Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lonely Planet - ISTANBUL BAZAARS


A Grand Bazaar was really grand in size and at least one day needed to discover every  nook and cranny of the bazaar. Grand in size but also grand in the design of the interior...with jewellers to small cafes, carpet stores to local souvenir shops...and interestingly people drank tea all over the places holding small turkish tea glasses...

...so many men around the bazaar and not so many local women around you can see...this section can be considered as the main street of the bazaar full of jewelers and gold traders, and annual gold trading is around 10K kilogram!

...these two ladies were tourists...

...souvenirs section...

...those lights looked so fragile...


Another interesting place, the Spice Market or Egypt Bazaar, where all kind of spices can be found. Smaller than the Grand Bazaar but with so lively activities of the locals, with great sight and smell of the spices and other trading goods...here, quite a number of women can be seen around compare to the Grand Bazaar...

...sausages and dried aubergines (dark purple) hung outside the spice shop...

...spices and dried vegetables such as chilies and aubergines hung around the shop...

...nuts and dried fruits...and teas especially the turkish black teas and apple teas...

...cottage cheese and sausages...one thing the goat cheeses were very strong in terms of smell and taste...

10 comments:

Faisal Admar said...

thanks for the wish bro :)

btw, i want to go to istanbul but my friend went there last year. we had an agreement that places that we have been for any of us, we have to skip and go to the one we haven't. pretty cruel... i know but he can't go to berlin and amsterdam as well!!! hahahaha....

Inah said...

goat cheese?? never taste it!!

Naz said...

Wonderful pics, Danial! I'd love to go there one day.
BTW, grated goat cheese on fresh salad with olive oil...yummm!:)

[danial][ma] said...

hej! faisal...why don't you go there secretly...istanbul is a must destination...just go there and uncover he secrets...;-)

ps.: i won't tell you friend...

[danial][ma] said...

hej! inah...you better try it...if you can stand the strong taste and smell...;-)

[danial][ma] said...

hej! Naz...yummy with black olive too...;-)

mazddaud said...

must put istanbul in my list next time...hehehehe

In The Nite Garden said...

Goat cheese? i like the meat but if i got a chance to try the cheese, that wud be great ;p but cannot find any in M'sia la..

nice pics!

[danial][ma] said...

hej! mazddaud...yeah, is a must destination...

[danial][ma] said...

hej! In The Nite Garden...maybe you can find it in cold storage or speciality shop... i came across an article in MAS inflight mag a few year ago on sheep farm somewhere in Batu Arang, Selangor...the couple who run that farm sell the milk and products such as cheese and other related produces...maybe you can pay a visit to that farm because it is open to public to try their products...;-)

ps.: i think this is the address of that farm...

Sheeptrade Enterprise (M) Sdn Bhd
Pusat Ternakan Haiwan (Rusa)
R4 Jalan Ladang Caledonia
48100 Batu Arang, Selangor
Tel: 00-603-6035 2808

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