Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Turkeys in Turkey for Christmas

Always good to see turkeys in Turkey (although here they are called Hindis, as if they were Indians), and never better to see them than on Christmas Day. Just a pity that they do not seem to be on the menu...

Tire is in the province of Izmir and can be reached by a direct train from Basmane station in Izmir, the journey passing through lovely countryside and taking about 100 minutes.

There is a weekly market in Tire which is held on every Tuesday and it is reputed to be one of the biggest such markets in Turkey. It reminded us a lot of a similar market held in the Black Sea town of Inebolu which we visited in 2009.

Tire is also renowned for its handicraft, particularly felt making and also saddlemaking. It is a very pretty town on a hill, rising from the plain below. It has an array fo old buildings such as hans, caravansarays, mosques, hammans and bedestens. Not all of thenm are in such a good state fo repair, which makes a visit there all the more charming. Highly recommended.

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