Even though I enjoy shopping sometimes bargaining all the time turns the experience in something exhausting. Generally you don’t know what you are buying or if the price is accurated. Anyway when I went to Moon Light Shop I had visited other shops, so I had an idea about products and costs.
I went to Julia’s shop by the suggestion of the owner of my hotel. Julia received me with her friendly smile and her long long dark beautiful hair. She invited me to enjoy the store and feel comfortable. She only showed me the spots where I could see little souvenirs, pashminas (a gorgeous variety) ceramics, silver (made by Julia and her family), wood products and so many things that I cannot enumerate. All the handmade products are at Moon Light and prices are unbeatable.
Then, Julia let me alone with a delicious cup of apple tea, to discover by myself the beauty of her goods. I sat in the floor near to her nice cat Suzu and I selected some pillows made with old handmade embroidered fabrics. When I was almost done, I asked for her advised and we both decided those that match better. Then it was the time of the embroidered fabrics used like curtains (süsanne?)…. I got so treasures at Julia!! They are my very best and precious shopping in Turkey. Her jewelry is just amazing and unique. Everything was packed in beautiful boxes and her husband took the time to wrap in bubble paper each one of the small cheap souvenirs. She also re-wrapped some marble things I had bought in other store.
With Julia the fact of buying turns into the experience of knowing what you are buying (or not buying). You will know the difference between the diverse designs; the meaning of a tulip or a carnation; the special techniques to paint the ceramic according to teachers requirements and patrons; you will distinguish Turkish goods from those that belong to other countries; will learn about the significance of the mystical and spiritual whirling dances and dervishes (visit a Culture Center as she said, instead of going to see a dance for tourists at a restaurant); and much more.
She is full of knowledge and love for her products and for her land and culture. I spent around two hours enjoying the shop but also her talk and friendship. Turkish hospitality comes true at Julia’s. She is without any doubt, a woman to admire because of her honesty, authenticity and happiness.
Julia, if it happens that you read this comment, know that I hope that life give us the chance to meet again. In the meantime, you are in my memories and in my prayers. Blessings and go on!!!
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