The lively town of Kusadasi on Turkey’s west coast is dominated by package tourists from all across Europe and offers plenty to do for all ages. As I wrote in my earlier post, my first impression of Kusadasi was not the best ever, as the town is too touristy and busy for my taste, but on a positive note there are however lots of interesting things to see and do hidden behind the scenes so you just have to go out there and explore! Continue reading
Definitely the highlight of Izmir! Locals advised me to stay away from Kadifekale. They said Kadifekale is too dangerous. They did not tell me why or maybe they did but it was completely lost in translation as not many locals in Izmir speak English. So I was left wondering why? Why should I avoid Kadifekale? The first things that crossed my mind were: Drugs? Guns? Criminal activity? Mafia? I did do some research and found a few Continue reading
Even though I did not fully fall in love with Izmir, Turkey’s third city, I did find the city a very intriguing melting pot of east and west, old and new, traditional Turkey and modern Mediterranean Europe.Izmir is loaded with hustle and bustle, noise and odour. What amazed me the most was the amount of Continue reading
From bustling bazaars to ancient attractions and shimmering Aegean Sea, Izmir has a lot to do and see. 2–3 days is plenty to explore the highlights of Izmir city, after which you will be ready to experience what the province of Izmir has to offer. I have compiled a list of best things to see and do in Izmir to add to your itinerary and make the most of your visit to Izmir, Turkey’s third city. Continue reading
Kemeralti is a historical market area of Izmir, the lively heart and soul of the city, where you can enjoy hustle and bustle 7 days a week. Izmir’s Kemeralti bazaar dating back to the 17th century is similar to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.The market stretches over a large area from Konak Square all the way through to the ancient Agora. In the bazaar area you can try to navigate by looking for the minarets of the main mosques, which lie in the centre of the district. I opted to forget maps, map apps and minarets because getting lost in the narrow alleyways Continue reading
Izmir. You may be familiar with this city but I had absolutely no idea about the existence of this Turkey’s third largest city until last summer when I impromptu booked a one-way flight to Izmir. I really was not that picky about the destination as I just wanted to travel anywhere warm within Europe, preferably the Mediterranean. My flight to Izmir was not the cheapest ever but Izmir seemed to be a good starting point for my adventures around Turkey and the Greek archipelago.
Where is Izmir located? How to get to Izmir?
Izmir, in antiquity known as Smyrna, is located by the waters of the Gulf of Izmir on the west coast of Turkey, the Aegean Sea at its front and mountains on its back. Izmir can easily be reached by any Continue reading
Year 2017 is slowly coming to an end, and as always this time of the year I would like to take a moment and look back at my travel highlights of the past year before heading off to new adventures in 2018.
Once again I have to say that it has been one heck of a crazy year. It has been super busy and extremely long hours at work. This means that unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to travel as much as I would have loved to. I wish I could just do nothing but travel and chillax in the sun. But how realistic is that? Anyways, without further ado, let’s look back at the highlights of my adventures in 2017 both near and far.In January freezing cold arctic weather conditions and Continue reading
Many of you already know that this summer I travelled solo around Turkey for the most amazing 2 months. I discovered bustling cities, quiet small villages, lush green mountains, turquoise seas, golden beaches, ruined ancient cities, Unesco World Heritage Sites and so much more. I was totally blown away by Turkey’s beauty and the wealth of historical and natural attractions. I cannot wait to share all my exciting adventures with you guys but before I do that I would like to Continue reading