In present-day Turkey
, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. It's exciting capital, Istanbul
, crosses Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and expensive nightclubs are pressed between Byzantine and Ottoman houses, with calls-to-prayer from city mosques singing above the city. The Aegean and Mediterranean shores mix ancient Roman ruins with charming beaches and resorts. Still, the real social lessons come from the Turkish people, always greeting and eager to share their homeland's fascinating past and present.