Friday, October 2, 2009 – Izmir, Turkey

IMG_5924 Stitch Izmir    

For more information, see Sept. 19 post.  “Beautiful Izmir” — the “Pearl of the Aegean” — is Turkey’s third largest city and second most important port.  A city of palm-lined promenades, avenues and green parks set in sweeping curves along a circular bay, Izmir has an exceptionally mild climate and many fine hotels.

     The area was first settled by Ionian Greeks in about the 11th century BC who established the city of Smyrna, now Izmir city.  Following WWI the province was ceded to Greece, but was retaken by the forces of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the Turkish War of Independence.  As a result of the Treaty of Lausanne all non-Turkish and non-Muslim inhabitants of the province had to leave, and Izmir Province was incorporated into the modern republic of Turkey.

       It is a bit hazy this morning.   Susie is still in the suite.  Ray’s knee is no better and will go for an MRI when we get home.  This will be another easy day without a tour.  We decided to take a cab to the bazaar with Stanley.  We also saw the Agora.  The cab driver stayed with us in the Kemeralti Bazaar.  Everyone has so much inventory in their little shops.  The driving was crazy in the narrow streets.  Walkers beware.  We bought a few things but the taxi driver wanted us to buy a jacket or a rug from his friend.  The last picture is McDonalds.

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It cleared up a little by lunch.  I have to go back to the terminal to post this.  Tonight’s entertainment is Showdown again but we will go to it and see if someone different wins.

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