Sirince Village

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March 30th 2018
Published: April 3rd 2018
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This evening a few of us take a short trip from Selcuk to see a pretty little village up in the mountains called Sirince. The houses are very old and are of Greek style. For centuries the village was populated by Greek people whose families had been there for generations. In 1921-22 Greece and Turkey began a conflict that meant the two nationalities instead of living peacefully together began to hate each other. To resolve the situation the governments of the two countries came to an agreement in 1923 to exchange residents based on their religions so Greek Christians had to leave their homes in Sirince (and many other parts of Turkey) and go to Greece and the Turks moved into their homes. Because there were more Turks than Greeks many houses remained empty.

Today Sirince is a mixture of homes, hotels, and many small tourist shops and restaurants. Most of the streets are pedestrianised and very hilly. We make our way to the very top part of the village to see the fab views. It's reminiscent of the narrow little stone paved alleyways that go through the tiny villages in the mountains of Nepal. There are children playing a version of hopscotch and they show off their skills as soon as they notice us taking photos.

We go to a wine shop and the guy brings out loads of fruit wines for us to try. My old mum would've loved it (she made her own fruit and flower wines), but she would've pulled a face and said they were too sweet. I loved them. The most expensive sour cherry one was more like port and stuck to the sides of the glass. A few people in our group bought some bottles.

The sun was starting to set so we headed back down the hill to meet our transport back to our hotel and another meal together. The end of another great day in Turkey.

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