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District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
August 27, 2013
From journal A Week in Turkey: Istanbul
Gravesend, United Kingdom
July 8, 2011
From journal Turkish delight 2
St. Cloud, Minnesota
September 21, 2010
by Jim Rosenberg
May 23, 2004
From journal Istanbul: exotic and friendly -- a bargain, too!
Santa ROsa, California
November 15, 2002
Almost the entire bazaar is covered, so it's a great place to go if it's raining, or too hot. If you still get too hot, just wander into any carpet shop and they will close the door and turn on the AC, plunging the small room into subarctic temperatures in no time at all.
The shops sell almost everything. What was missing (and what I much preferred about the Moroccan medina) were the craftsmen creating the goods. Nothing is made in the bazaar; it's all imported (sometimes even from Turkey) and just sold here.
Although all the guide books warned us about how hopelessly lost you will certainly get, we found this was totally not the case. Not only were there street signs and tourist information signs up everywhere, but the layout of the city is pretty straightforward, with many landmarks (like the old bazaar) helping to locate you when you get lost. But again, nothing (and I mean nothing) compares to the complexity and confusingness of the market in Fez!
The Grand Bazaar is an easy 10 minute walk up the tram tracks from Sultanahmet. It is another *must see* when visiting Istanbul.
Be prepared to haggle. They expect it. You should never buy something for more than 50% of the original asking price. As the day wears on, sales get better - especially if the shopkeepers have had a bad sales day. After we finally agreed on buying a carpet, we got into a great conversation with the shopkeeper - we talked to him for an hour after closing. It's a great opportunity to meet Turkish people. It was clear to us that their friendliness wasn't just a ploy to get us to buy, as it continued well after the sale, even when we made it clear that we wouldn't be back in Istanbul for a long time, if ever.
Although a lot of deals can be had, a lot of ripoff's can also be had. It's been said that the Grand Bazaar has the best and the worst of Turkish shopping, and I have to agree. Be aware of the prices and set expectations before you enter the bazaar.
From journal Istanbul (not Constantinople)
London, England, United Kingdom
April 9, 2013
From journal Istanbul - Things to Do
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
December 6, 2010
From journal Istanbul part 2
North Charleston, South Carolina
June 28, 2007
From journal 25th Anniversary
Carshalton, United Kingdom
August 1, 2006
From journal Istanbul - Minarets and Magic
September 21, 2002
From journal Exciting Istanbul!!!!