If you remember back to last year when we did a post on Fethiye's old town of Paspatur, you'll know that it's one of our favourite places to while away the hot summer days, enjoying the cool shade provided by the lush, green vines that intertwine to form a ceiling over the pedestrianised streets.
It's a great place to do your souvenir shopping; the pace of life in Paspatur is slow and relaxed, there are loads of places to eat and drink and there are shops of all types selling clothes, leather, carpets and kilims, ceramics, silver, gold...and probably lots more that I've forgotten to mention. Come along in the daytime and, apart from a tiny smattering of other shoppers, you'll have the area to yourself.
Mira Accessories shop-front in PaspaturToday's post is a big unashamed plug for a new addition to the Paspatur shopping experience: Mira Accessories. It's just opposite Deep Blue Bar and it's owned by the same people as Deep Blue.....the owners of Deep Blue are our friends (which you probably already know) - so you get the picture....we're trying to plug our friends!
However, we're also giving it a plug because it's a great shop and something a bit different for this area of Paspatur.
Some of the pieces are individually designedOver the winter months, many of us have sat at the bar browsing the online jewellery stores of Istanbul and adding our two penneths' worth to the sort of jewellery we like and all that is now reflected in the shop. There's a lot to look at in a small space and a lot of the jewellery is handmade by jewellery designers in Istanbul.
Ottoman-style jewellery in Mira AccessoriesThis photo is of my favourite section of the shop. There's a highly successful television series showing in Turkey at the moment, set in the Ottoman era. We've not seen any of the series unfortunately, but we were told by a friend that this type of jewellery has become very fashionable in Turkey as a result of all the ladies in the programme sporting these designs. I'm coveting the bracelet and necklace in the centre of the photo.
All the jewellery in the shop is costume jewellery, meaning there's good news: It won't break the bank if you treat yourself to a souvenir of your time in Fethiye. The other good news is, everything is priced! If you're familiar with the bazaars of Turkey, you'll know that making a purchase is an art form where pricing is not displayed and is up for much discussion. In Mira Accessories, all prices are clearly displayed and they're reasonable.
The whole Paspatur area is very much worth a wander around so we'll have more posts about the old town of Fethiye coming soon...