Apr 292013
 

Mudanya_13Legend has it that towels were invented in the Turkish city of Bursa, and, although this may or may not be true, beautiful Bursa is most certainly worth a visit.

Bursa – the jewel of Northwestern Turkey – is home to just under two million people, and, every year, more and more tourists are discovering this city’s fascinating mix of history and natural wonders. From bubbling hot springs to marvelously informational museums and from vibrant shopping centers to magnificent marble palaces, Bursa has it all, and there can be nothing better than lounging around on soft and fluffy monogrammed towels at the gorgeously appointed Celik Palas thermal bath.

Towels and other bathroom accessories – including bath mats and bathrobes – have many uses in today’s society, and, for instance, there’s most definitely no shortage of bath mat-like prayer rugs to be seen in Bursa’s main attraction: the Ulu Camii mosque. Also known as the Bursa Grand Mosque, Ulu Camii is a brilliant example of early Ottoman architecture and sports twin minarets as well as no less than 20 decorated domes. The mosque is, however, best known for housing the largest collection of incidental Islamic calligraphy in the world, and every tourist who visits this divine building simply has no choice but to gape at the wonderful writings on its walls.

Bursa is also located close to several of the nicest beaches found on Turkey’s northwestern coast, including Kursunlu, Armutlu and magnificent Mudanya, which lies on the Marmara Sea’s stunning Gulf of Gemlik. Robes and swimsuits are the costume de rigueur for all Bursa beaches, and the town’s proximity to so many attractive bathing venues – and the resulting need for so many people to get dry – could possibly just have something to do with why the town is credited for inventing towels.

Turkey is known for many things – including tasty Turkish Delight and steamy Turkish baths – but towels are generally not the first things that spring to mind when the prospective tourist thinks about visiting this fascinating country. Given Bursa’s unique history, however, perhaps they should be.

Oct 292011
 

Kids Bathrobes

As we all know, children get dirty – often – but this is a problem that is rather easy to solve and that usually involves dunking them in the bath at least once a day! After bath-time is over and done with would, however, be the ideal time to wrap junior and the little miss up in their very own snug kids’ bathrobes.

Possibly the most popular type of kids’ robes available today are the hooded terry velour robes, which are perfect for both boys and girls. These robes, which come in two colors – pink and white – will fit all children from the tiniest tyke of three to the eleven year old who has just had his latest growth spurt. This is not a “one size fits all” situation, though, and the small and medium robes (“S/M”) are specifically designed for the three through six age-group, while the large and extra-large (“L/XL”) ones are tailored for the seven through eleven year olds.

Hooded terry velour kids’ robes are known for being extra soft and extra absorbent – possibly because kids are usually extra active and extra dirty – and they are also known as being extremely comfortable to wear, not to mention extremely durable. Terry velour children’s robes are made from Turkish cotton of the highest quality, and, despite the fact that they are actually manufactured on sight in Turkish factories, they are incredibly reasonably priced, and buying one or two or more of these robes will never break – or even unduly strain – the budget.

Due to the growing popularity of monogrammed towels and monogrammed adults’ bath robes, parents should be happy to learn that they also now have the option to have monograms embroidered on their children’s bath robes. Monograms are available in a large selection of styles and colors – with the latter including such exotic hues as Bright Mint, Lake Blue, Lavender and Cranberry – and kids will love to see their initials appearing on their personalized bath robe in some bright and shiny color. Bath robe monogramming is usually also a service that is offered for free, which makes personalizing a robe or two all the more attractive.

Towels, bath mats and bath robes – for both adults and kids – are all must-have bathroom accessories, and buying them can be fun and exciting, especially when the price is just so right!

Jul 092011
 

Towels

Gift-giving holidays like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas teach us that items like monogrammed towels and bathrobes make great gifts, but the world is wide, and there are many exciting and intriguing festival days to be found and enjoyed if only one knows where to look.

Maundy coins may not be in quite the same league as towels or robes, but they are what’s given out in the United Kingdom – and usually by the Queen of England no less! – during Maundy Thursday. This celebration, which commemorates the Last Supper, takes place on the Thursday before Easter and is also known as The Thursday of Mysteries and Covenant Thursday.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is an important holiday and is observed around the world in such diverse countries as India, Mauritius, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Although the exchange of gifts only represents a small part of this fascinating celebration, which, in some cultures, signifies the ascendance of good over evil, the giving of presents among family members is becoming more and more important.

El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla – more commonly known as Cinco de Mayo – is celebrated in both Mexico and the USA, and the practice of giving gifts in celebration of this sometimes rowdy and boisterous holiday has slowly become more popular over the years. Although The Day of the Battle of Puebla is not synonymous with Mexican independence, it does present a good reason to celebrate as it is probably the most well known example of paying homage to the culture and traditions of Mexico.

Although one doesn’t usually see people celebrate Maundy Thursday, Diwali or Cinco de Mayo by giving each other monogrammed bathrobes, towels or bath mats, these types of gifts are extremely popular and are often exchanged during the more traditional Western festivities like Christmas. Children can also join in the fun, and International Children’s Day would be a fine time to give the teenager in your life a personalized terry velour pastel pink kids robe.

Gifts will never go out of fashion, and neither will luxury bathroom accessories.