The bus to Istanbul almost felt like being on an airplane: hostesses, a screen for each passenger, treats and snacks included. That one was definitely the best bus I have ever been on.
Once we arrived in Istanbul, we headed to the Asian side (Istanbul is in 2 continents: one part in Europe and another in Asia), where a good friend of mine was waiting for us.
After a short break, we directly went to the center. At the time, there was the ‘Asırlık Tatlar ve Sanatlar Çarşısı’, which in English translates to: ‘Centuries-Old Tastes and Arts Bazaar’.
It was a one-street market where people would show traditional arts and foods (as the name suggests).
Some stands sold very old traditional pieces of arts, some sold clothes from different parts of Turkey, and others sold extravagant foods and drinks.
The best thing was that many of them had free samples. Yay!
There were also artisans, such as painters, woodworkers, glass-makers and even a lollipop maker!
What fascinated me the most was the dedication to perfection and details that most of the stands had: symmetries, mix of colours and smells, with some very welcoming sellers. It was just a pleasure to just stop by and admire the setup of their stands.
The bazaar was really near the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, so we decided to head there as well.