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Souvenirs from Turkey
Visitors to the Republic of Turkey are often seeking a transcendental vacation experience, one that combines crumbling histories with vibrant streets full of life and sound. Turkish souvenirs are an important part of the journey, especially shopping for them in the markets. A Turkish rug is the most traditional choice for memorabilia seekers, woven with skill and available in a variety of sizes to fit budgets and suitcases. For those who seek something just as distinctive, but slightly less stereotypical, a nargile is a sophisticated choice. These smoking pipes come in a variety of styles and can be smoked with flavored tobacco. The evil eye, worn as protection against all harm, is a popular motif and is easily recognizable as a blue circle or oval with an eye in the middle. Of course, a lovely postcard, a colorful T-shirt, a key chain or refrigerator magnet are all wonderful souvenirs from Turkey.
It’s always fun to buy souvenirs that reflect the daily habits and trends of the country you are visiting, and Turkey offers several unique choices. The most famous food export may very well be Turkish delight. This sweet candy comes in different flavors, such as rose, lemon and mint. Another popular item is apple tea. Sold in boxes, this powdered beverage is warm and uplifting. Lemon cologne, or lemon water, is a popular mosquito repellent and is worn by much of the population. In fact, you will see people selling it on the buses for personal refreshment after a long day. If you would prefer a more visible piece of memorabilia, consider purchasing a leather jacket or bag, usually at very convenient prices. Something far more luxurious would be a piece of gold jewelry. Bartering is encouraged and expected by the jeweler, and a clever shopper can walk away with a beautiful piece for a steal.