Treasure Shopping in Galata

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Spring has come to Istanbul, and the city is bustling with activity. Everyone is outside and the streets are full of life. I woke-up on Saturday full of energy and excited to explore. I met my friend for coffee and we wandered in and out of the small shops that line the cobblestone street that leads to Galata Tower. Our mission for the day? To collect some treasures and trinkets that are uniquely Turkish. We are currently daydreaming of a way to share the beautiful and whimsical jewelry that seems to be everywhere we look in Istanbul, and find a way to informally or formally bring it to the United States. Here is a sample of what we admired and collected from an afternoon full of chatting, exploring and shopping…

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