Iznik, as it would look on a good day.
Present day Iznik was founded on the ancient city of Nicaea, mentioned in the bible, although archeological evidence shows that the area was first settled around 2500 BC. St Peter the Apostle introduced Christianity to Nicaea, and the 1st Ecumenical Council was held there, where the concept of the Holy Trinity was accepted, together with the formulation of the Nicene Creed.
We had lunch at Lezzet Lokantası
Built on the edge of the lake that bears its name, Iznik is a popular holiday destination. We were delighted to find that our hotel was right by the lake, although we did wish the weather had been better, it was rather overcast and gloomy. Undeterred by the weather, however, we quickly settled into our hotel and headed for the town's centre, where we had lunch at Lezzet Lokantası. The owner prides himself on using only the freshest ingredients for his dishes, and the food certainly was delicious.
There were also small chicks for sale
After the market, we headed for the hills to a village called Sansarak, perched on a rocky outcrop.
On the way, we saw this flock of goats
The goatherd was amused that we were taking pictures of his goats
The village houses were crammed together, with narrow roads between
This is an outdoor stove, ready to boil a kettle
Outdoor bread ovens, are also a feature of the village
Everywhere we went, we were followed by curious little boys
The people in the village were very friendly towards us,
and didn't mind us photographing them
Most of the women were going about their daily chores...
...while others were doing crochet work for sale
We didn't see many of their menfolk, as they were busy in the fields
That evening, we sat by the lake and dined off the local fish. A perfect end to a perfect day.