Shopping day

Today was shopping day but before I get to that I want to mention that after our hamam yesterday we had a wonderful dinner on the terrace at the Pasazade Restaurant. The views were great, service and food were excellent, we found a decent Turkish shiraz and the company was amazing.

Now on to today. We walked up to the Grand Bazaar the world's oldest shopping mall with thousands of stores. It is a huge maze like complex with covered street filled with shops and various hans (workshop / Inn complexes). The hans were interesting to peak into the workshops and we found some things to buy in the stores.

After finding a way out of the bazaar we went up to Suleiman's mosque which was a beautiful elegant building and an enjoyable visit. Next stop was the Egyptian Bazaar which is also known as the spice market since it was where traders from the east and west would meet to buy and sell spices in medieval times. Today it still full of stalls selling piles of spices, sweets and Turkish delight. Another full and interesting day were Europe meets Asia. Tomorrow we will be traveling up the Bosphorus Straight which is the dividing line.

January - Ah, the Grand Bazaar. It is so huge - we wandered though streets of shops, and I'm sure we didn't see more than 20% of it. It did get kind of receive after a while - there are only so many jewelry displays you can look at. I did manage to find a beautiful ring though... We did a lot of walking today, and walking on marble and stone is tiring on my feet. I'm looking forward to a day on the ferry tomorrow though, to rest my feet!

Inside the Grand Bazaar
Inside the Grand Bazaar
Suleiman's mosque courtyard
Suleiman's mosque courtyard