I have been to Izmir once. I went there for some NATO exercise and stayed at a nice hotel in the city. The way the work shift rotations worked out I only had to work one 8-hour shift in 4 or 5 days there. Meanwhile, the guy I went there with got stuck on the other shift and worked every day. Suckahhh
Anyway, I really liked it there - - particularly the markets near the old city ruins.