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Day Three

On day three, I discovered that there are endless bazaars. The largest has over 4000 shops and is called the Grand Bazaar.

I could have bought Turkish rugs, coffees, and lots of clothes. Unfortunately, all the clothes were too big for me, but I did get a lucky eye charm. I practised my bartering skills with the shop keeper, and bought it for 250 Lira. It was so much fun!

Istanbul is divided into West and East by the Bosphorus Sea. It has been an important city for trade for thousands of years - so important that it became the capital city of the Roman Empire.

To get to the Eastern side, we travelled on a ferry for 100 000 Lira. Eastern Istanbul is the poorer part of the city, but they had many markets. I didn't like the smelly fish market very much, but we found a restaurant making bread in a brick oven. Yum!!

At sundown - about 5:30 pm - all the shops went quiet as the shopkeepers - mainly men - ate their first meal since 5:30 am. They didn't eat during the daylight hours for the month of celebration for Ramadan.


After night fell, there were thousands of people crammed into the streets to celebrate Turkey's eightieth birthday. Whole families came out to enjoy the carnival atmosphere. There were food stalls, music, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

See a picture of the Grand Bazaar
 


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