Şirince, Turkey 2015 

On Oona’s last day of visit, we decided to go to Şirince, an old Greek village located near the town of Selcuk, in the province of Izmir, Turkey. Once a Greek-populated mountain village, Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century.  Most of what one sees today was built around the 19th century.       There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning “Ugly” in Turkish) to deter others from following them. The village’s name was changed to Şirince (meaning “Pleasant”) in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province.      Şirince has long winemaking tradition with different types of fruits, particularly peaches, blueberries, cherries& pomegranate.  The last dolmus leaves Sirince at 21:00, Hence, you could afford to stay a night at one of the boutique hotels, you could experience true beauty of Sirince and its sunset.