The three cities (Istanbul, Vienna and Moscow) we visited were all wonderful. Istanbul is amazing. It is a city steeped in history and straddles both Europe and Asia. It reflects this dual identity of east and west in every area of life. There’s the hurried pace of city life, trams and cars and the quiet village at night when all the villagers sit around relaxing. Men playing backgammon and women in a huddle reliving their day to each other, while the children run playing in the narrow streets and small parks. Istanbul is truly the city of Mosques.