Snapshots of Selcuk, Sirince and Ephesus, Turkey / by Steven Johnson

Our last two days were spent sipping fruity wine in Sirince in the hills near Selcuk, swimming in the pool in our accommodation at Natureland Efes Pension (amazing place!) and visiting the ancient city of Ephesus. There were a couple of other quick visits to the house of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John thrown in also to get our full compliment of historical and biblical experiences. Sirince is a small village in the mountains near Selcuk that until a few years ago was unknown but now is a popular spot among tourists. Sirince is famous for its fruity wine, very different to the wine we are familiar with from back in South Oz! You can get all types of wine in Sirince, such as blueberry, strawberry, pomegranate, apple, peach and even quince!

Ephesus is one of the major tourist attractions in all of Turkey as it is one of the best preserved classical cities in all of Europe. In its heyday it was the grand capital of the Roman province of Asia and had a population over 250,000. When we were leaving it almost felt like there were about 250,000 tourists there so we were kind of glad to be leaving when we did! Luckily we arrived fairly early to beat most of the crowd and heat.