November 3, 2011

The Grand Bazaar

I’ve always been intrigued by the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Visions of the exotic passageways overflowing with hand-woven carpets had filled my head (just like those sugar plums!). Needless to say, I was extremely excited to visit this centuries-old marketplace in person, and I am happy to report that it did not disappoint. It was sensory overload in the best kind of way. The labyrinth of passageways, adorned with arches and frescoes, could have kept me occupied for days. You can buy everything from an antique tea kettle to a woven bag to mother of pearl jewelry to a leather jacket to silk scarves, colorful mosaic lanterns, giant throw pillows, hand-painted ceramic dishes, carpets (of course) and the list goes on and on. To refuel throughout the Bazaar journey, there are tiny little tea stands nestled between shops; the perfect, cozy spot to sip a traditional çay (Turkish tea) and people watch. Here are a few snaps from this amazing place!