Turkish Delight


Today I arrived in Izmir, Turkey. I had done exactly zero research on this city so I did not know what I was in for. So far, it has been the highlight of my trip to Europe.

I started my day with a walk from the port along the waterfront to the Bazaar. Along the way there were countless Turkish soldiers and police gearing up and practicing for a parade. It was the biggest show of force I have ever seen and I felt a little uneasy to have my camera out. There were trucks with surface to air missiles, anti aircraft cannons, tanks and howitzers along with what looked like thousands of infantrymen. I managed to sneak a few shots that are definitely website-worthy.

Military Parade... Izmir, Turkey

Military Parade... Izmir, Turkey

Military Parade... Izmir, Turkey

Military Parade... Izmir, Turkey

At Attention... Izmir, Turkey

At Attention... Izmir, Turkey

At Ease... Izmir, Turkey

At Ease... Izmir, Turkey

From here I walked past Agora, an ancient site and then onto the Bazaar. The Bazaar was definitely worth the long walk, but not for the shopping. I started out my experience with an authentic Turkish coffee. I then asked the locals where I could get a shishe. He looked at me like I was from Mars until I explained what I meant and he smiled. He directed me to a very off the beaten track area of the Bazaar where only locals went. That is where I found my hidden gem.

Shopkeeper at the Bazaar... Izmir, Turkey

Shopkeeper at the Bazaar... Izmir, Turkey

Shishe in Turkish is called “Nargile”. I enjoyed another Turkish coffee with my Nargile and a large Sea Bass for lunch. I then tried a Turkish Tea to send my caffeine level into orbit. The entire thing cost me less than fifteen US dollars and my hands are still shaking as I type this blog five hours later!

"Nargile"

"Nargile"

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Chai

Turkish Chai

I have to say that the best places are the ones you expect to be anything but spectacular. Let’s just see if I can top my day today when I arrive in Istanbul tomorrow!


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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