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More pictures of the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul. It is really a a big place.

Overlooking the Sea or Marmara and also the bridge that connects the Asian and Western part of Turkey.

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Here are some beautiful and colourful shots inside the Spice Bazaar.

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Lots of Sweet Candies or confection to choose from…. and the most famous is the Turkish Delight; is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar.

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spices anyone?

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more spices……

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colourful bowls…

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I did not know that walking on the streets in Istanbul to the Spice Bazaar was really eye opening. Lots of interesting sights.

Follow me ….

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A woman in the stall preparing food..

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Colourful shops…..

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Yemi Cami .. a new mosque…

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The spice bazaar…..

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lots of people outside the spice bazaar… locals and also tourist.

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Wanna see what’s inside of the Spice Bazaar? If yes… then follow me on my next blog. =)

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While walking outside Kapalicarsi Grand Bazaar, it was very interesting to see the activities in the near by area.

Headed to the Beyazit Square and saw this lady sitting selling bird food.

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Along the way… there were a lot of shops and hive of activities to be seen.

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Not sure what are these but one thing for sure… they are really colourful? Does anyone know what are these?

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nice? then stay tune…..

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Welcome back!! …still in Kapalicarsi Grand Bazaar. Walking around the bazaar is like walking in a maze… a huge maze.

As you can see they sell lots of this from jewellery to colourful glassware to Turkish ladies clothes.

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Each area of the bazaar sells different items…..

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accessories…….

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another part of the bazaar…..

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Outside the bazaar, there are also stalls…..

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After walking at the bazaar.. I took a walk outside and saw a group of ladies talking or selling something.

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Back in Istanbul and this time we saw more of Istanbul city.

As seen, there are trams in the city … zooming around.

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The first stop was the Kapalicarsi Grand Bazaar and it is is one of the largest and oldest covered market in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

This is one of the entrances to the bazaar…

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Some beautiful shots inside the bazaar. So.. enjoy the pictures…….

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Stay tune for more pictures……

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An early morning  aftter stopping a night in Bolu which was midway between Ankara and Istanbul. It was a forested mountain district.

This is the outlook of the place we stayed for the night.

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A view along to the way back to Istanbul.

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Sunrise shot… with the view overlooking the Aegean Sea and the ships and tankers…

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Upon reaching Istandul from the Asian side to the western side.

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More to come……

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This was the 2nd morning in Cappadocia. We left early in the morning.

A shot in the morning. Birds flying around on the tree.

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We went to the near mountain side of Cappadocia to see the hot air ballooning. Nope.. I did not take a ride up the hot air balloon if you asked me.

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This is one of the famous Blue eye charms or Nazar which is a common sight in Turkey.

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A tree with the Nazars in Cappadocia.

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Colourful knitted hats….

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Leaving Cappadocia, we headed to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It is the 2nd largest city after Istanbul. We had our lunch at the inside main railway station in Ankara.

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before heading to Atartuk Mausoleum or Anıtkabir.  It is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atartuk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey.

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More to come……

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On the way out from Cappadocia, we stopped for lunch in an underground restaurant; Altinocak Restaurant which is an underground restaurant, carved into the rock that amazes it’s guests with it’s mystic and impressive architecture.

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Beautiful oil lamp….

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After lunch, we headed to the Underground City of Kaymakli.

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walked through the passage way underground..

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Unique cafe in the old building style.

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