Day 2: Bursa Citytour, Kudasasi



Sunrise at Celik Palas Hotel



Swimming Pool at Celik Palas Hotel

Finally my body is well rested after two days without bathing and sleeping in bed, this morning I’m going to have a citytour in Bursa, the capital city of Ottoman Empire era. We have breakfast in the hotel, Turkish food mostly with bread, omelette with tomato and some vegetables. South-East Asian people don’t really like Turkish food, as my groups confirmed, we prefer Chinese food with lots of rice. View from hotel is quite nice, we saw a sunrise covered with clouds from the balcony and at 8 am we get on the bus.



Cleaning (wudhu) place in font of Grand Mosque



Architectural design inside Grand Mosque



Activities inside Grand Mosque



Silk Market next to Grand Mosque

The first stop is Grand Mosque and Silk Market, both of them are located in one area side by side. There’s little to see in the mosque itself, people are praying and the architectural design is average. However it is a historical place for being the first mosque built in Bursa, dated six hundred years ago. To get in we have to take our shoes off and put it in the locker provided, this is the religion custom of Islam in praying. I saw few people praying but they are outnumbered by the tourists. Silk market is not very big, it is a four side building with empty space at the center selling variety of goods, books and silk are common.



A woman vacuuming carpet at Green Mosque


Green Tomb Exterior View

After fifteen minutes from the Grand Mosque we arrived at the Green Mosque and Green Tomb. (elaborate more) We also shopped in the tourist shop nearby selling every possible souvenirs in three floors. The trip to Kusadasi is about 5 hours from Bursa. We saw some great landscapes from the bus, and even a rainbow after the rain. For lunch we have Turkish meatball and rice.

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We arrive in Kusadasi at dark, stopped at shopping for olive oil products and Turkish delight. Then we went to our hotel for another 20 minutes.

About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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3 Responses to Day 2: Bursa Citytour, Kudasasi

  1. Moritz says:

    The hotel looks great, so do your photos. Great post!

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