Wintery Scene

This was a few weeks ago now, when there was a lot of snow around. Now the snow has retreated to Uludag, although we will probably have more before the end of winter. The photo was taken looking across from Guzelyalı, where the ferry to Istanbul leaves.


Who left these simits here?

I couldn't see who was selling them, I'm sure he would come back quickly as soon as a customer came though.


Korupark Houses

I'm not sure what happened here - everything came out at a funny angle. These are some of Bursa's newest houses, right next to the Korupark shopping centre.


What does it all mean?

"it means :no to high speed, yes to live our life:....i don't know why they wrote it here on this ,    i think they should have wrote this onto a road sign...maybe they think that it is less expensive to write here ...i mean i can find a reason...if you have any ideas write us a comment...hihihi "


Bursa chamber of commerce

BTSO is the Bursa chamber of commerce and industry. The main industries here are textile and automotive. Many foreign companies have factories in Bursa, and BTSO has a section devoted to improving ties with Europe and the USA.


The wind never blows when you want it to

Unfortunately the wind would not blow so that I could get the flag properly. It makes an interesting combination.


Yes Man

No that's not a man hanging off the side of the shopping mall, it is an advert for Jim Carey's latest film Yes Man. The cinema is up there on the top floor.


Feeding time

These geese were in a small farm on the edge of Bursa. They were waiting to be fed so it was difficult to photograph them as they kept charging around in different directions, always moving as a group though.


Baldo Rice

Here in Turkey rice is an important part of cooking. There are several types of rice available but foreign strains like basmati are difficult to find.


Kat 3

A local band called Retro performing at Kat 3 bar. The name means 'third floor'


Before the restoration

A piece of old wall next to the newly restored Balibey Han. This is more or less what Balibey Han looked like before the work so you can see what a good job they did.


Vantage Point

This house must have a good view. It is in the oldest part of Bursa but it has been nicely renovated. The front overlooks the covered market and Ulu Cami.


Lost in fog

We are getting some wintery weather at the moment. You can just see the roofs of the covered market here through the haze. The domes are quite typical of Ottoman architecture (there are some very similar looking buildings in the centre of Sarajevo). On the right is a corner of the Ulu Camii.


Great guns

These cannons are also in the Tophane park next to the clock tower. From Tophane you can hear a cannon shot every evening during Ramadan, to mark the end of the fast. I don't know if they use one of these though.


Souvenirs of warmer weather

Another outdoor cafe is shut for winter. I wonder how long these empty bottles will wait to be sent back and refilled.


Apolyont Han

The Apolyont Han is right next to the Zafer Plaza and has just been renovated. A lot of small shops and restaurants have opened inside.


Tophane Clock Tower

Tophane is situated on a small hill overlooking Bursa, and it is where this view over Bursa was taken from. The Tophane clock tower is in the Tophane park, and dates from 1906.


Ipek Han

This is the section of the covered market which was dedicated to silk in the past (ipek means silk). Here they were selling the finished goods, as opposed to the Koza Han which is where the silk cocoons were traded. Today the Koza Han is more known as the silk market.


Snow on the hills

Another view from Yeşil, where you can see the snow has reached the hills just above Bursa. Up on Uludağ there is plenty of snow and the skiing season has already started apparently.


Giant Billboard

This is the Zafer Plaza, the first Western style shopping centre to appear in Bursa. The glass pyramid makes quite a contrast with the old buildings which surround it. Especially at the moment while it seems to be used for an advertising campaign.


Closed for now

There aren't many takers for sitting outside at the moment. But that gives an opportunity to admire the beautiful tables.


Inside Yesil Mosque

The Yeşil Cami (Green Mosque) is very atmospheric inside. This is a detail of the ceiling and below there are some beautiful green / blue tiles. The hanging chandeliers give a lovely light.


Rice and chick peas

These stalls selling rice and chick pea snacks can be found in various places around Bursa. I think it might be a winter speciality because I don't remember seeing them at other times.