Bursa

Bursa is former capital of Ottoman state, mostly famous for its silk market and thermal baths, but it's also not far from a skiing resort, so it's a perfect spot for winter holidays.  Bursa is also a home of Iskender kebap. I've had only a vegetarian version, which was simply amazing. 

Iskender kebap - veggie version

Judging by the sounds of my meat-loving friends, it's quite an experience. Mere thought of juicy grilled vegetables (and some prime pieces of animal if you're not veggie), covering puffy yummy bread and topped by spicy pepper and sour cream, poured over with hot melted butter make my mouth water.
 

Bursa


Bursa's covered silk market Koza Han is worth visiting even if you don't intend to buy anything. It's an old building with over 4000 shops that sell everything from silk scarfs to curtains. But truth to be told once you enter the building it's hard not to buy anything. Colorful scarfs are very reasonably priced and friendly shop-keepers will invite you for tea and chat with you without being intrusive. And if you're lucky, they'll show you the silk test.

Koza Han

Inside the silk market

I haven't had a chance to try out one of their many ancient thermal baths Bursa is known for. Many hotels have their own version of pools with sauna and other spa facilities. If you want to avoid crowded periods then avoid going there over weekends, because it's a popular retreat for many Turkish families.

Bursa is great for a short and relaxing getaway. And I have a feeling we'll come back soon.