On to Izmir


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September 20th 2010
Published: September 21st 2010
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Izmir

The train from Selcuk to Izmir was pleasant enough and terminates in central Izmir unlike the bus which terminates some miles out at the Otogar.

Izmir is hot. Car and truck fumes add to the sense of heat. Its a busy modern city with all the usual confusion that can bring. We had simit and some very, very nice cake from a baker (carrot and walnut cake - just moist enough and not too sweet).

We found a locally made kitchen range of ovens and hobs. This included a combination electric and gas hob, the whole range seemed to be modular, and looked to be akin to NEF stuff in quality.

The museums are closed on Monday

The bazar was neat.

Staying near Basmane train station has its drawbacks. There are a few bars open by 18.30. Most of them seem to offer services beyond beer and snacks. The hotel is fine though, the room is clean and seems secure, and is excellent value for money. Dinner was excellent and cost very little, and we found a bar that was pleasant enough for drinking and watching the evening pass by.



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