So, with a mere two days to experience all Istanbul has to offer I checked in with Gem, our expertly knowledgable concierge at the W Hotel, and he suggested a few must-dos for this magnificent and multi-faceted city. That meant Saturday tackling the bazaars and a cruise of the Bosphorus.
1. Still a bit jet-lagged and recovering from our night in Taksim Square, we slept in until 9am, skipped breakfast, then fetched some Turkish lira from a bank machine in the Migros convenience store a couple of blocks away. They didn’t open until 10, so we wandered through the tight-packed tangle of streets admiring the entrepreneurial creativity of the shopkeepers who had wedged their tiny businesses into spaces barely half the size of our hotel room. And each with a small stool or chair outside propped outside, the better for gabbing with the vendor next door. Cozy.
2. After downloading our moolah we taksied to the Grand Bazaar, by reputation perhaps the single largest flea market in the world.