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What Would YOU Buy at This Great Turkish Arts Market?

Gorgeous rainbow lamps at the market in Sirince, Turkey.

Gorgeous rainbow lamps at the market in Sirince, Turkey.

During my travels in Turkey this year, I fell in love with the country’s rainbow-vibrant markets. Walk with me now as we explore the beautiful outdoor shopping street in Sirince, Turkey, which is just a few minutes from the famed ancient ruins of Ephesus, near the west coast of the country.

Want a bright scarf? It only costs five dollars!

Want a bright scarf? It only costs five dollars!

Sirince itself is a delightfully picturesque hillside town that brings to mind lush green villages in Italy. The town was first settled in the 15th century, and to scare away hostile visitors, the freed Greek slaves who lived there called the place “Cirkince,” meaning “ugly” in Turkish!

Sirince is one of the most picturesque towns in Turkey.

Sirince is one of the most picturesque towns in Turkey.

I do wonder if the name trick worked to keep the town’s privacy. In 1926, however, the village was renamed “Sirince,” which means “pleasant,” at the governor’s urging. Now that is a much more fitting name for such a perfect spot!

The vendors in the Sirince market exude timelessness.

The vendors in the Sirince market exude timelessness.

Any visitor to Sirince would do well to spend at least an hour in the town’s winding streets of market stalls. From gourmet food to home decor, you’re guaranteed to find some treat to suit your fancy.

Which lamp to choose?

Which lamp to choose?

I managed to only spent $5 during the two glorious hours I wandered the market (purchasing one Turkish coffee and one handmade glass necklace), but that’s only because I have a passionate commitment to saving money for more travel by buying fewer souvenirs. If shopping is your thing, Sirince is your place!

Flowers and foliage abound in the outdoor market.

Flowers and foliage abound in the outdoor market.

If I were to break my rule and break the bank at the market, I can tell you what I would have bought, and perhaps you would have guessed the answer from the number of photos I took of them: Those awesome colored glass lamps!

The red lamp is lovely.

The red lamp is lovely.

I was wondering why I felt so peaceful and happy during our afternoon at the Sirince market, and then I learned: Sirince is known worldwide as a “Positive Energy” hub, since it is close to what many believe is the final home of the Virgin Mary. In 2012, thousands of New Age tourists huddled in Sirince to avoid perishing in the supposed Mayan Apocalypse!

Patterned textiles and mittens. What more could you want on a summer day?

Patterned textiles and booties.

As the apocalypse didn’t come, the jury is still out on whether Sirince’s powers could have saved the visitors, but one thing is sure: You do feel happy and content when frolicking around such an enjoyable town! Let’s see some more colorful photos from Sirince.

A leafy canopy of trees shades the market from sun.

A leafy canopy of trees shades the market from sun.

The ruffles around this dish make me smile.

The ruffles around this dish make me smile.

Do you want the blue lamp?

Do you want the blue lamp?

A close-up of an ornately painted vase.

A close-up of an ornately painted vase.

I think you want the green lamp.

I think you want the green lamp.

These turquoise coasters or hot plates would brighten any dining room.

These turquoise coasters or hot plates would brighten any dining room.

Love this cascade of golden lights.

Love this cascade of golden lights.

Delicate little cups for Turkish coffee on decorative coasters.

Delicate little cups for Turkish coffee on decorative coasters.

Deliciously natural bath soaps!

Deliciously natural bath soaps!

Now it’s your turn! Which of these exciting items would you have bought? Do share!

Want to see more astounding markets and crafts around the world? Click for a fresh food market in Quebec City, the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, global drawing prompts, and glass art in different countries!

I only spent $5 on the market: $3 for this blue necklace, and $2 for Turkish coffee!

I only spent $5 at the market: $3 for this blue necklace, and the rest on Turkish coffee!

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