Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Turkey - 5

Hi, This post will cover our last day in Izmir.  We had a city tour in the morning and then the afternoon at leisure.  Our city tour began in the Clock Tower Square Ruthe and I visited the day before.  Our guide explained that the statue in the next 2 photos is of a journalist credited with being the spark that began the fight to form the Turkish Republic.

In 1918 the Ottoman Empire, as a result of being on the losing side at the end of WW I, was broken up and Turkey was occupied by the Allies.  In 1919 the man immortalized by the statue went up to an Allied soldier and shot him to death.  He was immediately taken into captivity, tried and executed.  The ensuing fighting  led to the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

This is a detail of one of the window areas of the Mosque in the square.

Children enjoyed watching and feeding the pigeons.

We then took our bus to the opposite side of the harbor and a ferry back to our starting point.  Here our ferry is arriving prior to our boarding.

This is a more modern ferry with the container port in the background.

After lunch Ruthe was tired and headed back to the hotel.  I took a long walk to the railroad station during which I took these photos.

These friends are enjoying tea outside a small cafe.

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  In the next post its on to Ephesus and beyond.

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