Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Grand Bazaar – a Spitfiregirl’s Adventure

Hello Vigilantes!

I’m so excited to be back on Olivia’s blog, sharing something that is so near and dear to me – Istanbul. As Olivia alluded in our joint posts last week (seen here and here), I once lived in Istanbul. While it was many years ago, I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was just 23 when I arrived, spending almost 6 formative months learning not only about this amazing country, but about myself too.

From the sparkling Bosphorus, the impressive Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia (my art history favorite), to a new culture, cuisine and religion…Istanbul is truly a magical place. I spent a lot of time exploring, and one of the places I enjoyed the most was the Kapalıçarşı or The Grand Bazaar.  The Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets with a staggering 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops.

A few times a month, I’d jump in a dolmus (shared van/taxi) or the city bus and make the journey to Eminönü, part of the walled city of Constantine – where the Grand Bazaar is located. Looking back, I’m pretty darn impressed that I did that alone…so very vigilante of me!

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Eminönü (now part of the Fatih District) is my favorite part of Istanbul.

The entrance to the Grand Bazaar

The main entrance to the Bazaar, which sees between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

Inside the Grand Bazaar

Inside the Bazaar, the national flag and banners of Atatürk – the first president of modern Turkey – are everywhere.

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One of my first memories of the Bazaar was of all the mosque lamps. So enchanting.

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Pottery, Tiles and the Turkish Eyes.

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So much to experience at the Grand Bazaar.

If this post has whet your appetite for all things Turkey, check out Olivia’s post on Spitfiregirl, for a beautiful roundup of turkish textiles!

Xo,
Heidi  / Spitfiregirl

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