The grand bazaar
Trip Start Jul 22, 2007
12Trip End Oct 07, 2007
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This weekend Marie and I went out to find the Grand Bazaar. An adventure on the metro, funicular over the Golden Horn, followed by a tram and there we were following the crowd. Saturday was very hot outside but cool and comfortable in the Bazaar. The main arcade was full of sparkley things of various kinds and we ventured in to a few shops to try some on. The excited and expectant shop owners greeted us with offerings of apple tea and produced tray after tray after tray of gold, silver, diamonds, saphires, rubies
Sunday emerged dull and grey. I thought it would rain and took my umbrella, which would later be useful as a sunshade. The humidity was phenomenal and we followed air conditioned cafes, shady terraces and air conditioned shops to cool off regularly. Finding ourselves in the vicinity of a boat about to leave for Karakoy we jumped on board and found ourselves chugging across the Bosphorous to Asia. Twenty minutes later we landed and followed the crowd to a small market of craft stalls and spotted a cafe for a shady drink. We spent a happy afternoon watching the world go by before hitting the craft market and make a few more unplanned purchases.
All in a great shopping weekend and there'll be no stopping us now we know what to find in the Grand Bazaar. Next stop the Spice Market.
Am having difficulty loading some photos this evening, so I will try again tomorrow.