Sirince + Selcuk
apricots at the Selcuk market
Coming back from Ephesus we wandered through the weekly market in Selcuk
and bought apricots, dried figs, and walnuts — in half kilogram
quantities due to our language limitations. The apricots and figs were
excellent, but the walnuts were amazing and must have been
the freshest ones I've ever had.
#-sto - 2010-05-22 14:02
150mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100
We went to the train station to book tickets from Ankara to Istanbul
near the end of our trip, just to make sure our third attempt at a train
trip wasn't foiled! I noticed that the stork nests in the viaduct near
the station had fledgelings in them (the pair in our pension are still
building their nest).
On the way back we found a coffee shop run by a lively Swiss woman
(married to a Turk), which actually had real coffee.
Following advice from a young American backpacker on the bus back from
Ephesus, we caught the local bus up to Sirince, an old Greek village up
in the hills. This is rather touristy, but has no modern developments
and looks very pretty. The best view was from the Artemis Restaurant,
where we had a bite and chatted to a Greek
couple doing a ten day archaeological tour. We also got invited into a
house by an old woman and of course had to buy some lacework as a result.
(The room she was in was pretty run-down, but the house had a washing
machine and a tv/dvd and satellite dish.)
It was overcast and drizzled on and off.
For dinner we went back into town and ate excellent mezze at an outside
table with a view of the stork nests on the aqueducts.
Seljuk had a good feel to it.
Its centre is compact and easy to get around, with the restaurants
and pensions and attractions all within a kilometre or less. It looked
prosperous, and the people seemed relaxed.
Sunday 23rd May
In the morning the little Swiss cafe was closed, so we had to give up
our quest for real muesli and coffee for breakfast.