This weeks Sepia Saturday post is inspired by a photo of a shop with its exterior festooned with all sorts of produce. I don’t have any old pics of shops or markets, however I can share the following with you, from our Christmas trip to Istanbul in December 2005. We’re a bit “bah humbug” about Christmas so we took off to a non-Christian country for a change – and what a change it was! We saw the Blue Mosque under snow, visited the Topkapi Palace and had dessert in one of the famous Pudding Shops (that’s all they serve) and generally had a ball. One of my favourite places was the Grand Bazaar
You can buy virtually anything there – food, slippers, astrakhan hats, jewellery – you name it, they have it, and of course haggling is obligatory. It was in an old beautifully-tiled building, albeit a bit beaten-up, and rather loud and garish but I loved it.
Mr ImagesPast seems particularly delighted to pose in front of this fine display of plates, pots and vases
I particularly liked the stained glass lanterns which seemed to occupy every restaurant we went into – I wish that I had brought a few of the small ones back with me. I don’t regret not buying one of these though…
Belly dancing outfits! You can also buy more run-of-the-mill items here, such as
Fruit and veg and
What on earth is this? I thought it was a laundry at first, and that they also happened to sell logs (you can see a row of “logs” under the “laundry”). Wrong – it’s the Tripe and Trotter stand. When the penny dropped, Mr IP couldn’t get away fast enough, but I had to stay for the photo opportunity. Bizarre indeed! :-)
Trot off to see what my Saturday Sepian friends have made of this week’s theme!