Some Shots of Old Izmir
Taken with Leica M6. Ilford HP5 Plus Film pushed to ISO 1600. Kodak HC-110 Developer.
Izmir, Turkey. April 8, 2018.
Basmane Train Station
Hotels Across from Night Clubs
Restaurants across from the station.
Grand Corner Hotel across from the station
Night Scene Near Station
Quick Food Place
A Popular place, but all men!
A Kokorec Place
The Other Side of Town- Places to Eat and Drink
Dedicated Drinking Places on the Street
Street with outside tables
A city surely dedicated to pleasure
Pictures taken with Leica M6 TTL Camera. Leica Summarit-M 35 mm lens. Ilford HP 5 plus film shot at ISO 1600. Film developed with Kodak HC-110 Developer.
Part 1: Kemeralti and Basmane
Kemeralti- A huge bazaar with a maze of streets and hundreds of shops selling almost everything. It is next to Clock Tower Square in Konak. Easy to get lost.
Along Anafartalar Caddesi that runs from Basmane Train Station to Kemeralti. It is a more downscale area. Most people are poor. There has been a large influx of Syrian refugees in recent years. Many of them are now running shops in the area.
Women along Anafartalar Caddesi in late afternoon.
Shoppers in Havra Sokak Fish Market. (Synagogue Street) At one time before World War I, this was a Jewish area and there are some synagogues in the area that are now closed. This covered street is mostly a fish, meat, and vegetable market, but other things as well. Fascinating place, always busy.
Shopkeeper and friend.
Shoppers in Kemeralti
Havra Sokak Scene
Alsancak-The upscale west side near the sea. A crowded restaurant.
One of many popular pub-restaurants in the old area of Alsancak. Crowded every night. Hard to get a seat.
The wide mall, closed to traffic, is crowded every evening. Many shops and restaurants for upscale shoppers.
Young women in Sardunya, a beautiful historical pub.
Evening crowds on the mall.
The buses, trams, metro and ferry boats are all free if one is over 65. But who would ever tell you that about Turkey!
Buddhist Temple with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain behind.
The old town of Lijaing. It is clear that tourism has greatly developed since I was there in 2007. The connection is through Kunming. Lijiang is some 100 km further. A big tourist attraction is the Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Jinsha River that flows into the Yangtze. It seems that the trekking trails were not developed in those days. I was on a study tour of China. Our bus stopped at one point and we descended a steep narrow trail down to the rapids. The climb back up was difficult. Some on the tour paid to be carried down and back up. Now many trekking trails have been developed. A great adventure if one is younger. It is one of the deepest gorges in the world, and incredibly scenic.
Shop in the old town of Lijiang.
The monastery at Shangri La (Zhongdian). The name was changed to Shangri La to attract tourists, it seems.
Inside the old town of Shangri La. The town goes back some 1300 years. I guess I was lucky to get some pictures because most of this old town burned down in January 2014. It was a tragedy for tourism.