A couple winter days in Eskişehir

For my last post, I felt like I couldn’t say enough good things about Konya.  Less than a week later Ferda and I (with her parents too!) were in Eskişehir.  This post will be a little more subdued.  I certainly liked Eskişehir the first time I was here.  Maybe this time was a case of too high expectations.  As I mentioned before, Turks compare Eskişehir to cities in Europe.

Certainly Eskişehir’s street art:

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could remind one of Bratsilava’s:

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The Uysal Termal Oteli where we stayed:

Uysal Termal Oteli by bryandkeith on flickr

could remind one of the Poço Iniciático at Quinta da Regadeira in Sintra:

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Indeed couldn’t these photos be taken in Europe as well?

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Ferda’s friend, Filiz, invited us to her home town and made sure we ate well.

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I also ate very well during my first visit to Eskişehir, but I found that more rewarding when I traveled by bicycle to get there instead of taking the train.

“What?  The train?”, you’re wondering.  But, Bryan, I thought it was impossible to get train tickets in Turkey!  For the Ankara-Kars line, that’s true, but for the İzmir Mavi Treni, with a little luck, we were even able to get tickets for the sleeper cars!

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We were on the train for 13 hours.  The bus takes half as long, but the train is more than twice as fun!

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Eskişehir certainly has some very nice pedestrian areas.  How come Turkey and Europe can do such a seemingly basic thing so much better than the US?

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I’m quite sure those restored Ottoman houses aren’t a requirement for walkable downtowns. 😉

Filiz also took us to the Ottoman-era Atlıhan, now used for art and crafts workshops and sales:

Atlıhan El Santaları Çarşısı by bryandkeith on flickr

Eskişehir has a number of museums, and as usual we didn’t have time for everything.  Here Ferda is with her mother in front of the modern art museum:

Modern Art Museum by bryandkeith on flickr

We didn’t go in.  It’s first on my list for next time.  🙂

The Ottoman-area Kurşunlu Camii complex is now home to the Odunpazarı Municipal Cultural Center with more art and crafts workshops, a Mevlevi library, and a Wood Carving Museum.  We visited the latter with lots of pieces from when Eskişehir hosted the 2015 Wood is Good Festival.

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We also went to the wax figure museum, but that’s probably of more interest to Turks than foreigners with people like Nasrettin Hoca:

Nasrettin Hoca by bryandkeith on flickr

Rumi’s there too:

Rumi by bryandkeith on flickr

but if that’s what you’re interested in, well, head to Konya!

Cheers!

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3 Responses to A couple winter days in Eskişehir

  1. Derek and Jennie Werner says:

    Enjoyed it. When was this? It looked like distancing taking place? Derek and Jennie

  2. Kristin Turner says:

    Looks like fun to ride the train. What a beautiful city!

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