This is what we woke up to at 5:00 this morning…we dont’ shut the curtains as to not miss the spectacular sunrises that Turkey has to offer!! Who needs to sleep in when you have Turkish coffee and tea to keep you fueled for the day!!
And we are off and running ….back to the shopping areas to find my silver again!!! HI HO SILVER…AWA
Some more street scenes on the walk to the side streets
Uh oh…panda slippers!! I’ ve never seen whole body ones before. Only heads on slippers!! Wish I had room to bring these home!!
Some wild jewelry at an accessory shop. The styles here are varied and unique to Turkey
This fat dog was tagged in his ear like a cow!! Later in the morning there was a disturbance on the street and the dog went yelping down the street and past me at the jewelry store. Poor thing seemed to just be extremely scared . The police came to where the disturbance was but we never did figure out what happened to upset the fat dog
This place reminded me a bit of our Claires Boutiques in the US
This candy looked sooooooooooooooooooo tempting!! The Turkish Delight was sold here too
Heres a much better photo of the Halva you saw the other day. We bought a 1/4 lb of the pistachio hal va and it is fantastic. The texture is not nearly as dry as the imported Joyva brand and extremely moist and flavorful..This was lunch
Beautiful scarves everywhere we walked….this shop had an orange, red and cobalt hand embroidered tunic I am going back to get!! We had just left the jewelry store where I went on an insane buying binge!!! Keep scrolling down to see the carnage!!!
A quick break after jewelry shopping…Steve trying a local Turkish beer. He’s feeling much better today..still stuffy and a bit tired so we are just taking it easy this afternoon
Check out that ring!!! Having myself a pineapple orange lime mocktail!! OMG I look like I was run through the ringer in this photo!!! Hand me the Turkish Towel!!! I worked up a head of steam shopping for jewelry!!!
This store cracked me up. Lots of fun clothes…very bohemian in style
As I’m shopping for clothes, Steve gets wrangled across the street into a shoeshine. As I go over there to join him, he says I need mine shined too. Keep in mind my shoes are black leather…Steves are stinky old tennies that are broken in for the trip!!! Sorry Steve but those shoes have seen better days. Steves shoeshine boy worked like crazy and got the suede to actually SHINE!! LOL!! I’m looking at them now and I don’t know how they did it but the shoes don’t look half bad!!
More beautiful scarves
Another funky ear tag for identification. We havent’ seen many street dogs who didn’t belong to someone thank goodness
OMG this place cracked me up!! So I took the photo on the fly because I loved the colors!! When I loaded the images I realized this logo is an upsidedown cartoon of a french fry with his “ketchup” coiffed “hair”!!! This place sells nothing but frenchfries which they love here in Turkey.
A lovely old building!!
Yet more scarves!!!
I thought you might like to see their Burger King sign..I looked at this and though….yes…my friends would like to see the Turkey Burger sign !!!
Now we arrive back at the room. Time to break out the wine the hotel left for us and eat the Halva we bought along with the fresh plums left in the room. We love this hotel~~~~~~~~~~~
Ok…are you ready for a Turkish jewelry show!!!!!! Here are about 1/2 of the rings I purchased. All this jewelry you see below are reproductions of traditional Turkish designs, created in a pewter like alloy which is strong, beautifully crafted and relatively lightweight……and a fraction of the cost of sterling. You can hardly tell the difference.
Here are some of the rings glowing in the Turkish afternoon sun on our balcony
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh each necklace is a treasure in itself!!! I bought a number of them to share…a few pictured here …but now I want to keep them all so let me know if you see something you are interested in and I can go back for more if I need to
These are big bold beautiful designs. I took the wooden suit form out of the room onto the balcony and padded it with towels to mimic a lifesize mannequin so you can get a feel for the scale of these pieces
Each one is completely unique. The person who sold them to me was so awesome. I gave him my card and I now have his too. His company does top notch work . Each jump ring is finished and soldered….the clasps are sturdy and smooth working…the artistry and finishing among some of the finest I’ve seen anywhere. They proudly make certain I understand that these are NOT made in China but Turkish workmanship!!….and I believe them!!!
This huge focal hangs from a 1/2″ wide leather necklace!!! The pendant is about 6″ long
Another leather necklace with a massive 5″ long focal
Ohhhhhhhh yummy!!! I couldn’t stop myself from saying “I’ll take it” to everything he showed me!!!
What an elegant piece this one is. Those circles are each about 2 1/2″ wide
And then there are the bracelets!! Each just as special as the necklaces and rings
This is a very cool bracelet. Each one is fully adjustable with a high quality lobster clasp and chain
Loved this one…lots of detail and beautiful workmanship
How am I supposed to decide what to keep and what to let go !!!!????? This is harder than beads to make decisions on!!!
We are now getting ready to go to the lounge for some appetizers and beverage to hold us off till we figure out where we will go for dinner which will be our first real meal today…Im getting mighty hungry with only Halva and coffee and a glass of wine in my system!!
So there is just a sneek peek at a few of the items I purchased on our shopping trip today. We never did make it down to the kitties again but will try tomorrow.
Till tomorrow my friends!!!!