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With up to 400,000 visitors a day and a history that dates back to the 15th Century a must see site on your holiday in Turkey is the Kapalicarsi also known as the Grand Bazaar. Back in the 15th Century the Bazaar started off as two warehouses, but after several fires, an earthquake and numerous extensions and rebuilds, the Grand Bazaar is now Turkey’s largest covered market and is thought to have over 3,000 shops on 61 streets which are named after the products which can be found on them.

There are 4 main entrances to the Bazaar. When entering one of the entrances of the Grand Bazaar you will instantly be hit by an array of bright colours, noises and exotic smells from the range of exciting goods on offer. The initial experience may feel overwhelming but as you wind through the streets of the Bazaar you will start to realise that amongst the chaos there is some structure to the layout.

Fundamentally the Bazaar is based around two bedestens which are domed structures used for storage. Near the bedestens you will find the more expensive products, as traditionally these were stored in the bedestens at night to keep the goods safe. Therefore you will find all the expensive products near each other. These products are also grouped together into types of products. For example jewellery and antiques are both expensive goods so will be near to each other but they will not be mixed together on the same street. As mentioned earlier the streets are named after the products which are found on them so you may enjoy learning to speak a bit of basic Turkish before your holiday to Turkey so you are able to find the products you are looking for with a little more ease.

Even though the navigation around the Bazaar may seem a little simpler now, there is still just so much to see, so it is still a good idea to spend at least half a day enjoying the bazaar while on your holiday to Turkey. The Grand Bazaar offers everything from beautiful handmade carpets and antiques, to spices and dried fruit. There is an abundance of treasures to discover so is the perfect place on your holiday in Turkey to pick up some unique souvenirs. A popular souvenir to buy is gold. Turks are renowned for being fond of gold, as in the past their currency has had a penchant to devalue, so they tend to invest in gold. It is also traditional in some parts of Turkey for the groom’s family to present the bride’s family with gold bracelets before they get married.

If however you have a passion for ceramics you will adore the Bazaar. Turkey has been producing beautiful coloured ceramics since the 16th century. The master potters from Kutahya are still making pottery and prices range from a few pounds to a few hundred pounds.

There are so many other interesting products to buy in the bazaar so you may want to brush up on your bartering tips before your holiday to Turkey, or you could just take pleasure in the architecture and the local people’s Turkish hospitality and enjoy some window shopping. If you do want to shop but want to get out of the hustle and bustle, you can explore the bazaar and find plenty of quieter areas tucked away where the locals shop. The whole experience may sound very chaotic but if you are staying near Istanbul, your holiday in Turkey is not complete without getting lost in The Grand Bazaar.

Shopping in Eastern Canada

Gangtok is a beautiful capital town of Sikkim, which is located in the hills of Shivalik in the eastern Himalayan range. The place is situated at an altitude of 1,437 metres above the sea level and popular all over the world for its exotic locations and scenic beauty. The town is considered as one of the most sought after tourist places in eastern part of India. Every year people come here from all over the places to take respite from day to day hectic schedule.

The place is also popular among people as a honeymoon destination. Apart from its tourist sites, the town is famous for its shopping places located in and around the town. Like all the hill stations, Gangtok also carries same features such as shops on the sides of the steep roads, narrow alleys, and well organised markets. The shops in this town are lined-up on the narrow alleys leaving small place for tourists to walk.

The markets of this town remain filled with the crowd of tourist through out the summer season, however, at the non season time one can find less tourists here. Gangtok is one stop destination for buying products like Tibetan woollen and carpets with exclusive designs, wooden tables, tribal face masks in form of wall hanging, religious scrolls, prayer wheels, numerous types of accessories, dragon sets, etc.

The place is basically popular for handicraft items and woollen clothes. Apart from its tourist sites, the town is famous for its shopping places located in and around the town. Like all the hill stations, Gangtok also carries same features such as shops on the sides of the steep roads, narrow alleys, and well organised markets. The shops in this town are lined-up on the narrow alleys leaving small place for tourists to walk. The markets of this town remain filled with the crowd of tourist through out the summer season, however, at the non season time one can find less tourists here

. Gangtok is one stop destination for buying products like Tibetan woollen and carpets with exclusive designs, wooden tables, tribal face masks in form of wall hanging, religious scrolls, prayer wheels, numerous types of accessories, dragon sets, etc.

The place is basically popular for handicraft items and woollen clothes.

Where to Buy: The major shopping zones of this town are:

• New and Old market

• Lal market

• M.G.Road shops

• Kandoika

• Sikkim Art Emporium

• Charitrust Tibetian Emporium

Shopping Tip: Most importantly, if you are not smart at bargaining, then above mentioned things may cost your pockets more. Hone you bargaining skills before stepping into the market for saving little money on you budget.

Shopping in Central Canada

One of the main reasons tourists from all over Australia as well as the rest of the world visit the Cairns region of Australia is its many wildlife sanctuaries. However it is worth knowing that there are still plenty of other things to do in downtown central Cairns. Most people visit the central district to do some shopping, though visiting central Cairns is also worthwhile for the numerous restaurants and bars. Whether you are driving through on your way to the wharf or are staying in one of the many high quality Cairns hotels, there are some delicious dining options to discover in the city.

If you are looking to do some shopping, then the best place to visit is Cairns Central. Cairns Central has all the usual department stores and is a great place to go if you have left an essential clothing item at home by mistake. It is also a great place to pick up a new swimsuit or some of the hottest resort wear. Australians live for the beach and as such the country is a great place to buy beach and surf wear.

Cairns Central at night is also a fun place to visit as it is close to a number of downtown hotspots. There is a also a movie theater in Cairns Central if you are looking for something laid back to do after a busy day out on the roads or beach. Cairns Central also has some great restaurants and also a popular sports bar that sits up on the second floor and overlooks the busy local intersection.

One of the additional features at Cairns Central is the Parents Rooms located in the first floor. The space has been set up for families to take a rest as will as use necessary facilities such as a microwave to heat bottles and baby food. The Parents Room is also located near the main food court so that families have easy access to a delicious lunch. The room has a variety of toys for children to play with and plenty of space for them to move around.

Some of the more popular brand name stores include both British and American stores as well as Australian labels. Target has been growing in popularity over the years and Coles has recorded high sales in the northeast. Myer and Target are the two biggest stores in the shopping mall, but there are a number of other smaller shops where you might find more fashionable and personally likeable items.

Cairns Centre is also located near the Cairns Railway Station making it extra convenient for you and your loved ones. The Cairns Railway will take you to a number of places in the region. You can park at the shopping mall and go on a little adventure for a day or even a few. The train station is mostly used by residents in the Queensland area, as Cairns Central is the largest shopping center in Cairns.

Cairns Chopping Center also one of the best coffee shops in the region where you will find a yummy display of hand roasted treats as well as fresh bakery goods. You can choose from array of danish items with a very special Australian recipe or perhaps try some Pavlova. The Pavlova cake was made famous by an Australian chef when he made a very special dessert from scratch the stunning dancer Anna Pavlova. It has since become a national dish and is made with a creamy meringue and fresh fruit such as strawberries and kiwi. To try this delicious dessert just head to any number of traditional restaurants. It goes well with coffees, teas and especially sparkling wine or champagne.

Shopping in Western Canada

Kochi is one of the renowned tourist destinations of the Indian state of Kerala. The place is popular for its exotic tourist locations, which bring tourist here from all over the places. The tourists who come here not only get mesmerised by the tourist locations but also the items that are exclusively available in this place at affordable prices.

Kochi is a major hub of trade of Kerala as well as India involved in the trade of spices, coffee, rubber, pulses, and clothes. When you reach this town’s market, you eyes will start wobbling by seeing the verities of items in the shops. The place not only tops in handicraft but in all types of items that you want to keep in you collection. When you step in the market you will find the shops selling grass mats, silk saris, silk clothes, metal work items and utensils, coconut-shell crafts, rose woodcarvings, handmade gold jewellery, and sea shell jewellery. You will also find here several shops of spices selling fresh and pure spices. You will get various type of spices such as cinnamon, coriander, clove, Coriander, Cumin, Cardamom, Garlic, Pepper, etc.  You can get these spices in solid form as well as grinded form.

Kochi is one stop destination to buy exotic handicrafts; here you can get a wide range of handicraft such as Kathakali costumes, metal lamps, paper weights, book stand, coconut shells made nut bowls and spoons, etc. You can also find rosewood carved animals and other unique articles. Once you have made the selection of what to buy from the above given list, then straight away head to clothes’ corner to buy silk items. South is famous for silk saris and other clothes. Buy a set of pure silk sari and if you want you can buy ‘mundu’ an attire of man.

Kochi is a seaside city, which consists of the Western Ghats located on its eastern part while the western part is dominated by the Arabian Sea. The regions enjoys a moderate kind of equatorial climate because of its unique locate in proximity to the equator. Kochi may seem to be a small town to the tourist but because of its outgrown culture and natural location, it is one of the most sought after destinations in India. The nearby popular attractions include regions like Cochin, Fort Kochi, Ernakulam and Mattanchery. Kochi still carries the old town charm in the balance with its modern image so that visitors always feel like home here.