A day spent at the innocent looking fishing village Ayvalik which has quite a heavy past.

I was going to go on the Jewish Synagogue tour in Izmir.  Izmir is the only town in Turkey with a sizable – if 1700 left of many tens of thousands can be called sizable – Jewish population.  But in my ignorance, I pictured daily tours which I could join once I got there, far from it.  You need to register your passport in advance, go through a special tour agency which requests special permission to adhere to strict security procedure.  A 2009 bombing incident in Istanbul has not been forgotten…   For one person?  The price would be formidable.  There went plan A.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY