Guide left us to explore on our own, as I'm sure was necessary, but the bazaar itself was not as we'd expected. Architecture was interesting but very little in the stalls appealed. Go to the Spice Market instead.
Our guide led us to the Grand Bazaar, where we had free time to eat and shop. We ended up wandering down an alley by the 2nd McDonald's and had the best meal of the entire vacation. We were the only Americans in there. They led us around to pick out the food we wanted and served us like we were family members. They finished it with complimentary Turkish tea. The whole meal cost just under 20 euro. We wished we had more time to shop, but we needed to get in lone for the Blue Mosque.
Fantastic. You can buy anything here, it is exciting, overwhelming, fun and gorgeous. You'll probably have to barter but it's all good natured. May be too much for some, a bit crowded and clausterphobic but it's a unique place so make the effort to see some of it.
The cruise lines don't do tourists any favors. Prices really are jacked for cruise passengers. My advice is NOT to shop in the cruise-line recommended stores. Carry cash and buy elsewhere. The bargaining process is fun and the store owners truly have a charm all their own in the interaction with potential buyers. It's a great experience.
It was okay. They defiantly hustled you. They will leave you alone if you do not have money. Go in further and you have better deals close to the gates prices are 3x higher and not worth it. Don't get lost! If you do its almost impossible to get out. Directions to get out aren't the best. You will not need a lot of time here. I'm a shopaholic and i can tell u after an hour I wanted to leave very badly.
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