As we continued to explore we found a winery called Turasan with a tour and tasting. The stop was fun, interesting, and the experience memorable. We had a flight of 6 wines ranging from a young white to an 8 year old tawny port. Jake and I both liked the local white, EMIR.
After the wine, we stop and had some Turkish tea and a snack of peanuts covered in honey and some type of little seeds in a small town with another great view. We had our break in a spot with 5 or 6 tables full of old men all playing games. Before making the hour drive back to the airport for our 10:30 flight back to Istanbul for the night before setting off to Israel in the AM.
We arrived at the airport early without any issues and full stomachs from a pit stop we made along the way at a great road side stand selling Döner (tightly packed meat roasted on a large vertical spit). Dropped off the car without the Hertz guys noticing the mark on the passenger side of the car (we might have parked very close to the car next to us). All was going so well, until we checked in and realized our tickets were for 10:30 that morning not 10:30 at night. Shit we need to be in Istanbul tonight in order to make our connection tomorrow morning. I do not want another over night or another 5 hour layover. With a little help from Mr. Amex we fund 2 seats on another flight and were in bed at the airport hotel by 12:30.