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This small balcony with its solitary chair was a cool and peaceful spot for sitting and watching the world go by.

Şirince is a beautiful, rural hill town close to Ephesus. It's famous for its olive oil, wine and fruit orchards, quaint houses and rural lifestyle.

It was formerly inhabited by Ottoman Greeks and named Kırkınca ("Forty-ish"), which the locals pronounced Çirkince, which means "sort of ugly" (which it certainly is not).

After the exchange of populations following World War I, Turks from Greece were moved here. They changed the name to Şirince (shee-REEN-jeh, "sort of sweet, charming").

Some say the Orthodox Christian Greeks who lived here formerly were famed for the excellence of their wine. Others say the Muslim Turks who moved here pretty much started the wine trade, but in any case production has been continued (or re-started), and you can taste the results and judge for yourself when you visit. They sell red, white and rosé, dry and sweet.

Besides grape wines, the locals sell many fruit wines, including apple, apricot, banana, blackberry, blueberry, creamberry, mulberry (black, and white), mandarin orange, melon, orange, peach, quince, sour (Morello) cherry and strawberry.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2806 W: 84 N: 6959] (31631)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2010-09-02
  • Categories: Vie quotidienne
  • Exposition: f/20.0, 1/60 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-10 23:23
Viewed: 1967
Points: 29
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