Why Was I The Only Person Inside Izmir Agora?

Sat at the foot of Kadifekale, sandwiched between the hillside and the streets of Kemeraltı is the ancient Izmir agora. When we wrote about the Lycian and Roman ruins of Xanthos, we said that around many of Turkey's archaeological sites, modern daily life continues. Nowhere is this more evident than … [Read more...]

Turkish Food Focus: Falling In Love With The Döner Kebab – Again & Again…

We know there's so much more to Turkish cuisine than the döner kebab (there's more than enough evidence of that throughout this blog). And we know there are lots of different street foods available throughout the country to tantalise our taste buds. Tantuni kebab springs to mind, nohutlu pilav, … [Read more...]

A Piece Of Historic Izmir: Kızlarağası Hanı

This time last week, we were telling you about how we got ourselves happily lost in the warren of streets that is Izmir's Kemeraltı. Many of the streets are covered with mesh and vines to keep them shaded, so it's even more difficult to get your bearings because, at times, you can't see any of the … [Read more...]

Izmir: Losing Oneself In The Maze Of Kemeraltı

We've made this comparison before, but for us, when it comes to size and personality, Izmir is to Istanbul what Manchester is to London in the UK. Izmir is completely different to Istanbul but it's impossible not to make such a comparison. Both cities link their opposite shores by ferries (and … [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...]

Izmir Sevgi Yolu – A City’s Walk Of Fame

Each city has its own personality, with qualities that either attract or repel the visitor, and if you've read our previous posts on Izmir, you'll know we were very much attracted to the Aegean city.  It's a confident city without being cocky or in your face. It's surrounded by mass tourism but … [Read more...]

Turkish Food Focus: The Gevrekçi

When it came to feeding ourselves on a budget, Izmir was a happy and unexpected find. We were on a mission to explore as much of the city as possible, so food stops were fuel stops to keep us going until we needed to replenish dwindling energy levels again. Of course, the beauty of Turkey is there's … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: The Great Simit Gevrek Mystery

Welcome to our second instalment of Turkish Food Photo Friday. Last week, we took you back to our trip to Izmir where we enjoyed a famous Turkish street food, nohutlu pilav. This week, we are again alluding to Izmir and one of Turkey's most famous foods; the simit. The Simit / Gevrek … [Read more...]

Nohutlu Pilav – Enjoying Turkish Street Food With A View Of Izmir

There's something special about stumbling across street food in Turkey when you're wandering the streets and exploring somewhere new. If you're someone who loves trying different foods, the great thing about Turkish street food is you can be pretty confident you're going to really enjoy it. And, … [Read more...]

Exploring Izmir: The Hike To Kadifekale

We'd been in Izmir for four days and still hadn't made it to one of the sights on our list of Izmir Must-Sees - Kadifekale (the Velvet Castle). Racing around, bagging sights is never really top of our agenda when we go somewhere new - but Kadifekale sits on top of a hill (of the same name), … [Read more...]