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Last weekend went to Uludağ for skiing with some friends.
As far as you can see, we really enjoyed the the trip, even if we couldn't manage to keep our skies "parallel" to the ground...

Bursa, in northwestern Turkey, was the first Ottoman capital. Today it is an industrial city, especially in the auto and textile fields. Nearby Uludag Mountain is a very popular ski resort.

Although the city was settled prior to the 2nd century B.C., it grew in importance during early Christianity with the arrival of silkworms and the establishment of looms. The silk industry continues to this day.

Bursa is also a very important city for Turks today because the Ottoman Empire, and to some extent Turkish culture, was born there. In the 13th century, Ertugrul Gazi and his son Osman Gazi (where the name Osmanli, or Ottoman, comes from) formed a small state near Bursa, which was soon expanded by Orhan Gazi. Even though the Ottoman capital moved to Edirne in 1402, Bursa remained an important Ottoman city.

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