As we all know  Turkey wishes to join the EU and  judging by how hard the people of Istanbul work and the energy they put into making their city such a lovely place, we are sure that sooner rather than later they will achieve this goal.
We were lucky that we had the company of some Istanbul residents and visited places which perhaps other tourists might not get to see, the quality of  craft and decoration of the palaces  Topkapi and my favourite  Hagia Sofia are just stunning,
 We have added some pictures of our favourite things  and influences.