Izmir Journals

ON the Turkish Coast

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A travel journal to Izmir by TianjinPaul

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Quote: A three day stay in Izmir taking in one of the seven wonders of the world and the magnificent Efes.

The Ascenseur Izmir

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Attraction | "Asanceur"

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Rather like in French, the Turkish word Asanceur means lift/elevator and comes from the Latin word ascend. It is an apt but rather unimaginative name for one of Izmir's best-known tourist attractions. The Ascanceur is a large lift that leads to a viewing platform that affords a dramatic view across the city. Despite the rather mundane name, I very much enjoyed my trip there.Before visiting Izmir, I had not heard of Asanceur and, consequently, had no plans to visit. We had originally planned to take a drive into the surrounding countryside or perhaps take a ferry to one of the islands off the coast. However, the weather was not so great, so we decided to stay within the city and my girlfriend's c...Read More

The Ascenseur Izmir
Turgut Reis Mh., Nihat Bey Caddesi No:79
Izmir

The Ascenseur Izmir

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The city of Izmir boasts a very strange shape. It sits on a natural harbour that is unusually long and deep. This means that the city stretches out for great distances on either side. It is almost like they occupy two sides of a river. Because of this, transport around the city is not always straightforward. Both the metro and the road system has to travel a long way to go from one side of the harbour to the other. This means it is often easier to use the ferry. Our journey to Karsiyaka from Bornova proved how tricky it was to travel. We decided to go there using a Dolmus (a cross between a minibus and a taxi that is hugely popular across Turkey). The journey was long and cramped. The dolmus had...Read More

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The Ascenseur Izmir
Turgut Reis Mh., Nihat Bey Caddesi No:79
Izmir

Antakya Kebab

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Restaurant | "Awesome Kebabs"

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To begin this article I would like to set the scene. It was a Thursday evening in Izmir – around 18h00 if I remember correctly – and I was in the mood for a kebab. This hankering sprang from a couple of reasons. My girlfriend and her family had consumed a Turkish breakfast at around noon and they were satisfied with that as their main meal of the day. I, on the other hand, thought that whilst it was nice, it was nowhere near filling enough and was starting to get ravenous again. I also wanted to make up for the previous evening when as we left a night club at some time around 3a.m. I was out-voted on the destination for late-night food. I had opted for kebab, the others wanted soup – which to me seeme...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2013

Antakya Kebab

Izmir

House of the Virgin Mary

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Attraction | "Surprisingly Serene, Historically Questionable"

House of the Virgin Mary Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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I will begin this review by stating clearly (proudly if you will) that I am a committed aetheist. Therefore, my writing is likely to be infused with a rather heavy degree of scepticism. When my girlfriend's family decided that we would stop off at the house that was supposedly occupied by the Virgin Mary in later life, I was not hugely enthralled. However, curiosity pushed me a long and I was pleasantly surprised. It proved to be a beautiful and peaceful locale, although I was extremely dubious about its historical significance.So, I will start by explaining a little bit of the 'history' behind the Virgin Mary's House. It is argued that she lived there in the later part of her about 30 years aft...Read More

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House of the Virgin Mary
Mt. Koressos
Ephesus, Turkey

Sirinice

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Wine List Photo, Turkey, Europe
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The village of Srinice is located about one hours from Izmir and – to me at least – seemed a rather bizarre combination of hidden gem and tourist trap. I got the impression of having arrived at something of a tipping point in the village's history. It was buys with tourists, but not to the point of bursting and it still seemed to be made up primarily of local businesses – there were no global brands or even major Turkish brands on. Whether that will be the same in a couple of years or so is not so clear. Srinice is famous for a couple of things. The first is the one storey houses that are built on the mountainside in lines of terraces. The second is the local wine production. I found the first o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2013

Temple of Artemis

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Attraction | "Nothing Left"

Temple of Artemis Photo, Selcuk, Turkey
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As my many blog entries on historical sites might suggest, I am a huge fan of visiting places that allow me to delve into the past. I am also a major stickler for reading up on the places I am likely to visit. However, when I visited Izmir with my girlfriend and her family, I was surprised to find that we had added an extra stop on our trip to Izmir. I was even more surprised to find that we would be stopping at one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.As we neared the Temple of Artemis, I began to feel rather embarrassed. I was a history buff who was ignorant of one of the most renown historical sites in the world. As we neared Artemis I sat in the back seat of the car sulking to myself. H...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2013

Temple of Artemis
Near Ephesus
Selcuk, Turkey

Archaeological Site of Ephesus

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Attraction | "Amazing Ancient City"

Archaeological Site of Ephesus Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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This review begins in a somewhat reflective tone. Back in 2010, when my company offered me the opportunity to move from China to Turkey, my supposed destination was the coastal city of Izmir – the third biggest in the country. However, for a multitude of reasons, this never came to pass. Instead, I spent an ill-fated six months living in Istanbul before deciding to move on again. I often look back and wonder what might have been. The question of whether or not I would have fared better in Izmir than in Istanbul is one that I have never been able to truly silence.Probably the biggest regret I had about my first trip to Turkey was that as I never made it to Izmir, I never had the chance to visit E...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 2, 2013

Archaeological Site of Ephesus

Ephesus, Turkish Aegean Coast