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    • Day 23

      Döner for Lunch

      September 25, 2023 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 86 °F

      Mui and I had errands to run in Kemeraltı, the shopping area in İzmir’s Konak District. We decided to first have lunch before going about our business and invited Deniz to join us.

      Döner literally refers to the fact that the meat it is grilled on a rotating spit. The thinly sliced meat is then served over pita bread. It is a traditional — and very popular — kebab dish in Türkiye that dates back to the Ottoman Period. The Greeks refer to it as gyro. Others call the dish shawarma.

      Our favorite place for döner is a small restaurant on a side street in Kemeraltı — Özev İskender Döner Kebap … the İskender part of the name referring to the way it is served with yogurt and tomato sauce … liberally doused with brown butter at the table. Our order was preceded by a crisp salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, and rocket served with a drizzle of olive oil and tart pomegranate syrup … and we washed it all down with ayran, a traditional drink made with watered down yogurt. Delicious 😋
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    • Day 25


      May 23 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Besuch der letzten großen Stadt in der Türkei von unserer Reise.
      Izmir ist zwei geteilt, einen älteren Teil, in dem sich der bekannte Kemeralti Basar befindet und der moderne Teil mit vielen Hochhäusern.
      Der Basar in Ismir ist ein ganzes Stadtviertel, viele Gassen, in denen man sich auch verlaufen könnte.
      Zu kaufen gibt es hier alles, also kräftig handeln und Spaß dabei haben 😅
      Nicht weit von der Altstadt entfernt ist der historische Fahrstuhl. Ein muss wenn man Izmir besucht! Dieser Fahrstuhl wurde 1907 gespendet um den ärmsten 155 Stufen zu ersparen um zu ihren Häusern zu gelangen.
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    • Day 48

      Konak Square

      May 5, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      From the Agora, Mui and I headed into Kemeraltı, the shopping district, and grabbed some döner for lunch from Özev, the restaurant Murat took us to a few days ago.

      Then, we meandered to Konak Square to reach the waterfront for the stroll back to Alsancak.

      There are two iconic structures in the square.

      One is the Konak Mosque, which has a rather unique octagonal floor plan. The exterior of the windows are banded with tiles from Kütahya, a Turkish province that is famous for its tile works. The mosque, which dates back to 1748, has been restored several times ... most recently in 1964.

      The other structure in the square is the historic Clock Tower, which was inaugurated in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Sultan Abdul Hamid II's accession to the throne. The top was destroyed twice during earthquakes, most recently in 1974. The tower, considered the symbol of the city and the province, underwent restoration in 2019.
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