The name "CESME" means fountain in Persian.....and maybe that's' why the city has numerous Ottoman fountains scattered around the town.
I love this place ever since I first saw it about 25 years ago and went to visit my husband's family.......which live in Izmir about 85 KM. away.....I still get confused with this metric system. :-(
This place has lots to offer.....there is a whole shopping area geared to tourists of course...I usually have to go with my husband or sister in law so when I see something I touch and they ask the price. Reason being is that when they see me (which they always do) that I'm a tourist, they really hike the price up. But with my dark hair sometimes they just greet me in Turkish and talk away thinking I'm one of them....so maybe I should put my camera away and not hang it around my neck.....giving my identity away.
It was built to defend the coast from attacks from pirates.
It is now a museum and you can go and walk around inside.....up and down stairs being very careful with lots of arches, and through towers offering exhibits on all sorts of subjects related to the Fortress and mostly about the area's naval history.
Beautiful coast line.......with gorgeous BLUES.
Lovely BLUE skies.....and BLUE Aegean Sea.
A lonely sailboat....in season you will see dozens of sailboats and yachts in the waters.
A cute cafe.....another Turkish coffee place .
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