Day 1 - May 9th 2009
09.05.2009 - 09.05.2009 23 °C
Goodbye Istanbul. We flew into Izmir from Istanbul this morning but that is unfortunately all we got to see of Aiden’s home town. From there we caught a minibus (about an hour) to Selcuk which really is a just a transport hub for the region. It is quaint but we followed Rod’s advice and stayed in Sirince as opposed to the majority of tourists visiting the region who stay in Selcuk. We owe you one, Rod. Sirince was a real treat or ‘retreat’ if you know what I’m saying.
After some lunch in Selcuk we made our way to Sirince in yet another minibus (they seem to be the only form of transport in the more rural areas but they always run to time and are really cheap).
Sirince. A small town embedded deep in the mountains about 20 kms from Selcuk. Nothing much to do here but that suited us just fine. Cobblestone roads, quaint little cottages, dense vegetation (mainly olive trees), restaurants and a modest sized bazaar. It was once a Greek Village before they moved (or got kicked) out. That explained the abundance of Olive trees in the area.
Nisanyan Inn. If Sirince was a box of Cadbury favourites then Nisanyan house was the Turkish Delight. It was the higher most hotel on the mountain. From there you could see well into the Valley and the matching teraccotta rooftops of all the houses in town. Breathtaking. Being a wine region, I could explain it only as a cross between Olinda and the Yarra Valley (Melbourne) and ofcourse a pinch of Sydney Rd, Coburg!
Dinner. We ate in the Valley in one of the Premier restaurants. Very nice indeed. For those who haven’t attempted it yet, try a pottery kebab one day. As the name suggests it is served in a clay pot. You won’t be disappointed. Oh and Vicki found her first hair. She didn’t make a scene just stopped eating… more for me!
Back to the hotel for a beer and a casual lay around in the guest quarters. We had it to ourselves which made it even more enjoyable. Bedtime.