Mary-Austin’s travelogue

Pistachio Turkish Delight

Pistachio Turkish Delight

Storefronts lining the boulevards in Istanbul's Golden Horn district offer a delectable selection of sweets and snacks.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates

Street vendor in Istanbul offering fresh Pomegranates

Melamine Overload

Melamine Overload

Plastic plates, bowls and serving trays galore in this store located on a street outside of the Grand Bazaar where many other plastic related products were for sale.

Outside the Grand Bazaar

Outside the Grand Bazaar

A multitude of embellished sweaters and t-shirts in sherbet colors.

Spice Bazaar Entryway

Spice Bazaar Entryway

Just a hint of the colors and textures that abound in the Spice Bazaar's passage ways.

Soap Shopping

Soap Shopping

Istanbul's Ramazan festival had many booths selling different items. This one sold soaps that looked like very realistic fruits. They give you a basket similar to one used to purchase produce and then you pick out the fruit you want, then they wrap them up to make a gift basket.

Turkish Rugs

Turkish Rugs

The streets surrounding the Blue Mosque have many rug galleries to shop at. The proprietors usually offer you apple tea while they show off their rug collection hoping to entice you to purchase one. The cost of a rug usually includes shipping to your home abroad.

Spice Bazaar Textiles

Spice Bazaar Textiles

Not all stalls sell spices. Some sell embroidered textiles, leather goods and jewelry.

Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar

Istanbul's historic spice market. A feast for the senses.

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

One of the passageways lined with small storefronts selling a variety of Turkish wares.

Mary-Austin Klein

Mary-Austin Klein has been a member since 8 January 2008 and goes by mojave29.

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I am a California native born in San Bernardino and raised on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, I have lived in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles since 1989. Inspired by travels through the Mojave Desert, a cabin was purchased in Twentynine Palms, CA. as a second home and desert retreat.

Adventure and discovery drives me. I am a painter. My imagery comes directly from explorations of the surrounding landscapes of Los Angeles and far beyond. I fit vast landscapes into my small-scaled...

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