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Jun 15, 2014 - Gobelli and Roman Ruins

Up at 6:00 and put our bags outside the door and down to a buffet breakfast. Spicy over hard egg on mushroom and some other stuff – not spectacular. A couple of the beetles from the night before were on the floor (and on the pool deck and pretty much in a lot of places). Then back to the room, collected out stuff, and down to the bus for a long ride to Izmir. As we started out on the trip Neslie, the guide, apologized and said that there were not two weddings the night before. On the roof was a graduation party from a local secretarial...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Izmir - Turkey

Turkey’s third largest city and one of the oldest in the world with a history which stretches back over 8,500 years. I set off on foot to walk the 3km to Konak Square. As I rounded the first bend to walk the long promenade I came across a few army tanks ………. then soldiers, police ………….. fire engines, ambulances ……………… by now my concerns are rising as I remembered a few years ago finding myself in the middle of a procession with the riot squad in Paris and experiencing tear gas. There has also been travel advisory warnings to avoid...

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Where is Shirley?

Sep 14, 2013 - 2nd Fun Day at Sea

Saturday was a full day at sea as we cruised from Turkey to Sicily. John awoke early and went to the gym for a workout. When Connie woke up it was obvious she had caught the sniffles so John went up to the Lido deck to bring breakfast back to the cabin. After breakfast Connie and Judy walked the track up on deck nine while Doug and John played deck shuffle. After lunch we did a little soaking in the hot tub and enjoyed a little sun. The evening dining experience was the second of two Elegant Cruise nights; we dressed in our best duds and...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Izmir, Turkey

The ship arrived in Izmir, Turkey at 7:00 am, Izmir is the 3rd largest city in Turkey and has a population of 4 million. We were on our tour bus by 7:15. Ours was the only ship in port at this point so the whole process of loading the tour buses went much more quickly and efficiently at this port. Our tour guide, Fehmi, was much better prepared. He is a school teacher and works as a tour guide on weekends and fulltime through the summer months. His teaching experience was obvious throughout our tour. He knew what questions to anticipate, he...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Izmir

This morning we caught a Dolmus (small bus) from outside our campground into Izmir for TL10 each. So much for my thoughts that we’d conclude our business in a couple of hours and have time to do some sightseeing! The bus dropped us some 15minutes from Konak Square, our destination, so we caught a taxi for TL24. I had tried to find out by email and internet (Izmir Yabancilar Sube) how to extend our Turkish visas from 3 months to 6 months (the time we have to have Homer out of the EU to comply with the UK VAT law so we don’t have to pay it),...

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May 28, 2012 - Travel home

Travel day... Woke up at three to pee and discovered that we had no electricity.  Laid in bed and worried until 4:45.  Then everyone woke up and we called the desk and magic...the electricity comes on!  Only problem is that my iPad was not fully charged.  No explanation as to what happened.  Shuttled to the airport at 5:45, got our boarding passes, ate our hotel-provided breakfast, and flew to Munich, Germany, eating another breakfast!  Found our way through mazes of security checks and more boarding passes (tried to smile my way into an...

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Sheeon Year 2012

May 26, 2012 - last day

At 7:30 we were off to the Izmir airport...and our great driver and guide dropped us off right at our airport hotel! And our rooms were ready for us at 8:30 in the morning...and they are wonderful and upscale with down comforters and air and coffee in the room! Again, life is good! Now we had no guide and were on our way to downtown Izmir (3.5 million) needing to take the train. The hotel shuttled us to the nearest train station. We got our tickets from a young attendant who could speak no English. It was so confusing and the young man was...

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Sheeon Year 2012

Apr 23, 2012 - Kusadasi to Izmir

Another day, another ancient city. This time it was the Ancient Roman city of Ephesus. Once again it is a marvel at what could be built so many thousands of years ago and how people have restored and recreated the site. It was definitely a highlight so far. Some of the ruins have more restoration than the other places we visited but the total site is unbelievable giving one an excellent sense of what the entire city looked like. On either side are the mountains and not too far away is the sea (apparently it is further away now than in Roman...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Dec 11, 2011 - Izmir, Turkey

Today we stopped in Izmir, Turkey. It is a city of over 4 million people. The traffic is something that we would never want to experience on our own. We took a tour to Ephasus, which is about 60 kilometers away. In Ephasus we toured St John's church, where St John was buried. We also went to the Virgin Mary's house. Mary lived on top of a mountain after Jesus crucifixion. There are quite a few homes on the mountain with Mary's house. In addition, there is a spring on top of the mountain near Mary's house. Mary lived her last days drinking...

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Oct 25, 2011 - in the boonies

Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) is the travel company who arranged the Turkey tour we are taking. They have similar tours all over the world, focusing on small group travel and more than the traditional tourist experience. As part of their program they take a percentage of the proceeds they earn and adopt schools in disadvantaged areas. Today we flew from Istanbul to Izmir and drove to a small town of about 1,000 people to visit one of these adopted schools, bring some gifts we had brought from home, and have lunch with the local folks....

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Aug 17, 2010 - If this is Tuesday, this must be Izmir

August 17 - Tuesday We stayed on the boat today. There was no place next to the docking area for tourists, and we didn't go on any excursions here. This city is very industrial from the view we have. The sky is hazy and there is a lot of litter floating in the water. Too bad. However, it is lovely on the boat. We basically explored the ship and enjoyed our balcony. We didn't take any pictures.

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May 12, 2010 - Cappadocia to Izmir

Enjoyed a relaxing morning on the terrace of our hotel until we were picked up for the transfer to Kayseri airport for our flight to Izmir, on the west coast of Turkey. Kayseri is a city of almost 1 million people, yet its airport has only one gate and about 1 flight each hour. We didn’t have to wait on the runway for seventeen planes to take off before we could leave. Glen’s impressions of Cappadocia 1. Pigeons are everywhere. The pigeon is a holy bird 2.People are very welcoming 3.Is Muslim sommelier an oxymoron? We loved Lemi, the...

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