İZMİR…. @ Past Midnight

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Sunday 05 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Our stay in İzmir was at the end of July this year, so a pretty ‘warm’ time of year to say the least. It was also the end of Ramadan, as an interesting time where I was able to celebrate getting ‘out and about’ during daylight hours, after a month living mostly indoors. With garden and farm chores an all year round necessity, I still spent time out in the 115F (46F) heat, but limited as much possible, as when fasting for 16+ hours every day, dehydration is a big and serious concern.

So, anyway… we travelled to İzmir on the last day of fasting (I don’t mind driving while fasting, no problem there), and after the ‘family time’ of the first day of Eid, I was eager to get outdoors as much as possible, hence my pre-06:00 long morning walks, AND some ramblings to see life as it happened after midnight. 

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With the weather being so oppressively hot during the day, the city really comes to life after dark. These are a series of shots all taken between midnight and one in the morning!

As usual, click on any image to see an enlarged version.

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The parks and walkways down by the sea are packed, with young and old alike; families, lovers, people playing sports, drinking çay (tea) or just sat there, watching life go by.

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Without a tripod, the shots are a bit blurry I’m afraid, but worth sharing all the same I think; just to show how bizarre it all was at that time of night.

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There was, of course, plenty of food on offer too, in particular roasted corn-on-the-cob. This picture tries to capture the sparks from a small BBQ that was being ‘fanned’ to roast corn.

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It was almost one in the morning, but there were walkers, joggers; guys playing football, and kids flying kites too… in the dark!

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The roads were interesting too, with the usual array of young lads posing up and down in their noisy hot-hatches, as well as traditional horse and cart rides, buses, taxis and the ever-watchful police.

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Here’s wishing for a better camera… the view across the bay to the other side of İzmir.

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For other posts in this series on İzmir, click HERE !

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5 thoughts on “İZMİR…. @ Past Midnight

  1. imfsauthor says:

    Brings back lovely memories of Izmir by night. Always so lively! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Tiare Meegan says:

    Thanks for sharing…I had a lovely time in Turkey, and we never made it Izmir…maybe next time!

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  3. fredrieka says:

    When it is hot I just lay around. whew

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