Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Arches and Lights of The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

I have to say I would LOVE to go back to Istanbul. What a fantastic city! So much to see, so much to do.....and we had so little time. Istanbul has definitely made it on my list of places to revisit.


The following photos are all taken in the Grand Bazaar. A wonderful maze of intense color, sounds, patterns, lights etc. It took a while for us to accept that we would probably get lost in the this maze and just 'let go' and be absorbed. We did get sort of lost, but that actually didn't matter. Eventually we found our way out with our heads buzzing with impressions. I could have spend so much more time there.
Eventually :-)

I absolutely loved the architecture of this covered bazaar. Maybe we were lucky, because it wasn't particular crowded and it wasn't sizzling hot day. I can imagine that both these factors could make it a bit claustrophobic. The vaulted ceilings with bands of decorations were absolutely wonderful. In other parts of the bazaar it almost felt as if you were in a cellar even though still on the ground floor.
     

A truely amazing place.

7 comments:

Maria Soto Robbins said...

Birgitte, great photos and what exotic architecture! I can see why you would want to go back to Istanbul!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love your photos as it took me back when we fell in love with Istanbul last Fall. There's so much inspiration in the tile work, shapes and colors.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love your photos as it took me back when we fell in love with Istanbul last Fall. There's so much inspiration in the tile work, shapes and colors.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Audrey said...

How beautiful!! What a great trip. Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous photos too!!

Rita said...

Very beautiful! The colors are so vibrant and the architecture so intriguing.

Angel.Pearls said...

Ohh..what a nice place -I wish I was there!
Eva

SewDanish-Scandinavian Textile Art, Unique Handmade Supplies said...

Thank you all ladies for your lovely comments. It really was a fantastic place and the real thing is so much better than what a photo can capture.
Birgitte