Grand Bazaar
Mon, 24 Aug 2020  ~  Istanbul, Turkey
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Grand Bazaar
. Monday, 24 August 2020 ~ Istanbul, Turkey
 
 
 
 

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is a lot larger than the Spice Bazaar with thousands of places to spend your Turkish lira. It's old, with parts of the bazaar dating back to the mid 1400s.

The entrance to the bazaar is just an arched doorway facing a street. Inside is a maze of enclosed streets lined with small shops. Those selling similar things, say gold or women's dresses or ceramic dishes, appear together, which can either make comparisons easy or lead to decision paralysis.

The Grand Bazaar reminds me of the visually-uninteresting multi-level Bangkok shopping mall where my need for a cellphone case lead me to a whole floor of shops selling cellphone cases, presenting me with so many choices I couldn't choose.

 
 
 
The bazaar is on a nondescript street in Istanbul      
 
 
The bazaar is on a nondescript street in Istanbul      
 
 
The bazaar is on a nondescript street in Istanbul      
 
The Grand Bazaar      
 
 
The Grand Bazaar      
 
 
The Grand Bazaar      
 
Overhead tv screens      
 
 
Overhead tv screens      
 
 
Overhead tv screens      
 
Paul shopping      
 
 
Paul shopping      
 
 
Paul shopping      
 
Some people, like Kathy, enjoy shopping      
 
 
Some people, like Kathy, enjoy shopping      
 
 
Some people, like Kathy, enjoy shopping      
 
Food court      
 
 
Food court      
 
 
Food court      
 
Bacarrat game      
 
 
Bacarrat game      
 
 
Bacarrat game      
 
Lunch in the bazaar      
 
 
Lunch in the bazaar      
 
 
Lunch in the bazaar