We returned back home two weeks ago from our last vacation to Turkey. It was a great trip and now its time to post some related articles & photos.
We were in Istanbul / Turkey next day, after eight hours of flight from Paramaribo to Amsterdam and taking another plane in Sciphol International Airport / Amsterdam – The Netherlands for our next four hours flight to Atatürk International Airport / Istanbul – Turkey.
I drove from Istanbul to Gemlik / Bursa – Turkey. We have to take a ferry for passing Sea of Marmara or another choice three hours more drive while using the highway located at sea side. The ferry price was seems expensive. I paid approximately US $ 80.- for one car and four passengers, including me for between Yenikapi – Yalova. It tooks one and a half hours. You may spend only half of this price as fuel cost if you prefer highway. My car’s engine was working with diesel / motorin and the liter price of diesel is cheaper then gasoline/benzin in Turkey.
Our first destination Gemlik is one of the biggest town of Bursa province. Gemlik is famous with its industrial ports & facilities, factories. That’s why Gemlik received many migrants from – mostly – Eastern and Southern-Eastern parts of Turkey. This already increased cultural diversity of Gemlik that I liked a lot. Many inhabitants of Gemlik works at industrial factories. Gemlik is also famous with its own Gemlik Olive and olive oil products. They are totally traditional products of Gemlik.
After resting over night then I jumped to the Gemlik’s street at Saturday 9th of June 2012.
|There are two weekly street markets in Gemlik. The biggest one lays on the streets around main bus terminal every Tuesday and smaller – but more traditional – one lays in the old part of Gemlik alleys every Saturday.|
I saw a crowd while planning to return home and jumped to the scene immediately. There was a mobile store on the truck that shows soccer club jerseys and other stuffs from Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü ( English: Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club / BJK ) with their two young famous players : Muhammed Demirci and Atınç Nukan. Their supporters and fans were so happy while waiting. But they were too noisy for me then I decided to return home. There was another surprise waiting on the main street of Gemlik.
I saw an Ottoman style military band – known as Janissary – prepares for a walk. Probably they were participant of an Islamic Religious School’s (they call Imam Hatip Lisesi or İmam Hatip School in Turkish) parade.
Actually the old religious schools in Turkey were prohibited and abolished by the Unification of Education Act as a part of Atatürk’s reforms but now they are re-opening again by current government.
My post includes approximately 60 photos. I captured all Saturday Market and Streets of Gemlik / Bursa – Turkey photos with my Nikon D2Xs while using sort of lenses ;
- Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2 manual focus lens.
- Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D AF
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF
All photos converted from NEF (Nikon’s RAW format) to JPG and resized with Capture NX2 in batches without any manual touch.
Hope you like it. All the best,