Marmara region south of the Marmara Sea is an area stretching from Adapazaraı at the easternmost tip of the Bay of Izmit, to Çanakkale, on the southern shore of the Dardanelles, and is quite distinct from the rest of Anatolia. Bursa is main metropolis, but there are also two ski resorts, race horses and amazing bird migrations to take in, not to mention the great Karacabey panayir (country market).
Virginia Woolf’s Orlando disappears at one point in his/her strange life to become a shepherd in Bithynia. It is a curiously beautiful bit of country, neither here nor there: it isn’t quite Balkan, nor quite Aegean. But if ever you find yourself lying on your back on the grassy bank of a lake, contemplating spiraling pelicans and cumulus clouds, not a million miles from Issız Han (above), without a worry in your head, something will tell you you’ve arrived.