Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The mother of all bazaars

We arrived in Istanbul this past weekend and haven't stopped since we arrived. 
There is so much to share and yet I am challenged with limited internet time when exploring a city of 17 million people!

We have already done a lot, but today, let me introduce you to the
Grand Bazaar.

Oh man ... is it GRAND ....

The world's oldest market venue remaining much as it was centuries ago.
With a labyrinth of over 4,000 shops,
the colors, fragrances and persistent shopkeepers
soon put one's senses into overload.

Although I am not much of a 'shopper'
it was a MUST to experience.

 It is a bit challenging to wind your way around the city.  
Lots of walking, lots of wrong directions.  
But we finally found our way there.

 It is massive and overwhelming.

 So much that as we entered we stopped for some lunch 
just to have the reserves to continue.

 Once nourished, we began our trek ...

 ... among the masses.

There were lots of textiles

and gold ...

and silver

 and pottery

and glassware

 and lots of water pipes (hookahs)
and leather and jewelry and rugs and rugs and rugs.
Thousands of shops.

And we were lost most of the time while inside.
It took many tries to find our way
outside again.

 But we finally found an exit!

 And worked our way back to our hotel.

It was something to experience!
Especially for a non-shopper like me.

As you know, I much prefer views like last night's sunset. 
It was gorgeous.

But more on that on another day.

I probably won't be around visiting much while away
but will try to post some of our adventures
while here.

 By the way, 
I enjoyed your safe travel wishes and 
humorous comments from my last post.
(thank you)


TexWisGirl said...

i was feeling claustrophobic as i read your post! :)

Hilary said...

Yup, I'm with Tex but is sure is colourful. Lovely sunset, also.

Sylvia K said...

Yep, I'm wiwth Tex and Hilary, too! But how colorful and exciting! Terrific post and photos, Reena! And what a sunset! Awesome! Looking forward to the next batch of photos!
Have fun!


She Who Carries Camera said...

4000 shops!!! yowza!

Wayne said...

All that plus the amazing history! Awesome photos!

MadSnapper said...

you must be on sensory overload, also photog overload, and I am with Tex, it is a bit claustrophobic with all that STUFF, i am a neat nut

Brian Miller said...

oh wow i would get lost there all day and love it...haha...so many people...so much to take in and see...smiles...

E.lizabeth said...

you live a wonderful fun life. i love the 1st shot. all are gorgeous. i love to see the whole skyline & all those house. just lovely. enjoy your trip. (:

grammie g said...

Hi Reena... Magnificent photo looking over the city...but I also would be feeling claustrophobic in those narrow places with so many people...all that glass ware made me suddenly thing I would not want to be there in and earthquake either ; }}, but it is beautiful!!
Truly a labyrinth though ..glad you found the way back out!!
Gorgeous sunset shot hope you enjoy many more while you are there!!

Meryl Baer said...

Beautiful pictures and sounds like an awesome trip.
So what did you buy - you must have been tempted to buy a few things - probably small and unbreakable items for easy traveling!

Kathryn Dyche said...

It looks like a completely overwhelming treasure trove.

Lois Evensen said...

Your post brought back memories of when we were kidnapped in Morocco. It was scary. I would pass on a similar opportunity.

Country Girl said...

So interesting. But I'm more like you. In fact, it's all too much for me and I believe I would be overwhelmed and ready for a drink and a sunset. Ok, several drinks. xo

Hello to the Professor ~

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Too much. I like what you showed. I am satisfied.

Unknown said...

WOW! I would want to go just for the experience. Such cool shots. And the sunset look amazing....


Ann said...

Now that looks like something I could really enjoy. However I would have to leave my husband behind because he would absolutely hate it :)

Dianne said...

I can see your mind is going to be on over-load Reena .... All those photo opportunities ... enjoy it all and take care.xx

eileeninmd said...

Reena, amazing photos from Istanbul. I am not much of a shopper either, but I love to people watch. This place looks grand. The sunset is a gorgeous sight and a lovely photo.

Kerri Farley said...

LOVE that Sunset!

Pat said...

What an amazing place! Your photos are wonderful.

Gail said...

Wow, fantastic...please tell me more. This is beautiful. I can see it through your eyes and your words.

GailO said...

Incredible! What a beautiful site to see! I would love a chance to get lost in the maze. Thanks for sharing your trip with us:)

Rosemary Aubut said...

Looks like an awesome place! Enjoy!!!

Eat To Live said...

How much fun you must be having exploring all the wares. I would never be able to find my way out.

Daryl said...

Oh boy, I would have had a ball but I admit I would also have been overwhelmed by all there was to see .. continue having fun, be safe and bring me a hookah ;) Hi Professor!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, this is just amazing Reena.
I cannot even conceive of 4000 shops!
I hope you have a wonderful time there.

Patricia said...

The arches, the color, the crowds, wow!. I have a feeling that it's absolutely incredible. What an experience for you. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Gail Dixon said...

Ditto what Theresa said! Those crowds would have me so nervous, all I'd want to do is find the first exit. I'm sure there's a lot of buzz and excite, too, though. Loving that sunset shot. Thanks for taking time out of your travels to update!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would be overwhelmed with that much stuff and so many choices! But what an amazing experience!

Ruth said...

Fantastic, Reena! Oh I miss it. I still wear a gold ring I bought in one of those shops on the gold avenue 25 years ago. And once we saw Richard Nixon there! He was shorter than I expected. :-)