I love quilt cruises. Combine quilting (our favorite passion) and cruising, what could be better??
I am so excited about my next quilt cruise. . . to the Mediterranean! We will be cruising to fabulous ports in Italy, Croatia and the Greek Isles. Other teachers on the cruise include John Flynn, Cindy Walter and Christine Porter.
There is a fabulous tour that has just been added for our group, an EXCLUSIVE QUILTERS’ TOUR IN ISTANBUL!
SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE TOUR:
in a carpet-weaving demonstration and explore the Grand Bazaar, where the shops are organized by the wares they sell. The narrow alleys are filled with shops offering jewelry, carpets, leather ware, copper goods and more. Bargaining is expected – and half the fun. We will take you to the special section that sells all types of local fabrics to offer something exotic for your quilts.
Next, you will visit the Spice Bazaar (also known as the Egyptian Bazaar) built in 1663, the Spice Market is still the second-largest covered bazaar in Turkey and it is still the best place to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic herbs and all the spices of the East including cardamom, turmeric, saffron, rose water and more.
Lunch will be served at a famous Bab-i Hayat restaurant located in the Spice market serving the best varieties of Turkish Cuisine prepared by a famous chef. After lunch you will cross the intercontinental bridge to the Asian side of Istanbul and visit the Textile Arts Association. We will experience a great workshop with patchworkers and interact with the local quilters and enjoy light refreshments together.