One woman's insight into her daily life and some 'adventures'.............cooking, collecting, travels etc. With a lil' bit of this and that...........

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Izmir Turkey

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I'm showing Izmir Turkey and some of the "outdoor' workers that are there everyday of the week.......trying to make a living. I posted some of the various jobs. Trust me it gets extremely hot there in the summer and some of those jobs I would rather stay in.

This lil' old lady with her husband has this make-shift tent and whips up these goodies all day and sometimes around noon there is a line/up. it's like a very thin pita bread with a cheese filling and some herbs......and then they roll it up for you.

These ladies are making a dough called 'yufka', they then fill it and bake it. This is done in a park, with seating outdoors all around and beautiful flowers. It's quite nice and so peaceful to be sitting in this park with the noisy city behind you.

This guy is selling his purses, a lot of them are knock-offs and you sure can spot it. Believe or not but they sell for about 2 dollars. Thats what I call a bargain.

This woman sets her lil' business up everyday with her teenage son in the outdoor market and whips these things up non/stop. It is filled with cheese and some greens and herbs. Very delish........yummmm brings back memories. Her son bakes them for her in some make-shift contraption of a small barbecue. If you look on the bottom left you will see the finished product.

Some village ladies come into town and sell these flowers and some herbs and unbelievable prices that we in North America would never dream off. I got a huge bunch of Fresia for 2 bucks, probably 5o dollars worth here. At the end of the day they are all sold out. People love flowers there and aleays buy some on their way home.

These 2 Rabbits also have a daily job.........you pay the vendor a dollar and he lets the rabbit pick out a piece of paper for you and on it it has your fortune. I know it sounds fishy......but hey the poor guy makes al iving with his rabbit buddies. The rabbits are so well trained and all the kids come up to pet them....so cute.

For 5 dollars this driver and his horseys go around the city.........you can hear them clopping on the old brick roads form the 17 th centuery. This is my fave when I visit my Sisiter-in-Law.

These lil' shoe shine men are on every corner of the city almost and I must admit are quite busy.

Yummmmmmmmm.......the Turkish Doner, so good. But with that weapon that he's holding it's quite scary to ask him for a sandwich. They put it on a fresh pita with tomatoes [that are like real tomatoes], Turksih green peppers [like a Cubanelle], onions and some white cheese and parsley. So delish.

Poor lil' man he fell asleep in the sun trying to sell his dried herbs........I use to see him there everyday of the week. Can't remember which herb it is but he usually would sell them off.

A student trying to make a buck playing his guitar.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my 'outdoor' tour of Izmir, Turkey!!!!!


  1. This is what I love blogging I get to see real people in a real world. I love those bags for $2 can't beat that! I hope the herb guy sell a lot of his herbs. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Your photos are so lovely. I especially like the way you honor the working men and women.

  3. That was interesting. My brother-in-law lived in Turkey for a while and loved the place.

  4. Wow, how interesting! My parents have visited Turkey...I hope to some day~ Thanks, Erica!

  5. Hi,

    Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a nice comment. This s such a great post and brings back many memories of when I lived in Morocco...although Morocco and Turkey are very different countries they have many similarities. Thank you for reminding me through this post what wonders other cultures offer us. (-:

  6. Beautiful tour..I ate something like this in Istanbul outside the Grand Bazaar. I love Turkish food. Sublime.

  7. Thanks for sharing and giving us an insight to daily life in Turkey.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. What fascinating photos of Turkey. Can I admit I'm excited about those $2 purses? I'm looking forward to following your blog too.

  9. Hi Erika, it's always interesting to see real people with their daily activities. Thank you for nice photo-tour.

  10. This is really an interesting post. Love all the pictures. Love how the women make yufka...very interesting. Poor man...he must be so tired and sleepy.

  11. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I've really enjoyed you photos and hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  12. I enjoyed reading about Izmir from a non Turkish view. Gozleme is the name of what those ladies are making from yufka. And it is irresistible with several herbs and cheese in it. YUM! Thanks for sharing your experiences in beautiful Izmir.