When it comes to Izmir, most of us imagine a city with palm trees, beaches and much sunshine. Well, this is correct but one of the characteristics what makes Izmir so special is that the city offers you a spread of conditions and acitivities. Therefore you can enjoy snow sports in Izmir in winter as well as you enjoy watersports in summertime.
In december, I will post a series of snowy winter pictures taken in Bozdag, Ödemis, Izmir.
Yeni Foça (meaning "New Foça" in Turkish) is a very small town in the north of Izmir. Yeni Foça used to have its own municipality until early 2009 but now it is formally a neighbourhood of Foça province without an independence. For details about Yeni Foça please see Wikipedia page.
Asansör (Turkish for "elevator") is a building in Izmir's Karataş quarter, within the boundaries of the metropolitan district of Konak. It was built in 1907 as a work of public service by a wealthy Jewish banker and trader of that period, Nesim Levi Bayraklioglu, in order to ease passage from the narrow coastline of Karataş to the hillside, the elevator within the building serving to carry people and goods through the steep cliff between the two parts of the quarter.
In time, the small street that led to the building also came to be known under the same name, Asansör Street (Asansör Sokagi). In the 1940s, one of the residents of the street was the singer Dario Moreno, who was to attain fame later.
It was recently restored and since then, became one of the landmarks of Izmir. The street was renamed Dario Moreno Street in memory of the singer.