Day 12: Walk around Izmir
Sleep in a normal bed after almost 2 weeks of sleep in a tent is especially strong :) We didn’t manage to sleep for a long time: the guy who sheltered us for the night, his name is Teksen, had to take an exam and close the apartment, so by 9 o’clock we had already left him.
Teksen told us what to see in Izmir and gave us a map of the city center. He also said that the most convenient way is to take the metro for 2 lira, but we decided to go by bike. Me and Teksen on the balcony of his house in Izmir.
During the day, the roads with a bunch of cars were no longer so frightening and we quickly drove to the city center, which is called Konak here. We drove for 40 minutes, I chose ordinary roads, not highways, and it was generally safe.
In konak we ended up in the cultural park, as it is called here, this is the largest park in Izmir. Kilometer probably from one end to the other.
After the park, we went to the embankment, where we saw fishermen, one of whom had just hooked some hefty fish, half a meter long. The truth could not pull out - broke.
Embankment of Izmir, its central part
Monument to the balance on the embankment
I took a photo of Grisha, but somehow I didn’t think about the monument, so he turned out to be a headless horseman) And a group photo at the same monument
View across the bay to Izmir
Monument to a fishing boat
Near the ferry pier there is such a turret
Having passed along the embankment, we got to the pier of the ferries that went between the shores of the bay in Izmir. At the box office, we were offered to cross for 13.5 lire for all of us. We paid and got on board with the bikes. From the water you can clearly see how big the city is. They do not like tall buildings and because of this the city occupies a large area.
The ferry was moving quickly and in half an hour had already landed us on the shore.
Our bikes on the ferry
We approach the opposite shore of the bay in Izmir
This part of Izmir also had a good view of the city.
I started to like the Turkish flag)
Motorway in the city
We are on the footbridge, on the embankment
We went to the old part of the city to look at the ancient mosques and the ruined castle on the mountain. By the time we were getting there, it was already getting dark, and we didn’t look around the castle for a long time and began to look for the way home, where we temporarily lived. We arrived without problems, I had already managed to get used to the city a little.
Typical street in Izmir
If I'm not mistaken, this is Agora
Old part of the city, old houses
View from one of the hills to the city
The stone face in the background is about 6 meters high
Izmir Fortress - not much left of it
90% of Izmir consists of such small houses
Just a photo of the flag...
Looks like the tallest building in Izmir on the left
For dinner, they prepared fried potatoes, but it turned out to be not enough and I went to look for a potato store. A cop stopped me on the street and asked for a passport, but when he found out that I was a tourist, he left me alone :) in Turkey, tourists are treated very well, this is a big plus for this country. After dinner, Grisha and I went for a walk around the city at night in the hope of finding a hammam - this is a Turkish bath. But they were not found and returned home. Tomorrow we will go out of town to the beach, because there are no beaches in the city and we will spend the night there. During the day we drove 48 km and gained 350 m of altitude.