we recently returned from our trip to turkey and greece. istanbul is know for its big three: the topkapi palace, the blue mosque, and the aya sofia. however, i enjoyed the shopping more. forget about the grand bazaar. the action can be found in the more manageable and historic spice bazaar, which is located in the neighborhood of eminönü. we bought lots of lokum (turkish delights) and baklava (phyllo dough, nuts, and honey; pictured here). yum.