This is our 4th trip to Istanbul, Turkey to shop for jewelry.
And although it seems familiar, the Blue Mosque still steals the skyline.
The loud speakers throughout the city still announce the call to prayer 5 times a day (once at 4 AM).
And The Grand Bazaar, which has been there for thousands of years, is still as exciting to me as it was the first time I stepped inside.
However, each time it's a new adventure. This trip we choose a hotel in the old section of the city, only 5 minutes from the Bazaar.
Here the cobblestone streets are very narrow, vegetable vendors on every corner, ferile cats are everywhere and children play nearby. It feels as if it hasn't changed in centuries.
It's so different than what we're accustomed to. Many women wear head scarves and long dresses. Over 90% of the population is Muslim and yet only 45% practice the religion.
These two women make most of the jewelry I bought in the Bazaar. They are just beginning to learn English and work in public. It was challenging trying to communicate, but since jewelry is an international language it was fun! Here are a preview of some of the pieces I bought from them.
Click on the link below to see a video of these women and my favorite shop in the Bazaar.
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