Izmir Space Camp

Recognizing Izmir

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İzmir is the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara. In 2014, the city of İzmir had a population of 2,847,691. The city of İzmir is composed of several metropolitan districts. Konak district corresponds to historical İzmir.

İzmir is a princess with her most beautiful hat.

Victor Hugo

İzmir has a Mediterranean climate , which is characterized by long, hot and dry summers; and mild to cool, rainy winters. Maximum temperatures during the winter months are usually between 10 and 16 °C. Snow can fall in İzmir from December to February staying for a period of hours rather than a whole day or more. During summer, the air temperature can climb as high as 40 °C from June to September; however it is usually between 30 and 36 °C.

İzmir prides itself with its busy schedule of trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses. The fair and the festival are held in the compound of İzmir’s vast inner city park named Kulturpark in the first days of September. The İzmir European Jazz Festival is among the numerous events organized since 1994. The festival aims to bring together masters and lovers of jazz with the aim to generate feelings of love, friendship and peace.

The International İzmir Short Film Festival is organized since 1999 and is a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals.

Cuisine

There is considerable culinary usage of green leaf vegetables and wild plants amongst the residents. Some of the common dishes found here are the tarhana soup (made from dried yoghurt and tomatoes), “İzmir” kofte, sulu kofte, keşkek (boiled wheat with meat), zerde (sweetened rice with saffron).

 

Questions

  1. Is Izmir the most populous city in Turkey?
  2. How much population does it have?
  3. How are Izmir’s summers characterized?
  4. How are Izmir’s winters characterized?
  5. What does the İzmir European Jazz Festival aim?
  6. Where is the festival held?
  7. What does the cuisine look like?
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