'half the world': a sojourn from istanbul to isfahan travel blog


individual shop

antep bazaar comments

bazaar from citadel

kale security

market street

city employee


han entrance


old bedesten

dear nader,

i hear the bang & clang of the coppersmiths forming copper plates

i hear the call of kebab-evis' hosts

i see the glimmer & shine of the copperware & mosque pinnacles on display in a shop

i see the colourful & deep red pantalOOns suspended in front of shops

& other shops fronted by spices & hanging dry goods

i see the deep tanned reds & blacks of traditional slip-ons proudly displayed

the all but forgotten meat market smells of stale blood meal, yet it adds to a lively & ad-hoc appearance that continues for a few blocks.

the bazaar is adjacent to a recently pedestrianized area of a few streets that incorporates many, many shops, mostly clothing.

these streets are swamped with people, most of whom seem almost jetset, but not quite.

the bazaar is calm & peaceful compared to these pedestrian streets, so i imagine it is only a matter of time before the former gives way to the latter.

0, absolutely 0 tourists here. it seems that even in relatively rural mardin they are more used to foreigners.

peace. andrew

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