Lokma is a Turkish fried sweet dough, that is covered in a simple syrup. Served as a dessert.
When you visit Izmir and it's districts you can see people offers you Lokma. Dont be suprised accept this offer and enjoy your Lokma. (except patisseries. they sell lokma as a sweet) This is a tradition. When people have a loss (parents, friends etc) they serve lokam to neighbours, friends or people who pass by the door :) Person who accept the Lokma offer he suppose to pray for their loss or you can just say "take him to the heaven" thats all. worth to taste lokma anyway :))
Everyone in Turkey drinks tea day and night! I met a woman that drinks 10 glasses every day!! After two days I started to drink it too because I liked the small clear glasses that they serve it. I’ve been told that the deep red color of the tea called tavsan kany (rabbit blood!), another funny Turkish name (they like to give funny names for foods, sweets etc).
The Turkish tea is a form of black tea that is produced on the eastern Black Sea coast. In some tourist shops they serve tea to the customers but you have to know that most of the times this is not tea but apple juice! :)
Turkish coffee is a typical coffee in Balkan countries, in middle east and north Africa. The preparation is to boil some finely powdered roast coffee beans in a small pot, sometimes with sugar, and serving it into a small cup (like espresso in Italy), where the dregs settle.
Usually it served with cold water and a lokum. Watch out! Don’t drink it all! The thick layer of sludgy grounds at the bottom of the cup is left behind.
Traditionally, the pot is made of copper and has a wooden handle. It’s a good idea to bring back home a traditional small pot for Turkish coffee. Very typical local thing and useful too. I found many of them in the bazaar.
Shoes’ cleaning in the streets! I remember this custom from old greek movies but it’s really fun to see it in Turkey in our days. People still like to have clean black shoes. In Greece we prefer to buy new ones every 2 months! How stupid we are sometimes….
Anyway, another Turkish custom about shoes is this:
If you are invited into a Turkish house, remember to put off your shoes just outside or immediately inside the door. And of course have to put off your shoes when entering a mosque.
The camel caravan?
Our band had flown into an air base, then was being transported by bus into the city of Izmir. Seeing a large gathering of people, and a few camels, our bus driver pulled over to allow us the opportunity to see what was going on, and to perhaps get a few unusual photos. We were fascinated by the camels, having only seen them in American zoos prior to this. They appeared to be loaded down as if part of a desert caravan, but communications difficulties prevented us from learning what was really happening.
One thing was clear - these guys loved their animals, and treated them with more affection than I show my dog! Strangest of all was the sight of one man sharing a cigarette with his beast. Yes, the camel was smoking a cigarette. If you look closely at one of the photos attached, you will see the cigarette smoke coming out the camel's mouth.
A small coffee shop
When i saw this small coffee shop , i felt like i came before. I went this summer there and of course they had the most nice turkish coffee i drank in Izmir. It is near the central entrance of Kemeralti Bazzar , but i dont remember the name of this shop. I was so exciting that i was talking photos from every corner of the shop!:)
Clean your shoes..
This is a very old custom, which we also had in Greece, but now it disappeared. But in Turkey still you may see very often on the roads people that they clean shoes. This photo is from Kizlaragazi han, the old Bazzar of Izmir.
turkish beverage and drinks
Cay (Tea): Cay is the most preferred drink of the Turks along with the traditional Turkish coffee. It is almost everywhere, every time, either during daytime or in the evening. Turkish tea is served in delicate, small clear glasses to show the deep red color, called tavsan kany (rabbit blood)..
Ayran: A delicious drink made out of yogurt, diluted with water, salted, and must be served cool. It is very much valued by Turks and is the perfect accompaniment to kebap.
Raki, the national alcoholic drink of Turks has a high degree alcohol and should not be consumed quickly. Most people drink it by mixing it with water. Colorless raký turns milky white when mixed with water. They fill 1/3 of their glass with raký then add water and finally ice. Ice is never put in the glass first. If raký is met with ice before water, it crystallizes and the taste changes. Some people drink raký straight. In addition the raký should be cold. It is customary to eat meze (various foods served in small plates) while drinking raký. Raki is also famous in Crete island (Greece) and it is server with the same way.
It is known that for muslims alcohol is forbidden, for their religion.
Known as turkish delight, "Lokum" is a sweet made from sugar, water and starch. A good Lokum keeps its freshness at least six months. As they say good Lokum won't make you thirsty, even after eating 8-10 pieces!!!! Perfect combination with turkish coffee.
Evil Eye Beads
They are blue, yellow and white coloured beads, in various traditional forms, made from glass. They have been made in Anatolia for thousands of years. They are believed that protect people from the evil eye.
The office of the tourist information is located near the Hilton in Izmir, where the busses leave for Adnan Menderes. A nice lady will inform you over all kind of pensions and hotels in the city. I will complete this with adress soon.
Festivals, Olimpiads etc.
6th Liberty Celebrations 1 -10 September / ÝZMÝR
Triatloon 1 -30 September / ÝZMÝR
September 4 Liberty Celebrations 4 September / ÝZMÝR
Liberty Celebrations and Fig Festival 7 September / ÝZMÝR
September 9 Culture, Art and Liberty Celebrations 7 -9 September / ÝZMÝR
September 9 Ýzmir-Bornova Liberty Feast 9 September / ÝZMÝR
Liberty 11 September / ÝZMÝR
Foça's Liberty Day 11 September / ÝZMÝR
Assembled Marriage Ceremony 12 September / ÝZMÝR
Bergama's Liberty Day 14 September / ÝZMÝR
Karþýyaka Festival 15-30 September / ÝZMÝR
Mordoðan Liberty Celebrations 16 September / ÝZMÝR
Liberty Celebrations 17 September / ÝZMÝR
Medical Dental Optics and Laboratory Equipments Fair 20-23 September / ÝZMÝR
Verona Marble Fair 27-30 September / ÝZMÝR
Çaylý Rahvan Horse Races 1 -31 October / ÝZMÝR
Pet § Flora (Evcil Hayvan and Bahçe Bitkileri Fair 4 -7 October / ÝZMÝR
Ýzmir Tourism Fair 11-14 October / ÝZMÝR
Hotel Equipment Fair 11-14 October / ÝZMÝR
Þirince Grape Harvest and Wine Festival 14 October / ÝZMÝR
Construction Fair 1 -4 November / ÝZMÝR
3 T (Machinery and Automation Fair) 22-25 November / ÝZMÝR
Human Rights Award Ceremony 1 -31 December / ÝZMÝR
Souvenir (Souvenir and Hobby) Fair 14-30 December / ÝZMÝR
Loyalty to Atatürk Road Run 24-30 December / ÝZMÝR
Festivals, Olympiads etc.
Cherry Festival 21-27 May / ÝZMÝR
Food Fair 24-27 May / ÝZMÝR
International Group Psychotheraphy Symposium 25-27 May / ÝZMÝR
Peninsula Games 1 -30 June / ÝZMÝR
Cherry and Sapling Festival 4 -10 June / ÝZMÝR
34th International Selçuk-Efes Culture Art and Tourism Festival 15-30 June / ÝZMÝR
Peninsula Game Organization 16-20 June / ÝZMÝR
Alaçatý International Child and Youth Theater Festival 18-24 June / ÝZMÝR
International Water Products, Beekeeping, Aqua Culture, Business and Tec. 21-23 June / ÝZMÝR
Sýðacýk Street Feast 1 -31 July / ÝZMÝR
Youth Activity Center Activities 1 July-31 August / ÝZMÝR
Blue Sea Green Dikili Culture and Art Festival 1 July-31 August / ÝZMÝR
International Culture, Art and Tourism Festival 1 July-31 August / ÝZMÝR
Plum and Okra Festival 9 July / ÝZMÝR
Çandarlý Kaleiçi Culture and Art Festival 20-22 July / ÝZMÝR
Shoe Industry Machine and Accessory Fair 1 -31 August / ÝZMÝR
Mordoðan Summer Festival 1 -31 August / ÝZMÝR
Urla Grape Harvest Celebrations 1 -31 August / ÝZMÝR
Traditional Hamzababa Aþure Celebrations 20-26 August / ÝZMÝR
Ýef 26 August-3 September / ÝZMÝR
Ýzmir International Fair 26 August-10 September / ÝZMÝR
Assembled Circumcision Feast 31 August / ÝZMÝR
Labor and Peace Celebrations 1 -3 September / ÝZMÝR
Liberty Celebrations 1 -8 September / ÝZMÝR
Festivals, Olympiads etc.
Camel Wrestling Olympiad 1 -31 January / ÝZMÝR
Camel Wrestling Festival 21 January / ÝZMÝR
Uður Mumcu Coastline Run 24 January / ÝZMÝR
Shoe Industry Machine and Accessory Fair 8 -11 February / ÝZMÝR
Bride, Groom and Dowry Fair 14-18 February / ÝZMÝR
March 8 World Women's Day 8 March / ÝZMÝR
Marble Original Stones and Technologies Fair 29 March-1 April / ÝZMÝR
Football Tournament 1 -30 April / ÝZMÝR
Traditional Ulukent Wrestling 1 -30 April / ÝZMÝR
Rahvan Horse Races 2 -8 April / ÝZMÝR
International Bergama Fair 4 -10 April / ÝZMÝR
Book Fair 7 -15 April / ÝZMÝR
Atatürk's Arrival to Bergama 13 April / ÝZMÝR
International April 23 Karþýyaka Child Feast 18-24 April / ÝZMÝR
April 23 Menemen International Feast Festival 19-24 April / ÝZMÝR
International Feast Feast 20-27 April / ÝZMÝR
Furniture, Decoration and Carpet Fair 24-29 April / ÝZMÝR
April 23 Child Bairam Poetry and Composition Competition 27 April / ÝZMÝR
Turkish Music Feast 1 -31 May / ÝZMÝR
Kite Feast 1 -31 May / ÝZMÝR
strawberry Festival 7 -13 May / ÝZMÝR
Compotek Bilgisayar Fair 9 -13 May / ÝZMÝR
Ýzmir International Plastic and Ambalaj Makinalarý Fair 10-13 May / ÝZMÝR
Plateau Hiking 13 May / ÝZMÝR
Narlýdere Youths and and Flower Festival 18-20 May / ÝZMÝR
Youths Feast 19 May / ÝZMÝR
May 19 Youths Feast 19 May / ÝZMÝR
Cherry and Youths Feast 19 May / ÝZMÝR
Theater Feast Between Highschools 20-31 May / ÝZMÝR
The excavations at Bayrakli have unearthed a temple dedicated to Athena and the wall of the Ionian city which flourished here between the seventh and fifth centuries B.C. Pottery dating to the third millennium B.C. has also been uncovered.
On Kadifekale, Mt. Pagos, stand the impressive ruins of a castle and its walls, built by Lysimachus in the reign of Alexander the Great, which still dominate Izmir today. The castle offers an excellent vantage point to enjoy the magnificent view over the Gulf of Izmir.
The Agora, or marketplace, in the Namazgah Quarter was originally constructed during the rule of Alexander the Great. What remains today, however, dates from the rebuilding under Marcus Aurelius, after the devastating earthquake of 178 A.D.
The Sirinyer and Yesildere Aqueducts, two examples of Roman engineering which span the Meles River, supplied Izmir's water throughout Byzantine and Ottoman eras.
An 18th century Ottoman inn, the Kizlaragasi Han, a fine example of the architecture of the period, is being restored to its former state.
The symbol of Izmir, the Saat Kulesi, or clock tower, stands in Konak Square, in the heart of the city. A gift from the Sultan Abdulhamid, and built in 1901, it is decorated in an elaborate, late Ottoman style.
Recently restored old houses fill the old quarter known as Karatas.
Hydraulic elevators, Asansor, provide access between the lower and upper streets and are now being reconstructed. The internationally renowned singer, Dario Moreno, had a house in this district that is being restored for conversion into a museum.
If you find yourself on Havra Sokak, notice the old buildings and synagogues.
Hisar Mosque is the largest and oldest in Izmir. Build in the 16th century, with restorations in the 19th century, it has a delightful interior with an interesting mimber (pulpit) and mihrab( altar).