Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Streets Around Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

There are some very interesting streets around the area of the Spice Bazaar.  I loved the suggestion of a story here, with the modern city tram passing the Orient Express Hotel.  This area of Istanbul called Sirkeci is where the station is located that was the final destination for the Orient Express during its heyday.

Here you can see one of the many city tram stations .

At this time of year (May) these little wagons are a common site on street corners.  You will smell the lovely roasted chestnuts before you see the wagon.

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This little Lokum (Turkish delight) and Akide ( a type of boiled sweet) shop, first opened on this site in 1777 and has become a legend in Ottoman and Turkish confectionery.  After the owner Bekir Effendi fulfilled his pilgrimage to Mecca, he became know as Haci Bekir, a title of respect given to people who make the pilgrimage.  It is recorded that this is the only business in Istanbul that can boast operating from the same premises for over 200 years.  Today the Company trades in various other location is Turkey and abroad and is run by the 5th Generation of Haci Bekir.

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Another one of the Roasted Chestnut wagons, making use of the shade from one of the outer walls of the Yeni Mosque.

Here you can see the Yeni Mosque and the Spice Bazaar, with the underpass (bottom right of picture) which leads to the Galata Bridge which crosses the Golden Horn.

The Galata Bridge is a very popular place for local fishermen.

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Here you can see the Rüstem Paşa Mosque in the foreground and the Blue Mosque in the background.  The L-shaped building with the small domes are the various small shops that make up part of the Hasırcılar Carşısı (Strawmat Weavers Market), which has a wide variety of tradesman.

I never knew Hessian Sacks came in so many different sizes.

If you every need to colour coordinate a gift box, then this is the place to come.

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This little barrow, parked in a free corner of the street, has all you need for a tobacco fix.

I love these coffee, tea and wine sets, except for maybe all of the polishing that would need to be done to keep them looking this good.

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I would love to see the size of the bread ovens that need a paddles these sizes, it would be bigger than my whole kitchen!

Here you can see the craftsmen making one of these sieves.

The streets around the Strawmat Weavers Market are amazing and will keep you entertained for hours.

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Here we have come out into a slightly newer street, lined with shops, most of these ones contained guns and hunting equipment, which is another popular pastime here in Turkey.

If you need a set of Tespih (Worry Beads) then this is the place to come.

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