THE BEST OF BURSA: HIGHLIGHTING THE BEST OF BURSA, TURKEY
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      Tavla and Okey: The Games We Play

      Tavla and Okey: The Games We Play

      A guest post by Jesse S. It seems like everywhere I go in Bursa I see three things: football on the television, pairs of people of all ages fast and furiously playing tavla (backgammon), and groups of older men peacefully enjoying okey (pronounced “okay,” a game...

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      Camel Wrestling: A Cultural Experience

      Camel Wrestling: A Cultural Experience

      A guest post by Sharon Rott [box] Sharon Rott came to Bursa as a teacher. But in her free time, she enjoys new adventures and cultural experiences. She has contributed to The Best of Bursa before. In this piece, Sharon shares about her experience at a traditional...

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      A Roundup of Bursa Videos

      A Roundup of Bursa Videos

      In recent years, the Bursa provincial government (under the name Ulu Şehir) has commissioned a number of outstanding short videos highlighting some of Bursa’s neat attractions. A few others travelers have made some nice Bursa videos as well. Many of these videos can...

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      Village Scenes by Özgür Altınkaynak

      Village Scenes by Özgür Altınkaynak

      Bursa is a large, modern metropolis that boasts all the amenities and features of contemporary life. But not too far out of the city, the hills and back roads surrounding Bursa are full of traditional little villages that feel worlds away from the hustle, bustle, and...

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      Lovely Suuçtu Waterfall

      Lovely Suuçtu Waterfall

      About a half-hour drive south of the town of Mustafakemalpaşa at the end of a narrow, winding road is found one of the Bursa area’s many fantastic natural gems: Suuçtu Waterfall (also written Su Uçtu, lit “water flew”). Hidden away in the protected Suuçtu Nature Park,...

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      Bursa Silk: A Buying Guide

      Bursa Silk: A Buying Guide

      In Bursa, the quintessential must-have gift for yourself or a friend is a piece of authentic Bursa-made silk. That’s because back in the heyday Bursa was a terminal on the famed Silk Road and a world trade center of silk cocoons and silk fabric. Well before Ottoman...

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      Bursa Ceramics: A Buying Guide

      Bursa Ceramics: A Buying Guide

      Bursa is known for a good many things, one of which is its handmade, hand-painted ceramic pottery and tilework. When in Bursa, you’ll no doubt notice the colorful plates, bowls, cups, trivets, coasters, table utensils, and figurines of all kinds in shop windows...

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      Uluabat Lake

      Uluabat Lake

      On a warm, sunny April afternoon, we stood at the top of the lookout tower in the little lakeside village of Eskikaraağaç, gazing out over the beautiful Uluabat Lake. The lake stretched across the olive tree-blanketed plains under a clear blue sky and against a...

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      Istanbul to Bursa Day Trips

      Istanbul to Bursa Day Trips

      One convenient way that tourists can visit Bursa is by taking a guided, one-day excursion from Istanbul. Though I might strongly suggest that Bursa deserves more time and attention than a single day, Istanbul to Bursa day trips are a popular choice for those making...

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      Bursa’s Music Maker

      Bursa’s Music Maker

      “In a typical year, I make three or four violins,” Can explained to me as we sat together in his workshop in Bursa’s Konak neighborhood. Hand tools littered his workbench, maple and spruce planks were neatly stacked on a floor rack, a picture of his mentor sat on a...

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