Monday, 15 December 2014

Cittantica, Kusadasi & Sirince

We were on the way to Kusadasi when we stopped over at Cittantica - a newly-built sprawling site of... something. We didn't know what it was, but a string of coaches were stopping, so we had to stop too. What it actually turned out to be was a rather touristy shopping centre done up in the style of a Middle Eastern marketplace with lots of things to buy!

I must say we had a good time exploring the marketplace. It had all things that appeal to tourists in Turkey for sale. Mountains of beautifully boxed Turkish Delight and spices; hand-painted pottery bowls in all colours of the rainbow; hand-made soap; key chains; gorgeous blown-glass tableware; delicate table cloths; and so much more.

Not only that, we had arrived just in time for a show!

The elaborate show in Cittantica of dancing ladies and dueling men at a royal court

After the delights of Cittantica. We were off to Kusadasi, where we stopped for a local lunch of delicious Pide. We walked off lunch with a stroll by the sea. 

Cruise stopover in Kusadasi

I'd love to live on this hill overlooking the sea

Let's take a break with a view

A beacon in the night

After Kusadasi, we took a winding drive up into the hills to a little village called Sirince. It is famous for its fruit wine. Other attractions include an old school house-turned-museum; cobble-stoned streets and little shops selling hand-made items of all sorts. 

We stopped at a couple of wine shops and had a sip or two (or three) of this wine and that, finally settling on Apple, Strawberry and Melon.

And then, I met a 'boyfriend'. He runs a little shop selling hand-made glass pendants. He helped me make a deep burnt orange one and sold me another. It was quite fun making my own pendant! Alas, I had to say goodbye to him. 

The village and the area surrounding it is very picturesque. We enjoyed the view while having a cup of tea and a sit down.

Sacred pomegranates

Wine in all colours and flavours

Our friendly wine shop proprietor

Drink, and drink some more

Which do you like best? 

Have a smoke?

Hand-stitched dolls for sale. This one reminded me of a gollywog

More fruity wine to choose from

On the streets of Sirince

My 'boyfriend' of a few minutes

The artistic type. He taught me how to make my own glass pendant

Houses on a hill

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