. We almost felt duty-bound to go and see it to take photos of it. Izmir Saat Kulesi (Izmir Clock Tower) is the symbol of the city and arguably its most famous sight. We felt we couldn't ignore it, and so, we went off in search of … [Read more...]

Our Izmir Digs – A Home Away From Home In Alsancak

We had a little bit of a clue about where we were going. After getting off the bus from Fethiye to Izmir, we knew we had to find a local bus that was going to take us to Alsancak; Alsancak train station to be precise. "Get off the bus there, phone or text me and I'll come to meet you and take you to … [Read more...]

Fethiye to Izmir – The Bus Journey In Pictures

Regular readers will know that we have a bit of a fondness for the Turkish intercity buses; they're our favourite mode of transport for getting away from Fethiye for a short while to explore pastures new. Back in June, we wrote about the experience of the night bus from Fethiye to Istanbul, a … [Read more...]

Return to Fethiye – Leaving The Big City Behind

For six days we've 'lived' in the buzz of Izmir. We've lived in the big city noise: cars and buses racing along the boulevards, the screeching of tyres on tarmac as they hit the red lights, the beeping of horns, We've waited for that fleeting moment when it's relatively safe to dart to the other … [Read more...]

Izmir – Turkey’s Windy City

As time goes on and we look back on our few days in Izmir, many different aspects of the city are going to lodge themselves in our memories. But there is one overriding aspect that is going to be at the forefront of our minds and will come blurting out whenever someone asks us about September in … [Read more...]