1 The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is legendary—acres of shops all covered by a massive tiled roof. Here I am standing on that roof with a mosque in the background. The walkway was used by Daniel Craig on a motorcycle in a James Bond movie. Do you recall such a scene??
2 The roofs of the Bazaar are interlocking, allowing a cool interior for shopping in all weather.
3 We were taken to many, many shops within the bazaar—some were expected, others very unexpected, like Mavi Kose. This shop deals in exotic and rare jewels and gold and silver. The large gem stones in rings are supposedly real diamonds, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. I liked this gold bracelet also.
4 The cases in the shop are chock-full of treasures—rare, ornate, and valuable.
5 I was quite taken by the masses of old handmade gold bead necklaces. These are very old—part of the Anatolian women's national dress.
6 Superior silver—goblets, platters, candlesticks, lights, etc., are in abundance.
7 Rings of all sizes, stones, and carnelians can be found in this shop.
8 Religious crosses, seals, charms, and even cameos are available.
9 More necklaces.
10 In another shop, we found beautiful pins in many different crustacean and insect shapes. This crab is set with hundreds of opals.
11 In another shop, thousands of gold bangles, chains, and rings!
12 This is one of the main avenues in the Bazaar—there are almost two dozen side streets within the Bazaar. It is very easy to get disoriented and even lost under the roofs, so an experienced guide is really a good idea.
13 More of the roof superstructure. Our guide was so anxious for us to see this, and we were ever so grateful! I had missed this view on my first visit to Istanbul several years ago.
14 One can find little roof houses, entrances, exits, courier pigeon cages, paths, and minarets up on the roof tops.
15 Inside the Bazaar itself, it is imperative that one looks up—the gorgeous brick roof domes are beautifully made, dating from the 15th century.
16 Another thing to look for in the Bazaar are fine textiles. There are a wealth of them—old costumes, native dress, table coverings, and church and mosque hangings. This wonderful hanging is embroidered in a satin stitch.
17 Cashmere and silk scarves are another thing to search for and buy—lovely for gifts and even better to wear yourself.
18 I loved this shop. It has so many amazing scarves in a fine color palette.
19 Fine white and beige cashmere shawls.
20 The name of this scarf shop is Ottoamano.
21 After a wonderful Turkish bath, in a restored bath on the Bosphorus, we visited the shop of the owner. It was well stocked with interesting products.
22 The mix of old and new—yarns, bowls, ewers, towels, slippers—was intriguing and we all bought things here.
23 Daisy and Kevin were enamored of the goods. Kevin bought wonderful silver bath bowls, Daisy bought towels, and I bought towels and brass bowls.
24 We went to the antiques section of Istanbul on a Sunday morning. A few of the shops were open and the owners were extremely cordial and generous with their time. This shop had European furniture and modern pillows.
25 Wrought-iron chandeliers are commonplace and very pretty for contemporary homes.
26 I loved this little gold-leafed stool with upholstered top.
27 There is a lot of bronze, brass, and even stone available.
28 Another gorgeous iron hanging light.
29 This shop had crystal lights and sconces, marble-topped furniture, and lots of furniture.
30 We all wanted this gilt-framed mirror carved ornately with faux bois, and leaves.
31 This modern wooden slat sofa reminded me of a Johnny Swing.
32 The rugs in this shop, all from the Caucasus, were carefully rolled and stacked on shelves like fine books or art.
33 These glass doored cupboards are covered with calligraphy.
34 Old Turkish ancestor portraits.
35 More Anatolian, Caucasian, and Turkish rugs.
36 The climate in Istanbul is semi tropical—thus the banana trees and tree ferns, and cactus.
37 This shop was in an old and charming town house/mansion.
38 These long wooded "forks" were used, and probably still are used, for winnowing grain.
39 One of the dealers, Natali Gokyay, is also a cooking expert. She signed copies of her book for us.
40 Here I am, promoting the eponymous cookbook.
41 The owners of another shop asked to pose with me for a photo—everyone was exceedingly friendly even though we purchased very little that day.
42 This is the facade of one of the more interesting antiques shops.
43 It had wonderful antique glass and bronze.
44 This shop specialized in old lighting fixtures—interesting.
45 i loved the old stone basins—too heavy to carry home, however.
46 Did I say ornate and over the top??
47 Venetian glass mirrors and sconces.