Shopping extraordinair! The Grand Bazaar was first built in 1455 and has over 3000 shops. Between 250,000 and 400,000 people visit there every day. I was one of them yesterday, buying up a storm from the many vendors. Never paying the first price, usually bargaining down to half or less than the initial price. Istanbul, previously Constantinople, is where East meets West. An amazing city. We flew here for a couple of days on a very cheap flight from Izmir. We had not planned to visit so had not arranged a home exchange house here. However we found a lovely apartment on airbnb for $40 per night.