Sunday, August 23, 2009

Grand Bazaar

One of the great traditions of Istanbul, is bargaining in the Grand Bazaar. First of all, I must tell you that unlike the Spice Bazaar, which was somewhat small and manageable, the Grand Bazaar is a labyrinth of around 4000 shops of everything imaginable. It's easy to get lost and confused within the space, but if you have the time and the inclination to shop (and do some bargaining), this is the place for you. It is beautiful, and immaculate, but very crowded. So, hold on to your pocket book, open up your eyes, and smile.... you are in for some fun.

The entrance of the Grand Bazaar
Can you read the date when it was first built??
It's a long standing tradition, for sure.

Inside, on the main mall, it is fun to see all
of the very best of the shops

Outside, a Minstrel pleases the passerby with his music

Another view of the Main Mall.
If you turn any corner,
you will begin a journey
along a labyrinth of shops and experiences.

Having packed so much in to our day, we were quite tired by the time we visited the Grand Bazaar. I would have enjoyed it more, if I had been rested and could explore it at leisure. As with any tour, some things get a bit less time than others.... but of course, you know what you want to come back and visit.

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