the gate of Kapalıçarşı, pronounced as [kap-uh-lah-char-shuh] which means "covered bazaar", near the Nuruosmaniye Mosque..
this place attracts around 250,000 to 400,000 visitors daily..
I have been to the Grand Bazaar three times. I visited it twice in 2011 and once again last week. My parent-in-law live in the District of Bağcılar. To go to the Grand Bazaar, it takes almost 1 hour tram ride from Bağcılar Merkez to Sirkeci (Grand Bazaar) station, using the Bağcılar-Kabataş Line T1.
with one of the 17th Century kiosks and shoppers in the background, taken May 13, 2013..
leather bags and belt..
a display of colorful lamps and lantern..
different kinds of Istanbul souvenir..
My first impression of the Grand Bazaar was not good because my brother-in-law took me and my then 2 and a half year old daughter there in a very cold weather. Plus, daughter was crying, exhausted with the traffic and too much walking. On the other hand, my second visit was better with hubby and I alone. We toured the place then bought some cheap souvenirs before heading home.
thick and heavy gold bracelets in various design..
gold jewelry fit for a sultanah..
On my third visit, hubby and I checked each gold store, looking for a nice set of jewelry that we can afford. We found ourselves, together with a crowd of foreign shoppers, eyes sparkling in the sight gold coins, gold bars, and diamond accessories. Walking at the cafe and tea shop section, I remember asking hubby if we could go to a bar with a belly-dancing performer and not some jazz musician with a cool baritone sax at wwbw that night.
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