on June 28, 2007
The Grand Bazaar is a flurry of activity. Locals selling food, hand made crafts, jewelry, clothing, anything you can think of. I am told it actually has about 4,000 little shops altogether, so it really needs to be a couple days well planned to see it all. It has amenities such as restrooms, postal services, places to eat, etc; all under this magnificent cover. It can be overwhelming, but a must-see just to experience. Some places will bargain with prices, others will not. We had a new set of wedding rings made in a local jewelry store since gold is a good buy over there. We were able to order it and go back and pick it up a couple days later. The colors, sights, sounds, culture and smells were amazing. There is a spice bazaar as well filled with any imaginable spice, incense, or fragrance you may want. Istanbul is full of bazaars and markets tucked in alleys and under buildings that have been converted into marketplaces. Of course, one of the main types of merchandise is rugs and carpets, which are sold everywhere from a corner store, to a more upscale businesses, and in the bazaars. It is a definite must see for something different.
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