One of my favorite things to do while traveling is blend in with the locals. This time in Istanbul, I stayed outside of the typical touristic neighborhoods and lived among locals.
On a rainy Wednesday, I stepped into the supersized outdoor market in the Fatih neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey. I brought along my camera, shopped with the locals and walked shoulder to shoulder with them all.
Weekly markets around the world feed my curiosity; visually, mentally and physically. From the way people dress, what they eat, how they bargain and buy, how they socialize, how they react to the weather, it’s all part of the local culture.
Take a walk with me inside the Fatih Wednesday market where brick and mortar shops closes to make way for the street vendors – one day a week.
Streets leading to the Wednesday Fatih market are quiet in the rain
Brace yourself – time to walk shoulder to shoulder inside the market
Organized chaos is a good sign at a market
Piles of grape leaves for sale
How much fruit can you consume? Look at how many empty crates he has behind him
Want some fresh oranges?
How about some watermelon radishes??
Dried fruits for snack time?
Pick up some eggs before crowd surfing?
Which olive for tonight’s dinner?
Cay (Turkish tea) is a welcome sight on a cold, rainy day
Simit (Turkish bagel) vendor is another typical sight in Turkey
Spices are very important to make the perfect meal!
Istanbul has a superb offering of fresh seafood as seen here
Busy head scarf vendor at the market
Sky is the limit for display space
Head turning fashions on the street
Time to exhale and head home…