Every tour starts somewhere. My tour towards Ephesus (or Efes in Turkish) started from Izmir. Here two views from Izmir some 50 kilometers from Ephesus which also used to be important Greek city. Namely in Roman times it hold name Smyrna and was famous and succesful city because of it’s harbor.
View from hotel’s courtyard.
Here one can see the gulf of Izmir – and indeed city lives very much together with sea.
It’s late night but on the walkstreet near shore there are still lot of people walking.
General view from square near hotel.
View from up hotel balcony.
Panorama picture for change.
Everything looks little different in Morning light!
Near hotel is a crowded walk street – mainly used by tourist. And because we are on shores of Mediterranean there are always fishermen around.
There are several ferries picking workers and passagers on the other sides of bay.
View from nearby cafeteria. Looks just like in another European city.
Here you can actually feel the sea very strongly. How wonderful it must have felt for turkish tribes when they finally occupied this old fruitful and beautiful coastal area.
Some are fishing and some just spending time. Now and there are men with small botths selling something special to taste.
Buildings near coastal city area look very modern and fine. Izmir is fourth biggest city in Turkey and seems to be doing well.
Somewhere on the road between Izmir and Kusadasi.
Turkey is full of valleys and high hills or small rocky mountains. Here on right side one can see (if looks very carefully) an old turkish fortress on top of the hill.
Near St John’s church – still on the way to Kusadasi. Behind a Turkish castle.
And road leads through coastal areas from Selcuk to Kusadasi – some 30 minutes.
Finally in Kusadasi.
It’s an election day and there are flags everywhere.
Kusadasi is like every other Turkish coastal city. Soon after coast there are high hills where houses are built one By one.
Walking on the sunny beach walkstreet. And it’s hot.
Very nice beach. Even though city is small one can see right away that there are lot of tourist on sunny beach. And swimming…
People are just resting under the sun or swimming. But that’s not for me…I am too restless..
Yes there is a long nice beach towards southwest so sun is shining nicely till the evening dusk. And walking street near beach is very nice.
Some nice statue and people driving with motorcycle without helmet – as is custom here!
Yes very nice walk street with small shops nearby for tourist.
Lot of people walking on nice warm afternoon under palm trees and listening sound of sea vawes.
This house looks like old castle but it is actually hotel near beach. Probably made look like an old castle – not original one.
There are sqaures now and there where people are sitting and resting.
And of course there are mosques in the city.
Because city is build on the hill slopes there are lot of narrow streets climbing up.
As suitable in southern town there are many small cafeterias and booths all over – for tourists.
And as always it is impossible to get away without doing busines about Turkish carpets. Actually I liked the blue one.
Another mosque near shore.
Street view near bazaar area – it is time to get back to hotel.
And sun starts to set – and tourists are taking photos. Alone fishermen tries still hsi luck.
And sun set down under horizon also in the harbor.
It’s time to get into hotel and it’s terrace for dinner. Not bad in warm beautiful evening.
But still cars queue to the heart of city – after eight PM.
And moon rises over hotel in to the blue sky.
And the evening gets dark … and dinner is already eaten and tables get empty.
And beaches of Kusadasi rest in yellow lights when evening gets darker.
Terrace lights go down and only moon is left to shine in the sky. It’s time for me to go to rest. Next morning my journey takes me to Pamukkale and then back here. And then starts interesting part when one taxi driver from Kusadasi wants to drive me back to Izmir on the late evening. So I’ll drive back to Izmir with taxi in one hour – and price is reasonable. Not bad! Good driver!