October 24, 2012

Spice Market, Istanbul. October, 2011

Along with the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market is a major emporium here in the City of the World’s Desire. Consequently it’s filled with tourists, filled with the sounds of many languages. But it also serves as a market for locals who know that the freshness of the spices and other wares can be vouched for by the large volume of sales and quick turnaround. That said, there is a decidedly tourist slant to the goods on offer. “Premium” caviar. Belly-dancer costumes. And something called “Turkish Viagra,” a helvah-type of sweet with embedded pistachios. Today, if all goes according to our itinerary, we should be in Dubrovnik, once ruled by the Ottomans, among others. Who knows what bazaar treasures await us there?

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