A part of traveling, for me anyway, is bringing something home you didn’t really need but couldn’t come home with out. Today is dedicated to the flea markets and bazaars and farmer’s markets of the world, because who really can go their whole life without buying a velvet painting of Elvis from a man in a tent in Egypt?
The Gran Bazaar of Turkey is something to see before you die. It’s 61 streets and tunnels of shops ranging from the classy to the kitschy. Using the google timeline i was able to see at a glance that this market is very old; it was built in the 15th century. This sound like an amazing place because of the clash between ancient architecture and modern consumerism.
The Anjuna flea market on the coast of India is another cheap shopping experience. It started as a place for hippies who visited the coast, and who never seemed to have money for some reason, to barter. From the timeline tool on google, it was easy to see that this flea market became prominent in the 60s reached the height of its popularity around the 70s.
My dream home is one filled with odds and ends that i bought in markets around the world. I don’t want to travel just to shop, but i do think going shopping in a new place is all part of the complete experience.