One thing that is a "must do" for girls visiting Istanbul is shop. The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market both offer unlimited possibilities to drop some lira. But you have to be ready for high pressure tactics. Shopping with a 21 year old blonde took me to a new level of attention fighting off would be suitors...I mean sales clerks.
Ellen was called all of the following: Shakira, Victoria Beckham, Spice Girl, Ginger Spice, Angel, my lady, Beautiful.
The pick up lines were: "Am I dreaming or are you real?" "take me anywhere you want." "Let me help you spend your money." (actually, I think the last line was for me)
Yes, shopping can be fun but it's also exhausting. Time for a nap.