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...
      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...
      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...
      The Gemlik Olive Farmer

      The Gemlik Olive Farmer

      “You can taste it if you want, but I don’t recommend it,” my friend Arif warned me in Turkish as we walked through one of his olive groves.  Or at least that’s what I thought he said.  I had just pulled a green olive off one of his trees and was closely examining it,...