Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kapalı Çarşı

Today I went to the Kapalı Çarşı (Kapa-luh Char-shuh), otherwise known as the Grand Bazaar. 58 labyrinthine streets of carpets, scarves, silver, leather, hidden cafés and just about anything imaginable. Parts of it date back to 1455. It's a fantastic place to get lost in, and no matter how hard I try, I just can't leave without picking up a thing or two. Today I left with two boxes from Afghanistan— I've had my heart set on acquiring a few of these for years— and a brilliant blue scarf. Lunch was a delicious chicken döner sandwich from a little stand outside the bazaar. Döner literally means "to turn," it's meat on a vertical spit thats shaved off into a fluffy piece of bread with anything from french fries and cabbage to tomatoes and pickles stuffed inside. Whether it's a chicken or a lamb döner, it's my all-time favourite sandwich.


Lady Orlando said...

That döner looks so nice... and I'm hungry :D

That place is awsome. I bet I wouldn't resist myself of buying tons of things if I were there :)

szaza said...

It is so hard to not buy everything you come across! Luckilly I had a limited amount of money in my pocket :)