Turkish Bazaar

A while back, I heard one of Budweiser’s “Real Men of Genius” ads called “Mr. Taxi-Cab Over Accessorizer.” One of the lines was “Is this a taxi cab or a Turkish bazaar?” I’ve variation of this expression, with the appropriate replacement of “taxi cab,” but always wondered, why a Turkish bazaar in particular?

Turkish bazaars, like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, are gigantic warrens of tightly-packed shops and stands selling endless amounts of ornate, exotic wares. It’s quite an experience, and it was probably even more extreme in the past, when the Ottoman Empire was the meeting point of East and West, and bizarre wares from all over the world were there to be bartered for.

A Turkish bazaar (old style).

A Turkish bazaar (new style).