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LOVED RUGS AND LOVE DRUGS – Istanbul

Unbeatable value!

Irrepressible value!



Turkish Viagra comes in a little jar. A silhouette on the lid depicts a toddler with an oversized member pointing skywards. ‘APRODISIAQUE,’ declares the label, ‘For Man and Women (sic)’. At 2 euros a jar you won’t find a better offer in your junk email and you won’t find a more interesting place to buy it than in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
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VILLAGE SNAPSHOT – Safranbolu, Turkey

There was time for a bath on a hot day. Wish we'd done it.

We could have done with a Turkish bath on a hot day. Some of our more enterprising fellow travellers managed to arrange it.

Preserving historic villages hasn’t been a high priority for the Turks. Life is a struggle for many and restoring old buildings is expensive. It’s usually easier to knock down the old and replace it with something cheaper.

Which is why Safranbolu is a welcome exception to the rule. Continue reading

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TOTALLY BAZAAR – Istanbul

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We’d heard about this Grand Bazaar, one of the biggest and oldest markets in the world.

Keep your hands in your pocket, clutching your valuables. Feel the quality. Beware of imitations. Haggle and haggle hard! This place is a den of thieves and a pickpocket’s paradise – so the guidebooks say.

On the other hand, it can be fun. Continue reading

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