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A bohemian paradise on the top of the Grand Bazaar

Just my idea of heaven

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Day 9 in Pondicherry

My mother and I did a cooking class at the Sita centre in Pondicherry. It consisted of a class of three hours and then eating what we had cooked. Before actually cooking the teacher takes you to the Big Market on Gandhi Road and then the fun begins! As I was so busy cooking I didn’t get to take many good photos but I at least got the photos of the market, which is really interesting, and of the final results of the food. The market is broken down into “sections”. There is the meat section, the flower section, the fish section, the spice section, the fabric section (where I bought a magnificent hand woven bead throw), the vegetable and fruit section. I really loved this market with its high energy and playful atmosphere.

I will re-make these recipes soon and post them for you so you can get a taste of the south of India. I miss that place so much already.

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Fish Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar, Pondicherry

Big Market Grand Bazaar, Pondicherry

Big Market Grand Bazaar, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Big Market, Pondicherry

Grand Bazaar Big Market, Pondicherry

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

Cooking Class in Pondicherry, Sita Centre

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I love you still, Istanbul

It’s been three months since my love for Istanbul flourished and it’s safe to say that it hasn’t faded. We came for a two-night weekend getaway and it did so much good to get away from Paris for a few days.

Home-made olives and Turkish cheese.

Our wonderful friend.

Two of the lovliest people in Istanbul. They have such warm hearts.

Emrah is quite the chef. He made these incredible potato balls with lots of herbs and dill.

A new friend. In a cat hat.

After a bit too much wine!

Polaroids and Turkish tea.

At one of the best cafés in Istanbul: mavra galata.

Istanbul I’ll be back soon, I promise.

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Day 5: My Adventures in Istanbul

The architecture of Istanbul makes for most of its charm. The architecture in this magnificent city depicts a large mixture of structures which reflect the many influences that have made an indelible mark in all districts of the city. The ancient part of the city (the historic peninsula) is still partially surrounded by the Walls of Constantinople, erected in 5th century (just a little bit old!) AD by the Emperor Theodosius II to protect the city from invasion. The architecture inside the city proper contains buildings, statues, and functional constructions which came from Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish sources. The city has many architecturally significant entities. Throughout its long history, Istanbul has acquired a reputation for being a cultural and ethnic melting pot. It really feels like the point where the East meets the West. Such a gorgeous combination. As a result, there are many historical mosques, churches, synagogues, palaces, castles and towers to visit in the city.

I just love the mosaïques, the gold arabic script, and the stone.

Day 5 was a day of exploring the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar and the surrounding areas. Bear with me, I got very camera happy and took lots of photos.

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Day 2: My Adventures in Istanbul

Today I had a wild day in the Grand Bazaar. It is such an experience! On my way, I walked through the winding streets down towards the water and Galata bridge.

The view of the sea is just a teaser of what is to come.

I discovered a wonderful modern Turkish café called Mavra Galata. Please go there if ever in Istanbul!

The architecture of Istanbul is breathtaking. There are no words… the water sparkles, the sun beats down, and the city is alive.

All the local produce. It makes me want to live here and eat olives for breakfast.

The Grand Bazaar is both spectacular and overwhelming at the same time. There is so much to see. Make sure you bargain with the sellers!

What a day! Tomorrow I am off to Princes’ Islands. Cannot wait!

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