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...]

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...]