Istanbul's Spice Bazaar and Floating Restaurants!

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 17 (morning)

Temperature: 14 degrees
Weather:   cloudy periods                

Even though our tour was now finished and that we were now on our own, Michel and I still got up early this morning and by 6:30am, had completed eating our breakfast.  After all, I had a long day planned ahead of me and knew exactly what I wanted to do and where I wanted to spend it!  In other words, on my last day here in Istanbul, I wanted to do and accomplish as much as possible!  Does this make sense!  Well, just follow me around I told Michel and bring all your money!  Hahaha!

T he old sector of the city, that’s where I was heading!   So by 9:00am, we were out the doors and heading in the direction of the Kabatas Station, just a few blocks past the Dolmabahçe Palace where we easily took the Tram all the way to the Spice Bazaar.  We were experts by now in taking this type of transportation plus it was way much cheaper than taking the taxi! 

The Spice Bazaar was crowded with people, a lot of tourists and Turkish people with families.   We were Sunday today and I guess a day of rest for the majority of them!  Regardless, Michel and I made our way inside this ancient L-shaped building where merchants welcomed us in with open arms and big smiles!  Off course, we all knew what they wanted but I had my fun haggling with them as much as they had their fun trying to sell me overpriced merchandises.  In the end, we all parted winners! 

We then walked in the direction of the pier along the Bosphorus Strait where the many colorful Floating Restaurants were quite entertaining just to watch as the cooks hastily fried the catch of the day to the very hungry customers.  I don’t know how the cooks were able to stand the constant rocking of the boat because I definitely would have become seasick!  And no, I didn’t eat any fish even though Michel tried to persuade me! 

He did however purchase something to eat and it wasn’t fish from the Floating Restaurants but a cooked corn on the cob from one of the streets small vendor’s stall.  I passed!  We then proceeded to walk in the direction of the bridge, not any kind of bridge but the famous Galata Bridge where more was yet to be seen and discovered!

Monique   :-)

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