Be physically and mentally prepared to shop in the Grand Bazaar. Be thirsty for you will drink many cups of tea. Wear comfortable shoes because there are over 5000 shops and sixty streets. The street names refer to the different trades and crafts. I must have been on leather jacket street. Be in a good mood to deal with shopkeepers who will try to lure you in. You will have many best friends and marriage proposals. Hone up on your bargaining skills. Allow plenty of time to explore. Take advantage of fresh squeezed pomegranate juice for energy. Most important – never forget your luggage allowance or you will spend the rest of your trip wondering how you will get all the leather jackets home. The Bazaar has come a long way from the original construction in the fifteenth century. They now have a website.
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