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After licking the legendary one-pan eggs clean, I dragged Ken, my travel partner for the day, along for window shopping. Here are the top 3 places we explored:

1. Spice Market

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These are the few things to check out at the colorful bazaar:

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{the rich scents of a hundred spices}

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{precious handmade soaps displayed like jewels}

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{candies, nuts, and candied nuts}

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{earthen wares to keep your favorite accessories}

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{painted ceramics for the lonely corner of your home}

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{Turkish lamps to add some character to the house}

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{organic teas in a myriad of flavors}

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{deep sea loofahs for the bathroom}

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{pulling the cowboy hat off an owner of a lokum store, who is also a polyglot}

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2. Grand Bazaar

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If you ask me, the Grand Bazaar is more for window shopping rather than actual purchasing. Products are priced ridiculously sky high, while their originality highly questionable.

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{a gypsy bag like this should not cost you more than RM20}

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{Ken the pilot and I}

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{magic flying carpets?}

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{eye candies}

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3. Taksim

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From the Grand Bazaar, we took the tram from Fındıklı (6 stops from Sultanahmet – no change) to Taksim via this flight of stairs where we discovered my (favorite favorite favorite favorite favorite) suburb EVER named Cihangir. The place is so special I’m doing a separate entry for that.

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{make a wild wild guess of how narrow this apartment is gonna be when it’s ready}

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{A must-visit: Taksim Square}

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{an after-dinner stroll along this lonely alley behind the bustling shopping street, turned out to be a better idea after all}

 

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