Shitty Shitty Izmir

I came to Izmir to see Ephesus. And I did see Ephesus. And it was completely wonderful. I made the mistake of taking a guided tour… so I couldn’t stop to draw anything, or even really stand in wonder at what I was experiencing, but that’s ok.

Just look at it. It's wonderful.

Ephesus. Just look at it. It’s wonderful.

Izmir was perhaps less wonderful. I don’t know if it was just that I was starting to get worn down by the particular aspect of Turkish culture comprised of the most entrepreneurial–and pushy–of world renowned capitalists. (No thank you I am not interested in your carpet). But I will just say this: If you are going to the third largest city in a country that spans two continents, and it does not have any hostels, and is one of the most “politically active” cities in the country, you might be well advised to go see something else. Now, there are nice things, but you really have to look. I did run across a cool old Roman forum (finders keepers), and some really wonderful stone work. But at this point I was just content to sit in a park by the sea, and draw a “broken down piece of shit pier”.

The city of Izmir is perched right on the Mediterranean Sea, and is built right on top of the remains of Ancient Roman and Greek settlements. Apparently this is where Homer called home...

The city of Izmir is perched right on the Mediterranean Sea, and is built on top of the remains of Ancient Roman and Greek settlements. Apparently this is where Homer called home… This pier jutted strait out into the sea, and it needed a little bit of love…

Passage ways under the Roman Forum. A pleasant haven from the oppressive heat.

Passage way under the Roman Forum. A pleasant haven from the oppressive heat.

I don't know what this is, but it is pretty impressive non-the-less.

I don’t know what this is, but it is pretty impressive non-the-less.

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One thought on “Shitty Shitty Izmir

  1. I agree with your quick assessment of Ephesus. I visited there 30 some years ago. Imagine the skill level of those artisans thousands of years from today. Even piped in water (although the lead in those pipes, it is said, led to their demise. Interesting too that Ephesus used to be coastal!

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