We left cold Istanbul and came south for an early taste of Spring. The first two days, we stayed near the city center and explored both old and new. Over three thousand years, Izmir saw the Hittite civilization, the Greek expansion, the Roman occupation, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Golden Age, and the Turkish Republic. Of these, the oldest ruins that are readily viewable come from the Roman Period. My photos capture some of the spirit, but they do not come close to the magnificence of the experience.
We moved to an apartment across the bay. From there we took a couple of day trips. One was down to Selcuk. The original city of Ephesus is found nearby.
It was interesting figuring out how to get to and from the ruins using city bus, metro, train, shuttle bus, and suburban train. We were lucky with clear skies at the ruins while the city of Izmir had showers all day. In the quiet recesses of the ruins I tried to imagine how the general merchants and workers lived during the first and second centuries of the Christian Era. What marks would I have left on the marble stones?