We took a stroll today over towards the Golden Horn and found the Spice Bazaar. After the Grand Bazaar, this is one of the largest bazaars in the city. The building itself was given to the foundation of the New Mosque (which is located nearby) and paid for from revenues from the Ottoman eyalet of Egypt in 1660, following the great fire of the same year. There are 85 shops within the structure selling spices, sweets, jewelry, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts. In addition, there was an abundance of shops specializing in party goods and paper products of varying colors and designs. It was quite interesting to see the spices piled high on tables and bags full of walnuts, pistachios,and mixed nuts sitting next to them.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.