ALIX of BOHEMIA

THE GYPSY TAILOR

TURKEY II: MOSQUES AND MARKETS.

Alix Verley Pietrafesa

WHEN WE GO TO A NEW PLACE,

WE LIKE TO DRESS THE PART. AND WE DON'T LOOK IT, BUT WE WERE REALLY QUITE JAZZED TO BE IN TURKEY WITH A CLOTH COVERING OUR HAIR:

TAKING IN THE GRAND BAZAAR FROM A ROOFTOP, WE DECIDE TO HIT A FEW MOSQUES.

FOLLOW US!

(WE'RE PRACTICALLY LOCAL):

WE TOTALLY PLANNED TO COORDINATE OUR OUTFIT WITH THE INCREDIBLE CEILING OF THE FABLED BLUE MOSQUE. 

THE CEILING WAS DEFINITELY BETTER DRESSED, AND SUPREMELY BEAUTIFUL. IN TILED SHADES OF INDIGO, CERULIAN, AND TURQUOISE, WITH PUNCHES OF CORAL.

LOVE THE HUSH OF WONDER IN A PLACE OF WORSHIP, ILLUMINATED BY CANDLES AND A HEAVY AIR OF GRAVITAS. ITS UNIVERSAL IN SUCH FEATS OF HOLY ARCHITECTURE AND TOTALLY HUMBLING AND COOL. 

WE HUNG AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO BE CROWNED

'BOSS OF THE MOSQUE', NATURALLY:

AND THEN FEELING AS THOUGH WE'D FED OUR SPIRITUAL BODIES, SOME RETAIL THERAPY WAS IN ORDER:

WE DROVE THE SHOE MAN A LITTLE CRAZY. THESE SHOES WERE OUR SPIRIT ANIMAL.

AND THEN IT WAS TIME FOR A LITTLE FABRIC! ROLL OUT THE IKAT GOOD SIRS, 

DO YOUR WORST!

AND THEY RUSH AROUND AND BRING US POMEGRANATE TEA, WHILE WE SIT ON THE FLOOR LIKE A KID ON CHRISTMAS:

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SWEET THINGS LITERALLY GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SILKS WE'VE EVER SEEN. 

WE WERE KIND OF READY TO PROMISE OUR FIRST BORN IN RETURN FOR SOME OF THESE BABIES. BUT SADLY, THE BAD BOYS OF IKAT ONLY TAKE CASH.

FINAL SELECTION. OH, THE BEAUTY:

THEN IT WAS TIME TO GO IN SEARCH OF MORE TREASURE, OF WHICH THERE WAS PLENTY:

LOVE JUICE ON EVERY CORNER OF THE GRAND BAZAAR. WE WERE IN HOG HEAVEN.

WE MAY HAVE FOUND OUR NEW BOYFRIEND, THE SUZANI MAN. WE PROPOSED MARRIAGE, BUT HE MAY HAVE SMELLED OUR MOTIVES. AND WE MAY HAVE PAID RETAIL PLUS. 

(OUR BOHEMIAN HEART IS TERRIBLE AT HAGGLING)

AND THEN THERE WAS THE DISCOVERY OF SOME SPECIAL TEA. LET US TELL YOU, THE GRAND BAZAAR IS ONE STOP SHOPPING FOR YOUR NEEDS, MEDICAL AND OTHERWISE:

AND THEN WE RAN HOME AND PACKED, 

BECAUSE IT WAS TIME TO GO TO ROME TOMORROW!

LATER TURKEY. 

MORE ADVENTURES TO COME.

LOVE,

BOHEMIA