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Vice President Biden Checks Out Istanbul's Samatya Square

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The traditional neighborhood in the Fatih district is home to all sorts of vendors and food stands carrying local specialties.
Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with a fish monger in Istanbul

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with a fish monger in the Samatya Square neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, December 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden had one last stop to make in Istanbul earlier today before departing for Athens - the last leg of his trip through the region.

Samatya Square -- a traditional neighborhood in the Fatih district of Istanbul -- is home to all sorts of vendors and food stands carrying local specialties.

The neighborhood is said to represent a "mosaic of life" in Istanbul, having been home to Turks and various minority groups for centuries.

Vice President Biden walked through the cobblestone streets stopping in stores and picking up a few things. On the Vice President's shopping list: oranges, tangerines and other fruit as well as olives and cheeses.

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Vice President Joe Biden visits a shop in Istanbul

Vice President Joe Biden visits a shop in the Samatya Square neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, December 4, 2011. (by David Lienemann)