Friday, December 18, 2009

Live from Izmir!

Webcams in Izmir

If a tree falls in the forest without anybody around, does it make a sound? This age old conundrum  is no longer a worry to those with enquiring minds thanks to webcams. You may not physically be there but you can spy to your heart's delight.

Below are some live-action webcams from Izmir, Turkey. As you might notice, the weather was stormy here today but, given the wintery conditions throughout Europe at the moment, I really can't complain. If you click on the links ( or the photos) you can watch us running about with our little lives like bugs.

Gumruk[7]  This is the main downtown section. In the foreground you can see the pier built Gustave Eiffel in 1890,  near the Konak Square in İzmir. It was thoroughly restored starting 2003 and was opened as an upmarket shopping mall in 2004. Since then, it became one of the landmarks  of  İzmir.


A symbol of the city, the Izmir clock tower, situated in Konak square,  was designed by the  architect Raymond Charles Père and built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid II's (reigned 1876–1909) ascension to the throne. The tower, at a height of 25 m (82 ft), features four fountains, which are placed around the base in a circular pattern, and the columns are inspired by North African themes. The area is located just in front of the huge open shopping district of Kemeralti and near the city government buildings.


Yes, it isn't a very clear. It was the time of day.  In the background you can see one of the main ferryboat docks for the Konak area of Izmir. The ferries cross the bay from Karsiyaka- a sister township of Izmir- every half hour and are a relaxing way to journey to  work every morning instead of fighting traffic.

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