phaeton- fayton is a living tradition in Karsiyaka. I know it well from my chilhood. Heavily decorated phaetons were providing transportation for Karsiyaka people. Nowadays they perform more touristic purposes but sometimes i still use phaetons. Bargain is impotant before you get on :)more
Izmir is the birthplace of world famous anciet poet HOMEROS - HOMERi the writer of Illiad and Odyssei epics...The Poet Homeros and the Meles RiverAlthough Homer never mentioned the city in his legends, all through ancient time, Smyrna, like any other city during that time, claimed Homer’s citizenship to the city and built an altar, and respected...more
Karsiyaka Pier is a landmark of Karsiyaka. Everyone knows this place and they use this place for everthing such as meeting each other, giving a road description or just hanging around. Year by year Pier's architecture has changed many times but in Karsiyaka people's mind it has a special place....more
Transportation and Communication:
E-5 motorway, which opened in all regions of our country and the railway built in 1865 pass through Karþýyaka. Ferry transportations from Karþýyaka to Konak, Alsancak, Pasaport, and Göztepe; car transportation by ferry to Üçkuyular are made. There are piers in Karþýyaka, Bayraklý and Bostanlý. Karþýyaka has ticket-sale offices of all bus companies, which organise long-distance transportations.
It's not a real custom but it's really common in Karsiyaka. In the summertimes, people of Karsiyaka like to walk on seafront and they spend their times by the seaside. In the morning or in the evening it doesnt matter. During their walk people like to eat kagit helva . I know this from my childhood. It's really fun esp for children. actually adults like to eat it as well. You can buy kagit helva from ice cream shops. You can eat it plain or you can ask to ice cream seller to make a sandwich for u. (kagit helva-ice cream - kagit helva)
great taste and it is still living.
On the picture my daughter Lidya likes to eat kagit helva in Karsiyaka-May 2005
Every wednesday there is a huge open air market in Bostanli. If you have time visit it. there are so many things. t-shirts, trousers, trainers, curtains, porcelain, wooden stuff, books, flowers etc...
My visit to Karsiyaka was short but the heart of the city is definitely the paved shopping street between the port and rail station. The small railway station looked really as part of the town centre and not as a line carving it up into two - at other towns and other locations rail lines or avenues create this "severance effect" but not there.
One must definitely try the small restaurants on one of the side streets, one next to the other, that serve a.o.t. "kokorec". I was expecting something like the Greek kokoretsi with the meat served on a dish but instead it was chopped, sandwiched and spicy.
Fondest memory: The long park along the coastline was so full of people enjoying the night out, it was really a friendly place. Sitting by the sea and gazing at the city lights of Izmir across the bay was really something to remember.