It was Sunday and we were driving along the coast on a road similar to US101 when we heard the camel news-"cancelled due to rain". Well, we had a car and all of Turkey. We stopped into Ephesus and headed towards the caves of the Seven Sleepers. Legend has it seven persecuted christians took refuge in these caves outside of Ephesus and the emperor sealed the cave. 150-200 years latter the caves were opened by an earthquake and the sleepers awoke to find crosses on building and there coins from Decius worthless.
Anywho, it was raining when we stopped to see the caves. We gave a quick look at the dwelling cave houses and sat in the huts nearby for tea and gozleme. Gozleme is a flat bread, hand rolled with wood dowels, stuffed with cheese, spinach, or anything you'd like. It's cooked on metal pan over open fire and is delicious!!
Then we decided to head towards Tire (tear-A). Tire is known for its hand made production of felt. It is one of the few places in Turkey that is still producing felted products. Decorative pads, slippers, handbags, and a few local modern artists are taking the traditional techniques to create large scale landscape and abstracts. We drove around and found the felting quarter and had a look around.
In an antique shop while drinking tea we were told of an artist that lived in the owners storage house for a few months. He showed us a stack of Fatih Urunç paintings. Fantastic modern art. Amazing! The shop owner insisted we go with him to see his storage spaces that were packed to the rafters with all sorts of cool stuff- I mean everywhere you looked... something crazy! Talk about pack rat, but with an eye for intrigue. Below is a stack of trunks too high to fit in the frame and each one incredible and outside a yard full of fabulous pots.
After this he insisted on taking us to his favorite place in Tire. He drove us to the original part of Tire. A short drive away and the girls put me in his car. I heard Rena whisper she loves me(just in case!) as we drove off to this renovated wooden tea house. It sits in on a park with terraced pools and its original flour mill waterwheel. A nice place to stroll, enjoy tea and if you'd like, you can be served your breakfast at any park bench!
We caped it all off with a drive to Yalı for a great fish dinner by the sea.
Let me tell ya- Turkey is great!