Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

TURKEY: Day trip to Tire’s Tuesday Market

Tire’s market has been around for more than 600 years, and up to 30 thousand people visit every. More than 1700 sellers display their goods from nearby villages, including fresh produce, herbs, flowers, cheeses, and oils. The handmade textiles produced by Tire’s village ladies are also beautiful.

90 kilometers away from Izmir (just 60 from Kusadasi), Tire holds a farmers market held in the downtown area every Tuesday. This market carries the distinction of being one of Turkey’s largest outdoor market and it’s fame brings day tours like our to see what there is to offer. Alongside the local vegetables and fruits, visitors can find clothes, houseware, blankets/sheets, and even electronics. Farmers come from several villages nearby selling their products.

Different than other farmers market you would also see:

  • Handmade goods such as scarves and tablecloths
  • Dainty jewellery made from Point Lace
  • Beledi Weaving
  • Felt Makers and clothing products that use a blend of silk and felt.
  • Handmade saddle for horses and donkeys. (Probably we are the last generation who would see this) 

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market

If time, visit the Tire Museum:

While we did not visit, the Tire Museum founded in 1935 is said to be well curated and informative. Two halls display earthware, coins, and other artifacts from 3500 BC and 1100 AD as well as jewelry, carpets, clothing, war items and other everyday wear from Ottoman times.  If time allows, visit the museum for a quick look through to learn more about the history of Tire. The museum is open every day except Monday from 8:30-5:30 (closed for lunch between 12:30-1:30).

Lunch at Kaplan Restaurant:

Like most cities in Turkey, Tire boasts about it’s special ‘Kofte’ (meat patty made of beef and lamb). After our time at Tire Market, our IWAI group traveled up to the top of the mountain to eat at a well-known local restaurant, Kaplan Hill Restaurant. The meal started with mezes, appetizers which included their well-know greens, some cooked with garlic then chilled. Another carrot based meze stood out as my favorite. For the main course, we enjoyed the area’s famous Tire Kofte. If you prefer not to eat meat, as for their local dish of greens and eggs, served hot. Dessert in Tire uses a special Lor Cheese (soft, uncured cheese like Ricotta) topped with black mulberry jam.

 

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market Kaplan Restaurant

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market Kaplan Restaurant

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market Kaplan Restaurant

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market Kaplan Restaurant

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market Kaplan Restaurant

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market Kaplan Restaurant

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Tire Tuesday Market Kaplan Restaurant

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In short, the Tuesday Market gives an excellent guide for Turkish shopping, culture, and history.

How to travel to Tire Market:  

Tire is also accessible by train from Izmir Basmane Train Station. It takes 1.5 hours for the train to go to Tire from Izmir through several villages and towns.

 

Questions for you:

Have you been to Tire, Turkey?

Have you visit the Tire Tuesday Market (Salı Pazarı)?

If, so what did you like about it? What did you buy?

 

 

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2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

TURKEY: Day out on the sea lookbook

Mondays can be busy and overwhelming to the senses. You want to start the week off right and avoid distractions… find some flow for your work. So in honor of busy Mondays everywhere, today I bring you a wordless lookbook reminiscing some warm summer days!

But before you start, just a quick explanation. Turkey has a huge coastline! The north, west, and south all border major seas. One of the best summer day trips is renting a boat with friends and taking a small tour (about 5 stops) along parts of the coast. This tour was with Teos Tur out of Sağıcık, a city on the southwest coast.

After meeting our captain about 9 am, we headed out for the day stopping along different coves and enjoying the landscapes. At each stop there is time to swim, explore, sunbath, and snorkel. Definitely bring your water games, snorkeling gear, and floaties!

The captain provides tea and coffee, but we bring any food we would like to eat throughout the day. Our group decided to only do lunch together (although the Turkish way would be to do breakfast and lunch). Our friends brought kofte(meatballs) and kebabs from the local butcher that the captain grilled for us when we were ready. Everyone brought a dish to share: bread, fruit, salad, etc. It also happened to be just before Jason’s birthday this year. We brought a cake to celebrate. Nothing fancy, but it is always fun to have a mid-day meal in your swimsuit between the dips in the sea!

Enjoy our day on the Aegean sea! (P.S.- If you like this, then you will love listening in to our podcast episode about our sailing trip along the Mediterranean coast!)

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

2017 Catie FunkTravels Izmir Turkey Deniz Boat Day

 

EVENTS: 2017 Izmir Coffee Festival

On October 13-15, 2017, the 2nd annual Izmir Coffee Festival was held at the Izmir Arena. I recently recap our experience from the first ever Izmir Coffee Festival. The same organizers, Next Organization and Ateş Prodüksiyon, of private festivals (also planned the Izmir Chocolate Festival), have continued to produce an even better festival this year. Tickets were 38 TL each for a 1-day pass or 76 TL for a 3-day entry.

Like I mentioned, coffee is no stranger to Turkish culture. Turkish coffee is long steeped in Turkish tradition. Specialty coffee, however, is on the rise! Almost 10 years later, Turkey is home to lots of little startups for coffee roasting and small coffee shops serving not only filtered coffee but also options for pour-overs, Chemex, and AeroPress. In our neighborhood alone I can find 5-6 different coffee shops to enjoy my favorite way to drink coffee! Many of them do their own roasting too.

The first day of the coffee festival was PERFECT. The weather was a breezy, sunny 73 degrees. While last year was crowded and the layout of venues was too close together, this year the layout of shops were much improved giving the guests room to move with ease and vendors more room to work.More vendors were placed outdoors and the whole of the outdoor space better utilized.

 

Like last year, I anticipated most booths to represent coffee companies, and it proved to be true this year as well. Of course, we made sure to stop by Jason’s favorite afternoon workplace, RAF – Roast and Found, and enjoy our first latte from them. The soon to open LessOrdinary Coffee sold one of my favorites of the festival, a Coffee Sangria for 25 TL. I was surprised at the number of Istanbul representatives such as Arabica Trading House Roasters that service to coffee shops like the new Story Coffee in Istanbul. By far, the most intrigue coffee item at the coffee festival was the Nitro Brew coffee. This carbonated cold brew looks similar to beer in color, but definitely, keeps its taste!

Several small businesses sold miscellaneous items to give the guests some diversity. I met the owner of Basic Jewel again from last years festival. I love her simple yet unique design for pendants and earrings. A couple of new favorites were pastries from Leone Patisserie and Boulangerie and sweet delicious spread from Dulce La Leche in Assos, Turkey. Towards the back of the area, the festival provided an amazing play area for kids! Lounge chairs lined the coast so guest could relax with a gorgeous view of the Izmir’s bay. If you fancy learning more about coffee, the festival offered workshops and held seminars on different topics related to coffee.

 

 

When to go

For those who want to visit for the whole day, Saturday and Sunday would give you a full day of wandering the area and watching performers such as DJs, dance instructors, and sports instructors. The program rotates performers on a central stage with a large area to sit and enjoy your purchases and free coffee samples. But if you enjoy lesser crowds, go early the first day as well as first thing Saturday and Sunday morning!

List of activities and services:

– Catering, tasting, cupping
– concerts and music concerts, interviews (pre-registration for some interviews)
– Workshops (Pre-registration is available for some workshops.)
– Children’s play areas, adult play areas, close up shows
– Sports events, dance shows, latte show shows,
– Street art performances, contests, and surprise gifts
– Recreation areas
– Selfie area

We are excited to head back to the 2018 festival and see what they have in store for guest next year!

 

For more information: 

Website: http://coffeefestivalizmir.com

Address: 1649 Sokak No: 107 Turan – Bayraklı / İZMİR

Telephone: 0 232 382 2 382 & 0 232 382 38 28

 

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EVENTS: Arkas Sanat Merkezi’s Landscape of Water Exhibition

From September 20 to December 29, 2017, Arkas Art Center (Arkas Sanat Merkezi) is hosting Landscapes of Water (Su Manzaraları) collection. As a member of the IWAI, I attended with a group of ladies on a special guided tour to hear about the collection. You may remember this groups from last year’s Christmas Bazaar or our outing to the Costumn Museum in Doğanbey and Priene.

Located in a beautiful sea view side the French Honorary Consulate Building, the Arkas Art Center was created with the art-lovers in mind sharing collections and art interest with others as the wish of Mr. Lucien Arkas, the President of the Board of Directors of Arkas Holding. The building itself has a long history.  Construction of the building started in 1825 and took about 10 years to complete. Throughout the next 100 years, the structure has survived several earthquakes and an even a couple of fires.

 

The French Government assigned the building to be used for a 20 year period for cultural and artistic purposes, and after renovations, opened in 2011. Now it is one of the first centers in Izmir that has hosted international painters.

Spanning throughout the 10 exhibition rooms over 2 floors, Landscapes of Water contain landscape paintings dating from the first half of the 19th century to the second half of the 20th century.  The paintings represented several artistic movements such as such as the Barbizon School, Impressionism, Symbolism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Expressionism. Artist represented include works of Eugéne Boudin, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Maurice de Vlaminck, Francis Picabia, Henry Lebasque, and Hippolyte Camille Delpy, among others.

The Arkas Art Center says:

Landscapes of Water “reflects” the historical evolution of the pictorial medium over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you will find the remarkable They invite the viewer on a fabulous odyssey through diverse geographic areas, from the banks of the Seine and the Scottish lakes to the summits of the Alps, by way of the warm light of the Mediterranean, the North Sea and the rivers of Europe.”

Being my first art gallery viewing in Izmir, I found the gallery to be well-maintain and beautifully displayed. I found the impressionist pieces to be some of my favorite, similar to a Monet type of painting. Both upstairs and downstairs are projector screen which brings the paintings and movement of the sea to life. I found an area for children to color their own painting to match the ones on display. A favorite of everyone was a luminous sunset painting that looked as if it was glowing, but instead just showed the power of colors and the impressive creations of an artist with oil paints, a canvas, and a brush.

 

 

How to get there:

The center does not have any private parking. From the Alsancak Ferry, the center is about a 12-minute walk West along the coast. From the Pasaport Ferry, it is a 7-minute walk East along the coast.

Entrance Information:

Entrance is free. Lockers are available for large bags, belongings, jackets, umbrellas, etc. on the ground floor.

Tours:

Free guided tours are provided in Turkish or English for a minimum of 5 people upon request on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Tours for children are also available in similar form. See information below for contact details and operating hours.

 

For more information:

ARKAS ART CENTER

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00  (Entrance Free)
Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00  (Entrance Free)

Website: http://www.arkassanatmerkezi.com

Address: 1380 Sokak No:1 Alsancak, İzmir

Phone: + 90 (232) 464 66 00, + 90 (232) 464 60 06

For Guided Tour Reservations:  0232 464 66 00

Email: [email protected]

 

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2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

EVENTS: Ballet at the Ancient Theater of Ephesus

In September, we attended 1 of the 3-part annual “İzmir Efes Opera and Ballet Days” (Devlet Opera ve Balesi Genal Müdürlüğü) sponsored by the T.C. Culture and Tourism Ministry (T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı). The festival is part of a country-wide initiative to preserve and promote opera and ballet arts in Turkey.  They are not only held in Ephesus but also other major cities throughout the country.

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The first of the 3 part series began with the  “Gala Concert”, on Saturday, September 16. At the concert, the İzmir State Opera Orchestra performed pieces as well as accompanied an Italian soloist, Soprano Daniela Cappiello, and tenor, Gianluca Terranova. The second part on September 19, the Istanbul State Opera performed compositions from the 18th century, influenced by Ottoman culture and life in Europe. The closing performance, a ballet of “Romeo and Juliet,” was held on September 22 accompanied by a live orchestra.

At 30 Turkish Lira (approximately $8) a ticket, an event in the ancient theater of Ephesus is actually affordable to the general public. We definitely took advantage of attending at least one event! While we purchased our tickets quite easily online, our seats were not specified to any location in the theater. I heard some of our friends purchased their tickets for 15 TL from another source. Even others were about to purchase tickets with reserved seating.

Tips and tricks: The performance is (literally) in a 2,000-year-old theater made of stones and marble, and I suggest for your comfort to bring pillows for your seats! Also, blankets will keep you warm if the evening becomes a little chilly and windy.  Since there is only 1 way in and out and limited parking in the lower arena of Ephesus, get there early and be patient when leaving! We had a rental car, but there are plenty of taxies available for transport.

Since the ballet didn’t start until 9 pm, we decided to make a weekend of it and stayed Friday night in the Ayasoluk Hotel and Restaurant in the nearby city of Selçuk. The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, we spent the day exploring the House of the Virgin Mary, the Grotto of the Seven Sleepers, and the Basilica of St. John before heading back to Izmir.

Seeing Ephesus at night was a rare treat I hope everyone can enjoy at least once!

 

2017Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

For more information: 

İZMİR EFES OPERA AND BALLET DAYS

Website: http://www.dobgm.gov.tr/opera2013/menu.aspx

Address: Ephesus Antique Theater

When: Every September

 

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