Izmir Journals

Lost in Translation

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A June 2004 trip to Izmir by shaunandtrish

Best Western Hotel Konak Photo, Izmir, Turkey More Photos
Quote: What an interesting experience !!! - to witness your own work translated into Turkish, delivered to a Turkish audience, by a Turk, in Turkey. At the start of the week I knew no Turkish words at all - but by the end of the week I'd learned three !!!

Lost in Translation

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Overview

Bus terminal to the near to the hotel Photo, Izmir, Turkey
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The best thing about this trip was the people who looked after me. Thanks to Cenk, Sehmus, Osman, Salih, Aslan, and his lovely family. Having only previously experienced Turkey as a tourist from a week in the resort Marmaris ten years ago, I did not really know what Turkish people outside of the tourist industry were like. I do now and they are wonderful people. The other highlight was the pleasure of spending a week working in Turkey's third city. Our base right on the harbour in the Hotel Konak was ideal as an introduction to this busy and beautiful working city. Did I see pickpockets? - no Did I see lone females struggling with unwanted male attention? - no Did I see any ...Read More

Best Western Hotel Konak

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Hotel | "Best Western Konak"

Best Western Hotel Konak Photo, Izmir, Turkey
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This hotel is widely used as a training and conference venue, which is why I was there, and it is very well suited for this purpose. It is stunningly situated right on the sea front, with beautiful views over the harbour. This is especially true if you use the roof top conference room on the ninth floor. The location has one minus point, that being the very busy dual carriageway that passes directly in front of the hotel, separating it from the promenade. It took me 20 minutes to cross it one evening, and then I had to take my life in my hands. The rooms are small, clean and adequate with bath and shower. They have a mini bar with not-too-expensive contents, and you also get a basket of fruit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Best Western Hotel Konak
Mithatpasa Cad. No 128, Konak
Izmir, Turkey 35260
+90 232 489 15 00

Hotel Konak

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Restaurant

Hotel Konak Photo, Izmir, Turkey
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The hotel fed our group of 25 people very efficiently in 45 minutes each day. Meals in Turkey tend to be a process rather than a single event, and even though we were working to a tight schedule, the integrity of the process was not really sacrificed by the busy hotel staff. By the word "process" I mean that you are regularly supplied with a series of small, but different dishes, which you eat in turn before progressing to desert, rather than dealing with a single main course as such. There is a main course, but it is less "main" than westerners may be used to and is preceeded by maybe two or even three small starters and salad side dishes. Its very interesting, especially since re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Hotel Konak
128 Konak
Izmir, Turkey

Naci Usta Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Naci Usta Restaurant, Izmir"

Naci Usta Restaurant Photo, Izmir, Turkey
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My new Turkish friends took me here three times in a week. I think it must have been a particular favorite of theirs as the other restaurants we used within Izmir itself were equally good. Maybe the location of this restaurant was better for them, it’s on the highway out of Izmir about 10 minutes from Konak towards Cesme. It has its own car park, so maybe that feature clinched it. The standard recommendation is always "eat where the locals eat" so I suppose if you're following that maxim, the Naci Usta is the place to eat. The location of this restaurant was superb, set in between the coastal highway and the sea; most of the tables were outside in an open grassy dining area. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

Naci Usta Restaurant
Cesme Yeni Otoyolo No 154/1 Balcova
Izmir, Turkey
(232) 239 4101

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Just a short journal to bring a couple of things to the attention of future users. 1. The entry visa: You need a 30 day tourist visa for entry into Turkey. What that means is that on arrival, BEFORE you pass through passport control, you must pay £10 for a little stamp in your passport. A couple of things to watch out for here. Firstly, the little kiosk dishing the stamps out is on the FAR SIDE of the line of 12 or so passport control booths, and there is no signage telling you to go to the visa booth first. That means many people automatically join the lines, wait ages to get to the front, then get told to go and get a stamp and start again. So when you arrive you must ...Read More

Being There, Izmir

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Story/Tip

An Izmir Sunset Photo, Izmir, Turkey
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I spent less than a week here and worked till at least 7:30pm each night, so my appraisal of the Konak area of Izmir is always going to be limited, so I apologise in advance if my perspective of the area is inaccurate in any way, but this is it. My overwhelming impression of the city and especially the Konak area was that I could easily have been working in a less attractive place, I had really landed on my feet with this assignment. I wished I'd brought my wife, but not knowing anything about the area before I went, I didn't know how she would have occupied herself, or even whether it would have been a safe place for her to wander around alone. I need not have worried. A street full of ...Read More

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shaunandtrish

shaunandtrish
Durham, United Kingdom