Our 2nd day in Kusadasi was very exciting. We heard about a local village called SIRINCE (pronounced: shiringe) which is very picturesque.
In order to get the "full" local experience and adventure we used the local transportation. a dolmush is running from Kusadasi to Selcuk (pronounced: selchuk) and it's written on the front part of the dolmush vehicles. It's a pretty short ride of around 25 minutes and costs 4 Turkish lira, which is about 2 Euro per person. You get off in selcuk at the last stop (you'll see many dolmushes around) and then take another Dolmush going to SIRINCE, This ride is also not too long and costs 2.5 Turkish lira.
The Village itself is one of kusadasi tourist attraction and therefore it's main strrets a re also very touristy like with stores and coffee shops. We decided to wonder around the village and get to it's upper part where no tourists are preset.
A local woman who spoke no English grabbed us in one off the allies and took us in her house. It was a single room house and very modest. She gave us some Apricots and then suggested some of the crafts she makes for sale. We didn't really want to buy anything, but she was very nice and we felt somewhat uncomfortable, not to mention that what we bought was really low priced. so, we decided it's worthwhile buying.
later on we walked around some more and reached a church. This church has a good view point over the whole village.
Our next stop was Ephesus. We saw the entrance to the site right before selcuk. It's situated on the road between Kusadasi and Selcuk. Ephesus ( Or efes, as the locals says) is really close to selcuk, just a few minutes ride with a local Dolmush.
Ephsus is a Greek archiological site. It's well preserved and beautiful. Entrance fee for the site is 10 Turkish lira per person. vocal earphones guide is availble for rent also.
The site is huge and has a few attractions that worth seeing. there is a big Amphitheater, A magnificant wall of an ancient library. One of the most beautiful ones is the rich houses terrace. It's partly rebuild with the help of the Austrain Government and has additional entrance fee (10 Lira). It's worth that cost!
Since it's a big site it's recommneded for a 2-3 hour visit. The place doesn't have much shade so it's good to prepare for that. Take a lot of water, sunscreen and hats.
In order to leave you need to walk to the main road. It's 10-15 minutes walk. From there you take a Dolmush back to Kusadasi. We decided to try and hitch hike. well…It worked! a car stopped with 2 nice girls and their mother. They were on vacation too and were locals from Ankara. They didn't only take us to the main road but all the way to Kusadasi. They had a vacation house there. We exchanged phone numbers in order to meet later on.
on the whole we think it's defently possible going to Sirince and Ephsus on the same day. They are pretty close and both are beautiful place. We even had time at the end of the day jump into to swimming pool.
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