After spending a little more than a week on the Turkish coast we flew back to Istanbul for one final night before I would fly back to Riyadh. We had saved most of our souvenir shopping for last so we wouldn't have to lug all our treasure with us. We checked into our hotel, and headed off towards the Grand Bazaar, supposedly the largest covered bazaar in the world. It is enormous, and over whelming, and highly hilarious. The constant hassling, and hit-ons by the shop boys is pretty funny!! Almost anything you could ever want is for sale, and at very negotiable prices. My travel partner and I were in the market for Turkish lamps- which are beautifully ornate, and quite specific to the region. There are hundreds of different designs, and sizes to choose from. After much consideration I chose a bright multi-coloured set that should match what few furniture possessions I own!!
All in all Turkey was a blast, and we packed a lot into 16 days. I returned to Riyadh just as tired as when I left, and actually am sort of looking forward to unpacking my suitcase for a minute!! Not sure what my next travel plans will be, or where, but am sure something will be on the horizon!