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article imagePhoto Essay: Shops in Turkey Special

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By Lonna Lisa Williams     Dec 30, 2012 in Travel
You can find the most interesting and unique shops in Turkey. From Istanbul in the north to Antalya in the south, browse through displays of spice, tea, gold, sweets, vegetables, pottery, glassware, clothes, and surprising things you can't even name.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is known throughout the world for its amazing array of goods. Located near busy waterways and regal mosques, this huge, tiled building encloses stalls of oriental spices, exotic teas, colorful glassware, hand-made pottery, silver tea sets, gem-inlaid jewelry, traditional rugs, and even belly-dancing gowns. You can find a woven coin bag for just a dollar or a gold necklace in the "Sultans of Harem" style—for thousands.
In nearby Kocaeli, you can see bakeries, candy shops, fresh vegetable and fruit markets, and even the outdoor gypsy stalls. Wedding gown boutiques are common, and you won't believe the flounces and frills attached to those blooming skirts with low-cut necklines. Sequined evening gowns are displayed in windows near full-length traditional skirts and head veils. Muslim shops feature Arabic writing on gilded mirrors, shawls, and prayer beads.
In southern Mediterranean areas like Antalya, old stone markets are sheltered in castle walls. Cobbled streets guide you through carpet shops, craft stalls with hand-painted gourds, brightly-colored pottery aisles, and hand-blown glassware lit by candles. You can admire traditional silver pomegranates used as sugar bowls in cafes, next to tiny spoons and tea glasses shaped like women's torsos. Florists display fresh-cut flowers done up in huge bouquets placed on wooden stands. Modern items like name-brand shoes and handbags are often hung opposite traditional plateware.
Wherever you go in Turkey, you will wonder what are those dried, mushroom-looking things hanging from the ceiling, what is the name of that machine through which people smoke watery tobacco, or how can they make such tiny coffee cups out of metal and graceful dispensers shaped like Aladdin's lamp. Even if you don't have money to buy anything you see, you can always take photographs to remember the shops in Turkey.
Lonna Lisa Williams
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After docking  walk to the Grand Bazaar
After docking, walk to the Grand Bazaar
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The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul features shops like this one with traditional plates
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul features shops like this one with traditional plates
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This spice shop features oriental treasures like saffron
This spice shop features oriental treasures like saffron
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Exotic teas like  Tourist Chai  from the Black Sea or Rose Tea from Isparta
Exotic teas like "Tourist Chai" from the Black Sea or Rose Tea from Isparta
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Handmade cups and perfume bottles add color to this shop s shelf
Handmade cups and perfume bottles add color to this shop's shelf
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A shop featuring headscarves and traditional tunics in Turkey
A shop featuring headscarves and traditional tunics in Turkey
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I try on a veil at the belly-dancing clothes shop
I try on a veil at the belly-dancing clothes shop
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A juice shop beckons thirsty tourists
A juice shop beckons thirsty tourists
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A shop selling colored lamps glows near Galata Tower
A shop selling colored lamps glows near Galata Tower
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The busy Taksim district of Istanbul boasts modern shops set in Victorian buildings.  Notice the tra...
The busy Taksim district of Istanbul boasts modern shops set in Victorian buildings. Notice the traditional blue glass luck charms for sale to the left.
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A fish vendor calls out near the docks of Istanbul
A fish vendor calls out near the docks of Istanbul
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Turkey: Shops in Izmit  Kocaeli
Turkey: Shops in Izmit, Kocaeli
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An Izmit bread shop
An Izmit bread shop
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Delicious displays inside a Turkish bread shop
Delicious displays inside a Turkish bread shop
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A sweet shop that specializes in baklava  which the Turks invented  not the Greeks
A sweet shop that specializes in baklava, which the Turks invented, not the Greeks
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Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables
Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables
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The open-air gypsy market for fresh vegetables
The open-air gypsy market for fresh vegetables
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One of the many gold markets.  Turkish women wear gold bracelets when they are married  and guests g...
One of the many gold markets. Turkish women wear gold bracelets when they are married, and guests give gold coins.
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A traditional Muslim dress shop
A traditional Muslim dress shop
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One of the many wedding dress shops.  The Turks go all-out for traditional weddings.
One of the many wedding dress shops. The Turks go all-out for traditional weddings.
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A fancy evening gown made to fit
A fancy evening gown made to fit
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Traditional Turkish markets also sell modern goods in the Old Castle section of Antalya
Traditional Turkish markets also sell modern goods in the Old Castle section of Antalya
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A shop that features hand-made dolls and other local crafts
A shop that features hand-made dolls and other local crafts
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A shop  nestled in the old castle walls and cobblestone streets  that offers clay pots and ceramic d...
A shop, nestled in the old castle walls and cobblestone streets, that offers clay pots and ceramic dishes
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Rugs along a wall
Rugs along a wall
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Inside a rug shop
Inside a rug shop
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Glass blowers demonstrate their craft
Glass blowers demonstrate their craft
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Rugs along stairs leading to the castle
Rugs along stairs leading to the castle
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Roadside shops on top of a scenic hill
Roadside shops on top of a scenic hill
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A boy minds the loom at a roadside market on top of Castle Hill
A boy minds the loom at a roadside market on top of Castle Hill
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A modern cafe in an old stone building shows its delicious  wares in a glass case
A modern cafe in an old stone building shows its delicious wares in a glass case
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After all that shopping  relax at Paul s Place  a cafe next to a gift shop
After all that shopping, relax at Paul's Place, a cafe next to a gift shop
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