Saturday, April 5, 2014


After a busy day sightseeing, we had a nice evening in Sirince planned.  To get to Sirince we had to drive a long winding road and kept our fingers crossed that the boys wouldn't get sick.  We also made the decision that we needed to leave before it was dark because traveling on a steep, winding road in the dark would not be a good idea.  The town is small and parking is hard to find but at the entrance to the village was a parking spot we quickly grabbed and loaded up our 3 kids in our single stroller to head out (their legs were tired after our busy day and no nap!).  The lay collecting money at the parking lot got a kick out of watching us load up and came over to hitch a ride too!! : )
Şirince is a village of 600 inhabitants in İzmir Province, Turkey, located about 3.5 miles east of the town Selçuk. Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century. There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning "Ugly" in Turkish) to deter others from following them.
Sirince is knows as Little Tuscany and is one of Oprah's favorite places to go.  We soon found out way.  It is absolutely beautiful!!!
One of the things they are famous for is their wine and all of the wine makers!!!  We did a lot of sampling on this trip!!! : )
In Sirince you walk up and down these tiny roads that are filled with little places to stop and have a glass of wine, buy olive oil soap, buy Turkish ice cream, or have a nice meal!

Walking the streets and taking it all in was so relaxing and what we needed to wind down and top off our wonderful day of sightseeing!
Fortune telling rabbit and her babies.
Another way ice cream is served, a huge block hanging and a piece is cut off using a huge cleaver.

Kisses.....lots of kisses..... must kiss the baby!
Sharing with Opa
I'll enjoy my ice cream while mommy and daddy stop for another glass of wine!
Taken by Addyson.  We had split up for Opa and Nina so Addyson was our photographer!
Opa found a store where they were making Turkish coffee the old fashion way using heated sand!
So he stopped for a glass!
I found this lady and her step up so beautiful and a good example of what a lot of the vendors were selling.  She really wanted me to buy something in order to take her picture but I wasn't in the market for anything she was selling.  I just LOVE this.  THIS is Turkey!
While I was trying to talk that lady into a picture, Opa and Nina were trying out their first Turkish coffee.

Our last stop for the evening was dinner.  Nina had looked in her guide book of Turkey and in the section about Sirince was 2 restaurants that came highly recommended so we ate at one of them.  Let me tell you, it was amazing but what I loved most was the view.  It was set a bit higher up and all around were windows so we could look out and see everything!!!
Cooking in clay pots is a very common thing.  Mommy, can I try that?!?!
Dinner is served!
And that's a wrap!  A long day full of seeing some amazing things and taking a look back into history.  We couldn't have ended our day at a better spot!!!

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