Istanbul – Bazaar – 4

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’

Not all the souvenirs on sale in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul are tourist tat. Some areas in the market sell some seriously expensive articles – the way to tell which shops these are, is that the people selling these antiques and collector’s items don’t hassle passers-by. They just watch the people browsing. Such was the case with me when I looked in a shop window and saw what I thought was a little Lenin badge. He was looking earnest as usual with a hammer and sickle and a Soviet flag in the background. The red and gold colours were radiant and I thought it was a beautiful objet d’art. The owner was inside his shop but made no move to come outside

 

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