Monday, October 20, 2014

Spice Bazaar (Istanbul, Turkey)


From Bosphorus Cruise to this one of the largest spice bazaar or spice market in Istanbul. Truly the place for retail therapy. Shop-shop but as advised by the tour guide, bargain, check if you are buying authentic goods or conned to buy the imitations and most importantly, beware of pick-pockets. Guess pick-pocketing the number one occupation and a common thing anywhere you travel now. So for the those who keep harping about the crime rate in Malaysia, do come out of the nut shells to see the world. Well, so much it says why you grow once you start visiting other countries. Being an experienced traveller, I carry so little cash and prefer the card. Of course the passport is an asset because if lost, I am doomed.    

Two hours we had to walk, see and buy. Plenty of things from the stalls lined on both sides with a walk way in the center. Almost like you name the things, you get them in this market. Not only Turkish things but things from other countries. Some things really tempting  - the Turkish sweets. spices and the soaps. Then there's the food stuffs, clothes, ornaments and goes on the list.







  





I definitely didn't want to shop. Its the second day in Turkey and I thought too early to decide. The two tour buddies I noticed were not keen but they bargained and still didn't buy. Quite irritating. So I said bye, out of the bazaar and sit on the bench.
Within another 30 minutes everyone returned. Some obviously shopped whereas others munching some snacks. Dark was the sky by 5pm. Ahh winter! Back into the coach and back to the hotel.   

Next - Trojan Horse Of Troy. 


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17 comments:

  1. wow dear lovely clicks :) u r looking great too.. i am in love with turkish delights

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  2. Woaaaaa Did I see strawberry tea and banana tea :O I wish i could taste it :D
    Istanbul has a huge market I saw thru a magazine, and instantly fell in love with it!!
    Wish to go there some day 8-> and get all those lovely goodies available :D

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  3. You look like a queen o a mission, what a beautiful place :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  4. Nice picture... you look superb!! Turkish delights ( sigh ) always wanted to have one since seeing Narnia movie :)

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  5. This place always intrigues me.. wud love to visit some day.. they are known for their strong spices.. thanks for showing us around :)

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  6. Lovely market place, loving all the spices. I'm sure the aroma was splendid!

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  7. This spice bazaar is heaven for food blogger s

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  8. You look amazing and there are sooo many tourist finds in your snapshots.

    http://thinkworkandgo.blogspot.com/

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  9. so many spices there. Yea if the stalls are the same, can assume that the price not much different too. Will be bored if seeing same thing .

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  10. Loved your picture xoxo Happy Diwali <3

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  11. The spice market is certainly a foodie heaven. You have captured the essence of it so well.

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  12. Great pictures Nava...this post brought me memories of my trip to Turkey...
    Have a wonderful week :)

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  13. I enjoyed glimpse of this spice market in global village ,U.A.E last year and i so loved it ..I am sure you had a great time in Turkey..how i wish i could visit there soon..lovely pics dear Nava

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  14. I'm so jealous! Always wanted to visit Turkey.........

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  15. the chorizo looks delicious!!!
    lucky you my friend, i really loe this market review....

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  16. Wish I could visit the bazaar some day and buy some pottery.I wonder how the shopkeepers survive if most shops sold the same stuff.

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  17. Always want to visit this place! Am sure you would have had a big smile by the end of the day walking through this market. Love those soaps- how neatly they are stacked together :) Also so many sweets and different types of tea. And yes, you look gorgeous in that pic :)

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