THE BEST OF BURSA: HIGHLIGHTING THE BEST OF BURSA, TURKEY
      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...
      A Çaycı in Koza Han’s Wall

      A Çaycı in Koza Han’s Wall

      Friday’s Fotoğrafı, 20 February: This çaycı (tea seller) is hard at work in his tea shop in the inner wall of historical Koza Han. The Koza Han courtyard is an excellent place to pass time sipping tea with friends on a sunny day under the cover of an umbrella. The...
      Bursa’s Busy Bazaar

      Bursa’s Busy Bazaar

      Friday’s Fotoğrafı for 30 January: Bursa’s crowded central bazaar bustles with activity on a Saturday afternoon. It’s a great place to get lost in a crowd for a while. 
      Pineapples in a Snowstorm

      Pineapples in a Snowstorm

      Friday’s Fotoğrafı, 16 January: Pineapples are sold from a pushcart on a snowy, blustery day in Bursa’s downtown bazaar. As the first big snowstorm of the year hit Bursa, the central bazaar continued to bustle as neither sellers nor shoppers seemed phased by the...
      Çukur Han’s Hidden Entrance

      Çukur Han’s Hidden Entrance

      There are more than a dozen hans scattered throughout Bursa’s downtown bazaar complex.  Çukur Han is one of my favorites.  Maybe one of the reasons I like it so much is that it’s a little hard to find.  Tucked away among the bazaar’s booths and shops, the front...
      Koza Han’s Front Door

      Koza Han’s Front Door

      Shoppers come and go through the monumental main gate of Koza Han, one of Bursa’s most famous landmarks.  Built in 1491, Koza Han was an important stop on the Silk Road and a major trading center for the local silk industry.  Today in Koza Han, peaceful tea gardens...
      Bursa’s Marketplace Wisdom

      Bursa’s Marketplace Wisdom

      This shirt was hanging in a shop in Bursa’s downtown market and I couldn’t resist the snapshot.  I think its advice is right on.  As I begin this little blog project, the words “Be relax and stay cool” may be exactly what I need to hear.  It also reminds me to not get...