Dubai Post 34: A Shopper’s Paradise
|One of the many entrances to the Bazaar. It is located right in the|
heart of the old city.
|Turkey is known for their rugs...I was not in the market for one.|
Istanbul is home to a number of different bazaars. You can be walking down a street and find tables set up with all kinds of trinkets and jewelry. Yet the two most famous bazars in Istanbul are the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.
I had about two to three hours left before my flight and still had not done any shopping while in Turkey. I therefore headed to the Grand Bazaar in hopes of finding some gifts. The Grand Bazaar is the only covered bazaar in Istanbul and was like a scene I have never seen before. Thousands of store owners and shoppers are bargaining pottery, famous Turkish rugs, scarfs, spices and the list goes on and on. Luckily, I had Sedef with me. She was able to haggle the merchants to a price well below a “tourist price”.
|It looked as if it went on for miles and miles.|
|Everywhere you look there is Turkish ceramics. My mother would|
have been gone months shopping for this.
|Be sure to buy some spices or tea as well.|
Two hours was not nearly enough time. I was able to stop at four or five stores out of the 4,000 inside. I knew what I wanted to get so I was able to get in and out quickly. However, had I been with my mother, sisters and girlfriend, it would have been a painful experience. I imagine most women would be similar to those four, so guys if you are traveling there with a woman, find a cozy pub outside and saddle up there for a few days.
All in all it was a great experience. I was able to mingle with the true people of Turkey who were just trying to make a living. Not to mention attempting to bargain in Turkish was quite enjoyable.
|They literally had everything in the bazaar.|
|Enjoying the last few hours in Turkey.|