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Istanbul Grand Bazaar Istanbul Grand Bazaar Istanbul Grand Bazaar
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Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Type : Shopping mall
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, also known as Kapali «arsi of Istanbul is a mystery for some and an unknown and closed box for many others. To really enjoy Istanbul, you should definitely lose yourself in the city or to become one with it, and one of the most handy ways to do this is a visit to the Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is actually a separate world in the Istanbul city. It is active, busy, indispensable for Turkey's largest city. In this location which attracts tourists from around the world and hundreds of thousands of daily visitors, one discovers not only a glorious history but also antique merchants , jewellers , tanners , carpet sellers - in a word , everything one needs . As the oldest and largest bazaar in the world, Grand Bazaar was built on the orders of Sultan Fatih, to ensure the financial stability of the Hagia Sophia museum. In this historic bazaar, located between the Nuruosmaniye and Beyazıt mosques, there are two domes called "Bedesten", Cehavir and SandalĒ - the heart of the Turkish market. Beginning with its establishment and until now, the bazaar has remained the most important shopping center in Istanbul. It consists of 61 streets whose names generally describe the different businesses that are undertaken throughout the areas of the market: FesÁiler (caps sellers) KalpakÁılar (fur sellers) Aynacılar (mirrors sellers) etc. The 1500 square meters area called İÁ Bedesten, and the 1,300 square meters area called Sandal Bedesten can be considered half outside the bazaar itself. Around the Grand Bazaar there are inns which, again, are actually part of the bazaar. Today, there are over 4,000 shops in the Grand Bazaar. Most travelers who visited the Grand Bazaar in the past, portrayed it as a quiet and solemn place. Now is just the opposite. Wandering in the bazaar, you hear vendors inviting the potential customers in their stores. With these invitations, you can recognise words in maybe 10 different languages. The old style of treating customers is still valid. On the other hand, bargaining remained the basic ritual when shopping in the Grand Bazaar. This ritual is enjoyed by both the seller and the buyers. The Grand Bazaar is also the largest bazaar of jewellery in the world. To see it all, you would have to spend at least three days in there.
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Sighisoara Traditional Art Galleries - Romanian Crafts Sighisoara Traditional Art Galleries - Romanian Crafts Sighisoara Traditional Art Galleries - Romanian Crafts
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Sighisoara Traditional Art Galleries - Romanian Crafts
Sighisoara Traditional Art Galleries - Romanian Crafts
Sighisoara, Romania
Sighisoara, Romania
Type : Cultural
Traditional Art Galleries in Sighisoara (Romania) - awaits its visitors in the warm world of the Romanian village! In case you get one day to Sighisoara give a run at Traditional Art Gallery to see what beautiful things come out of the hands of true craftsmen.! In the City Square at number 8, is the House on the Rock. If you go down stairs, in the basement, you will see a cozy gallery organized by the young Tudose Mark (Spoon Man). Here you will find works of six craftsmen from Romania, grouped in different crafts: wood, painting, pottery, embroidery. With the wood craft deals Marc himself and his works are divided into two categories: religious objects and wooden spoon (the carved spoon has a long tradition in Romania). What I really liked in this corner of the citadel of Sighisoara, is that they try to make a promotion of the old, of the traditional, through stories behind it. Each item comes with a story, a symbol, a legend. The section of pottery - Like the spoons, the ceramics includes also some traditional symbols: the birds - the symbols of female and the wolves - the masculine symbols. You will see also the presence of the sun or of the seasons. Here you will discover the most beautiful icons, Romanian handicraft, spoons with stories, religious items, dishes and dish shelves, rustic furniture, wooden decorations, etc.
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Shop in the center of Amsterdam Shop in the center of Amsterdam Shop in the center of Amsterdam Shop in the center of Amsterdam Shop in the center of Amsterdam
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Nine Streets
Shop in the center of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Type : Commercial street
If you are wondering where you could do some shopping in Amsterdam, donít worry, you have plenty of opportunities! Youíll find everything you need on the famous nine streets! You`ve probably heard of it as the nine streets are the most well-known streets of the Dutch capital. Situated on the sides of the 4 main Dutch canals: the Prinsengracht, the Keizersgracht, the Herengracht and the Singel these streets are full of shops and you donít have to be a shopaholic to leave each penny in those boutiques. Each shop is different in style and you will surely find something to suit your taste. During my stay in Amsterdam Iíve walked along the nine streets several times and I would still return whenever I am in Amsterdam. However, it is impossible to remember the names of all the boutiques Iíve been to, so I will try to mention the ones that certainly made my day and that maybe will suit your taste too! The Zipper is a vintage boutique I really enjoyed. Iíve actually spent some time in there, there are so many vintage and second hand clothes. It is more likely an American style shop than a Dutch one, but they have really good vintage clothes, accessories and good prices for that matter. Another chic vintage clothing shop is Laura Dols. You will find here dresses, jackets, tuxedos, perhaps the greatest selection of vintage clothes. If you want something authentic and Dutch be sure not to miss the Kaaskamer, a shop loaded with the finest selection of cheese. In the Kaaskamer you will find over 400 different cheese types. Beside cheese it has also meats, dried fruits, nuts, wines, olives and salads and they are all of good quality. In my opinion the prices are not that high, you can buy cheese from 2 to 20 Ä per kilo, it depends on the type you choose. You must try the sandwiches they make! Absolutely delicious! I had the baguette sandwich and it was really good. You can choose from several filling and bread types. The staff is at your service, they are all cheese experts. I was relieved that they helped me pick what cheese to buy because I donít know much about cheese and with their help Iíve found out a lot. They will give you free samples as well so you will be able to taste and decide which cheese do your taste buds like. You should enter in this shop even if you donít want to buy cheese, just the sight of so much cheese is an amazing experience, in my opinion! Trust me you will regret it if you skip it! I will definitely go back the next time Iím in Amsterdam! If you get hungry in your adventure along the nine streets I totally recommend to buy a sandwich from the Hartenkaas, the choice is huge and all the ingredients are of good quality and fresh. Waiting for your sandwich can get a little frustrating, but trust me it is worth it, it will be perhaps one of the most delicious sandwiches youíve eaten. Your sandwich is prepared right in front of you from fresh bread. Iím not a big fan of sandwiches and I try to avoid eating them as much as possible, but at Hartenkaas I couldnít resist the temptation and I can say that I was so pleased that I ended up returning two times during my stay in Amsterdam. The price of a sandwich ranges between 4 and 5 Ä, which might seem expensive for a sandwich, but after all quality must be paid! I have to mention the Witte Tandenwinkel as well, as this is one interesting shop in Amsterdam. You will find here a selection of products for the dental and oral care that are not likely to be found anywhere else. I bought some funny shaped toothbrushes as gifts for some friends. These are the shops I really enjoyed visiting in Amsterdam. Hope you will find your favourite on the nine streets!
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Probably the best place to buy gifts in Cluj-Napoca
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Chic Ville
Probably the best place to buy gifts in Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Other
Since it is already winter and we have just a few days to sleep until St. Nicholas and Christmas perhaps you are thinking about buying presents for your family members and for friends. It is said that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but in fact we all know that although it is good to give presents and make our dear ones happy, we all know that finding the right present can be a hard nut to crack. If you live in Cluj or spend the holidays there, I can recommend a really good shop for presents, not only for holidays, but also for birthdays, anniversaries etc. Chic Ville has become in the last years the favorite of many inhabitants of Cluj and for very good reasons. Even the window- shoppers wonít resist the temptation to go inside and have a look because the decoration is always so beautiful and welcoming, not one detail is neglected in this shop. Itís not all about the decor, the quality of the products is as well good. You will find here presents for all ages: for kids, for elders, for your mom, for your dad, for your sisters, brothers, friends or even your neighbor. In the universe of Chic Ville gifts are all around the place and literally every nook and cranny of this place is filled with presents. Thatís why finding something particular can be really difficult. Unless you want to spend very much time here, I recommend asking for the help of the saleswomen, they will be more than happy to help you!
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A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only
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Biscuterie Chambord
A nice place to shop for some delicious biscuits and not only
Chambord, France
Chambord, France
Type : Bakery-Pastry
When you visit Ch‚teau de Chambord you might want to visit the surroundings of the castle as well and I will tell you the reasons why. Firstly, the castle itself is wonderful and you will probably spend a few hours on admiring its splendid architecture, but as soon as you have finished visiting the castle you might want to begin visiting the huge park that surrounds it. If you are lucky and by chance the weather is good and the sun is shining walking through this park is such a sweet reward! Secondly, donít forget that Ch‚teau Chambord is situated in Chambord, a town of the Loire-et-Cher department in France. The town itself is little and has many places where you can relax and chill with friends or family. Moreover, there is Biscuterie de Chambord, which you canít really avoid if you are in Chambord. You will observe it as you walk beside all those little shops, which all are full of souvenirs. Even if you will see little shops at every pace, Biscuterie de Chambord is different. The difference lies in its special decor. As you look inside you will see biscuits and other sweets quite everywhere and they all look so delicious!! Count to spend there at least one hour, because every nook and cranny of this place is filled with goodies. There are madeleines, all sorts of muffins, cakes and all are made of fresh ingredients. The chocolate muffins are absolutely wonderful! This is not only a place for those who want to taste some French goodies, but also for those who want to buy some gifts or souvenirs to remind them of Chambord. There are so many boxes with biscuits, which all have Chambord on their lid. You can choose from different designs and use then as souvenirs or si;ply as gift for friends or family. You will find black and white postcards as well which all illustrate that particular French air, butter caramels, chocolates or why not coffee. All in all, if you are in Chambord, don`t pass by Biscuterie Chambord! hope that these reasons are enough to convince you that Chambord and Biscutier de Chambord are worth your attention and time!
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Searching for a unique library in Cluj?
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Read at Cărtureşti
Searching for a unique library in Cluj?
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Cultural
Cărtureşti is one of the libraries where sometimes I go just to hang out and relax. The atmosphere is so unique, you wonít feel that you are in a library. Although the shelves are loaded with books, you wonít walk away with just a book from this library! And if you were planning on just buying a book and leaving, forget it! This little library is filled with a thousand more little things like pens, pencils, coffee and tea mugs, postcards, DVDs and CDs, even chocolate! My favorites are the mugs from the ``Keep calm and...`` collection . You will find here many things you wouldnít imagine existing in a library. I once bought a fortune cookie from Cărtureşti ! You will get so succumbed by all these little things that you can buy, that you just wonít notice how fast time passes! So if you think that Cărturești is only a library for bookworms, I would have to ask you to reconsider! Yes, there are many books, but still this place has something special, not to mention the fact that you can find here many books that you canít find in other libraries in Cluj. For example Iíve been searching for a long time Jonathan Safran Foer`s book Extremely close and incredibly loud when I stumbled on it at Cărtureşti. So, if you are searching for a book you havenít found in any library in Cluj, just try searching it at Cărtureşti as well! I would recommend this place also to those who are in a difficulty finding the right gift for a friend. They will certainly find something beautiful, even personalized. Cărtureşti is located in the Iulius mall in Cluj-Napoca, right next to Auchan. So, if you have shopping to do at Auchan just drop by at Cărturești!
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The place to get fresh bread The place to get fresh bread The place to get fresh bread The place to get fresh bread
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Panemar
The place to get fresh bread
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Bakery-Pastry
Nowadays it gets harder and harder to get fresh and tasty bread. I`ve tried a lot of bakeries in Cluj, which claim baking the bread in the traditional way, but none of them can be compared to Panemar. I still remember how excited I was at breakfast when I tasted the bread bought from Panemar and realized that it is not like the other breads. Its freshness and tastefulness were really obvious. That`s why when I hear somebody complaining about the quality of bread bought from other bakeries I always ask : have you tried the bread they make at Panemar ? But I bet you won`t buy just bread if you go to Panemar. There are so many different pastries you just can`t abstain yourself from buying at least one. I have to admit that the chocolate croissant is to die for ! And if you are really hungry there are delicious sandwiches, you only have to wait a few minutes so that they would prepare it. You can choose the bread you want your sandwich to be made of and of course all the ingredients that get inside it. Yummy! At Panemar I like the fact that it is so elegantly designed. There are many Panemar bakeries in Cluj, but in my opinion the most beautiful is the one situated in the center of the town. It is spacious, so you can sit down and enjoy your sandwich or pastry right there instead of eating it on the run. However, compared to other bakeries the price of the bread is higher, but the difference in its quality is worth that difference in the price.
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