Izmir Province, Turkey – Story has it, that the village of Sirince was formerly known as Cirkince which means ugly. Freed Greek slaves named the village as such to prevent others from settling in their village. In 1926, the governor of Izmir changed its name to Sirince which means pleasant. Today, there are six hundred people living in the village. In December 2012, droves of visitors descended on Sirince in the belief that its “positive energy” will save it from the destruction foretold by the Mayan calendar.
There is a wine store at the foot of the steps leading to Saint John’s Church that sells high quality olive oil and olive oil based soaps and lotions. The owner enthusiastically pours wine for tasting. I’m not a wine person, but I really liked the selections in the store. My husband and I and our tour buddies enjoyed a bottle of blackberry wine.
We had lunch al fresco at a restaurant by the village square where freshly pressed fruit juice is made to order; the Turkish coffee is strong, but not bitter; and the food is authentic, fresh, healthy, and delicious.