I’m just back home from Turkey, where my wife and I just finished an amazing trip.
We started in Istanbul, the only city in the world that sits on two continents. (European and Asia) Because of its importance to trade routes, Istanbul has a long history, being the capital city of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. With this vast history, Istanbul, formally known as Byzantium and Constantinople is an incredible melting pot of heritage and culture. Istanbul has a feel that is electric. The streets are alive with people. It felt like it was always on. One thing to note though. plan for extra time to get places, transportation around the city is very difficult,
From my viewpoint, there also seems to be incredible business opportunities in Istanbul as supply chains are reinvented to bring more value to over 12 million people ready to buy.
We then flew to Cappadocia region in central Turkey. The region is famous for its volcanic deposits that allowed people to carve out houses, churches, and monasteries out of the rocks. The underground cities of the region are where early Christians hid before their religion was accepted. We met with the former Cultural minister of the region and had the most incredible tour.
Another highlight were the ruins of Ephesus. The ruins are in remarkably great shape even though its most famous temple and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the temple of Artemis has been reduced to foundations and sculptural fragments.
It’s hard not to walk down the streets of Ephesus and not think about how life must have been for its 400,000 inhabitants over 2000 years ago. It must have been a grand city. You can still see remains of an impressive sewer and water system. The remains of beautiful mosaics are still seen in the homes, and some of the residences even had infloor heating.
The people of Turkey are wonderful, although I already knew this. This is my third trip to the country. www.BuildDirect.com has been purchasing both marble and travertine from Turkey for some time. Our Turkish travertine is some of the best quality and value around. As a result, we sell it all over the world.
Thanks to Murat, Ebru, Sukru, Hacer and everyone else who made this a spectacular trip.
We look forward to many years of continued success and friendship.