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Narrow streets lined with Ottoman houses

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Eric and Dave (USA)

It was raining cats and dogs when we boarded the 14.30 bus from Selcuk to Sirince, and i was half wondering what the hell we were doing heading into the mountains in such unfavourable conditions. The 9km ride snaked its way up to the small village in around 20 minutes and when we disembarked our first objective was to find shelter! Weighing up the pros and cons of two cafes facing each other, we opted for a traditional Turkish tea house over a smarter looking restaurant.

After ordering some chay (tea) we settled down with a deck of cards and i let the guys give me a good thrashing, as i felt sorry for the humiliating defeats that i had dished out on them in Istanbul.

Eric and Dave in Sirince
If you believe that, then you'll probably believe anything :) We spent a bit over an hour in the cafe, before finally bracing ourselves to walk around the village streets. As luck would have it, the rain had died down to a light drizzle by the time we went outside, making the experience slightly more enjoyable.

Sirince is a picturesque hamlet, with Ottoman housing clinging to the side of a mountain. Wandering around its cobbled streets, with most of the houses possessing red tiled roofs was a pleasure, even if the weather did try to dampen our clothes as well as our spirits. After half an hour of perusing, we accepted an invite to go wine tasting and were so impressed by the house red that we decided to take a bottle back with us for Dinner.

At 17.00 we agreed that it was probably wise to head home to Selcuk, as there was only so much you could see or do in such conditions. When we got back we organised a rental car for the following day and then went to eat Dinner in a nice Turkish restaurant, where we had chatted to the owner the previous evening. Eric and Dave ordered fish, whilst i took an aubergine salad with goulash, which was nicely complemented by the wine. For dessert we went and bought some baclava and took this back to the Hostel to munch on, whilst playing some more games of cards.

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Narrow streets lined with Ottoman …
Narrow streets lined with Ottoman…
Eric and Dave in Sirince
Eric and Dave in Sirince
Chopped wood outside an Ottoman ho…
Chopped wood outside an Ottoman h…
Cobbled street in Sirince
Cobbled street in Sirince
Chimney of a house and mountainous…
Chimney of a house and mountainou…
Eric passes a horse in the street
Eric passes a horse in the street
A view of Sirince
A view of Sirince
A wet and cold Sirince
A wet and cold Sirince
Ottoman houses at Sirince
Ottoman houses at Sirince
Cat looks through the bin
Cat looks through the bin
Meow! Cat climbs out of the dustbin
Meow! Cat climbs out of the dustbin
Dave tries some local wine
Dave tries some local wine
Eric with the bottle of wine that …
Eric with the bottle of wine that…
Dave, Eric and I enjoy a glass of …
Dave, Eric and I enjoy a glass of…
Sirince
photo by: joseph98