Written by Ewelina Lepionko
From Istanbul's Golden Horn to the shores of the Gulf and back across to the windswept Atlantic, merchants have been practising their trade in markets for centuries.
The oldest marketplaces in the world are the souks of the Middle East.
Today souks are still a part of the fabric of everyday life in many towns. The intense sights and sounds, the juxtaposition of colours and scenery, the sellers vying for your attention: the oldest marketplaces in the world are the souks of the Middle East.