I fell in love with Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city. It has a rich history of multiculturalism, as a result of its position as a major trade hub on the Aegean Sea, although it was a city with a major Greek population that was forced to move during the population exchange of the early 1920s. We had the entire day to ourselves to explore and relax, which was a nice change of pace from the rest of the trip. I walked with friends up and down the harbor, explored the Agora (market), and ate cheesecake and tea by the sea. Later there was an adventure involving a Turkish wedding and a birthday outing to a bar. In spite of the 6am wakeup call, we relished the loud music, expensive beer, and confetti rockets. Now that’s my kind of city.

Building in Culture Park
Turkish flag
Building in Izmir
Black carrot juice
Pomegranate stew
Fish for sale
Four girls by the sea
Overlooking the Aegean
Aegean Sea
Sunset in Izmir


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