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May 15, 2010

Lou took this picture from the bus, as we zoomed by a small air field.

Very pretty country side

Here is our guide, Bulent, who is explaining to us about this ancient town and the farms around it.


We are inside an old restaurant, in a typical Turkish living room, where a large three-sided couch surrounds a sort of coffee table used to eat the evening meal and smoke afterward.

This lady is making a type of flat bread to be served in the restaurant.

Up to this point, the tour was really good. But from here on out, Bulent stopped telling us anything useful and instead just walked us through a shopping district.  Boring. What about the farm life? There was no farm life.

We walked slowly through the town, past a bunch of shops.

This is a minaret of a mosque.

We have been talking a lot lately about how to create a border around our flower beds at home, so we found this stone structure interesting. We do not think that we can find tulip shaped Home Depot, though.

Today was a holiday. It was a celebration of the young people.

We were walking through the streets of Tire, to go look at a bathhouse (the outside anyway).

Here is the bath house.

It is expected that you go to the bathhouse every ten days. It is a place to socialize.

Now we are headed to a local artisan shop to see a demonstration of felt craft.

Bulent said that felt craft is a dying art form in Turkey. What was interesting is that the two young people in the shop were visiting from Belgium. They were there to learn the art of felting and bring it home with them.

Some felt rugs for sale

This is like the Home Depot.

More headless statues

A sarcophagus


We refused to go in to the rug factory. Last time we were here, we watched the demonstration and bought two rugs to bring home. We love those rugs.

But we did not want to see it again, and we did not want to buy anything else. So we stayed outside.

A few people on the tour did intend to buy rugs, but the prices were too high.  (Even experienced shoppers who had bought rugs in the past were disappointed.)

Our bus driver took our picture for us, so here is proof that Lou and Karen were both on the tour together

Starbucks baby!

Lou was standing under the Starbucks sign so Karen could photograph him when the shop keeper started talking to him and gave him a blue eye lucky charm.


Excursion :

Turkish Towns & Villages

Turkish Towns & Villages - KD16


This tour is designed for guests who are looking for an option for "off the beaten path". Board your coach and head to the lovely town of Sirince (pronounced as she-RIN-jay), a wonderful little Aegean village of 600 inhabitants. Most of the houses in the village date from the 19th century or earlier and they were built at a time when Sirince was predominantly a Greek village. The village lies in a lovely bowl of hills surrounded by peach orchards, vineyards and olive groves. The higher hills are covered with pine forest. Nearly all houses command a pastoral panorama extending over many miles, undisturbed by any modern development. Farming remains the principal activity. Villagers make wine and olive oil, and grow some of the best peaches in the country.

After exploring the village of Sirince with a stop in one of the wine houses for tasting the homemade fruit wines, the tour departs for Tire, another interesting town about 62 miles away from Sirince. Tire, which is one of the biggest provinces of Izmir, was established on the northern feet of Aydin Mountains. It is remembered as "Green Tire" due to its geographical structure and natural vegetation. From the First Ages until the periods before Turkish Civilizations, the town was called "TEIRA." It took the name of "TIRE" in the Turkish period. The town has a variety of cultural inheritances from different layers of civilizations that once inhabited this area. Tire has a rich cultural accumulation of handcrafts thanks to its ancient settlement in Western Anatolia. Among Tire hand crafts you can list rope making, pack saddling, felting, quilting, matting, horseshoe making, and embroidery, which are the main products of Turkish genuine culture and which are considered as dying artcrafts. The town has a lot to offer to foreigners, as there are more than 100 mosques in the town and many remains form different civilizations.

After the visit of Tire and lunch in a local restaurant, on the way back to Kusadasi you will have a refreshment stop in a native carpet weaving art center with shopping opportunity and a carpet presentation.

Following this visit, you will continue to Kusadasi where you will have free time for shopping and browsing or you may return directly to the ship which is within walking distance.

Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1,5 mile over uneven surfaces, inclines and 10 - 30 steps. Comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs and for persons who have difficulties in walking, climbing, and/or managing steps. Drinks are at an additional cost.


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