Sunday, April 28, 2013
The fabulous Spice Bazaar
Having regained our land legs, we set of for the Spice Bazaar that we knew was somewhere nearby. We walked along very crowded streets that became narrower and narrower eventually closing out the sunlight. Most of the endless stalls, at this point, were selling household goods and hardware. We soldiered on and finally we were in the Spice Bazaar, built with money paid as duty on Egyptian imports. From medieval times spices were a vital and expensive part of cooking and became the market's main produce. Since Istanbul was on the trade route between Europe and the Orient, the bazaar came to specialize in spices from the Orient.
Later we had another delicious dinner. I have become a real fan of Turkish food. I had grilled chicken in a yogurt sauce on a bed of shoestring potatoes served with grilled tomatoes. Seamus had lamb cooked with mushrooms, peppers, almonds and sultanas in a phyllo pastry. All this was served with a delicious Turkish red wine. Lovely.
We decided to forego the tram experience and walk back to the hotel passing through another small bazaar. This time we ended up, somewhat to our surprise, in a big hookah restaurant or coffee bar. Everyone was smoking a hookah. You would think that it would smell awful but it was actually quite pleasant since everything had a mild apple smell to it and the area wasn't too smoky. We continued on our way and after a few more turns found our way back to the hotel.