Shopping around the world may be the same but only Istanbul has the BAZAAR
But first we had lunch. As a solo traveler I know I could not have selected all these wonderful foods without any assistance. With countless restaurants in this area it would have been hard to pick one.
After lunch we visited the bazaar!
First there are several bazaars. There are many entrances. Some feature a particular series of products. Some are very crowded while others have casual shoppers.
The bazaar is a series of shopping arcades. Some are more modern and well lite. The shoppers were mostly locals, mostly women. There were groups of tourists as well. Most of the shops’ staff were men.
Our ‘walk’ allowed only moments to stop and browse but we did visit a well know Turkish candy store and sampled many of the different flavors offered: Turkish Delight
Colored glass globes of different shapes and sizes glowed in several of the stalls. The effect was similar to giant fire flyies and butterflies swarming over the tables.
Stacks of colorfull pottery bowls and plates. An easy treasure to slip into your suitcase.
No square inch was spared! But I expect the shop owner could put his hand on any item a buyer asked for.
An entire wall of gold
|Trinkets for tourists|
|Spices, beans and more|
|Vendors were set up out in the street too|
|An entire store just for head scarves|
Traditional Turkish Candy. Each sample had a different flavor
I participated in this tour as a guest of Walks of Turkey. The photos and the opinions are my own.