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Minaret of the Konak Mosque, Izmir  
   

Minaret of the Konak Mosque, Izmir

Though this is one of the city's landmarks, cosmopolitan Izmiris don't seem to be particularly devout Muslims - we barely saw a headscarf in this town.
North Aegean: Ayvalik to Izmir

May 1st 2008
From Akcay it was a 50km, gently rolling ride to the town of Ayvalik, relatively quick but somewhat painful due to the level of traffic back on the big D550 highway. In Ayvalik we did a quick survey of in-town accomodations but then decided to head out to Alibey Island, a 10km ride across the harbor causeway from Ayvalik proper. After a pointless ride over the island's steep spine to the Lonely ... read more
Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ayvalik

Turkish Flag Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
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