A couple of weeks ago, we took a day to visit some friends who are staying up in İzmir. While it was a very long day, it was a very fun day.
We began the day early with a train ride from Selçuk to İzmir. The train wound through villages and valleys and olive groves and mandarin orchards. We saw villagers huddled around a fire drinking çay before heading into the orchards to pick mandarins. The train was quite crowded, and we stood for most of the hour journey. Well, all of us stood except Caleb who ended up on the lap of a Turkish grandmother.
After spending the morning in prayer and worship and then having lunch with a group of friends, we took the Metro to Ancient Smyrna. Ancient Smyrna is the location of one of the seven churches to which John addresses a letter in the Revelation (Revelation 2:8-11). While excavations are ongoing, most of the city is not yet uncovered. In fact, most of the ancient city lies beneath the bustling modern city of İzmir. Nevertheless, what is uncovered is fun to walk through. Here are a couple of photos from our time exploring.