Part of the charm traveling Internationally, is visiting and experiencing the various markets.
Whether you are just browsing or shopping, exploring these markets can add to your trip; whether it’s something you purchased, someone you met, something you ate or, if you are a photographer, captured in your travel photo.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the markets that stands out to me. Istanbul itself is filled with fascinating sights and landmarks, but when I entered the Grand Bazaar, my senses exploded.
A labyrinth of stalls with a never-ending array of items, it was awesome. The scents of the different spices, the cacophony of the merchants and shoppers bargaining, it was much more than I expected. I found myself wandering down the winding alleys, my head whipping from one side to the other while trying not to run into anyone.
It was time well spent and added to the memories I have of Istanbul.
London also has some cool markets. One of the most famous being the Portobello Market in charming Nottingham. Lots of antiques with more than 1,000 vendors. It has second hand items also. Fruits and veggies and other items are available. To me, it was nice to just walk around and look and take in the people in a nice setting. Oh, I did grab a piece of fruit to take back to the hotel for a late-night snack.
Another London market is South Bank Centre Book Market Along the River Thames, there are tables loaded with books of every kind. Under the Waterloo Bridge vendors and traders sell vintage and second hand maps and prints and books. You can take in great views from the area and with the Market located under the Bridge stay out of any inclement weather that may occur.
I’ve collected information about different markets in destinations from Australia, Asia, Europe and more. I’m glad to pass on any information to help you have the experiences you want on your journey.
Oh, and don’t forget the Holiday Markets if you are traveling then.
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