without turning his head in the barrel within
which he lived, he retorted, 'Only stand out
of my light.' One day when he saw a child drinking
water from a fountain from his palm, he declared,
'This child has taught me that there are still
more unnecessary objects,' and promptly smashed
the water bowl that had been his only possession.
Diogenes opposed all the artificial rules of
society, holding virtue to be the only true
aspiration, and is said to have walked the streets
of Athens holding a torch even in broad daylight
in quest of an honest man.
In recent years nautical archaeologists have
discovered a sunken city in the sea at Sinop,
which proves that there has been human settlement
here for thousands of years. With its fascinating
history, magnificent mountains and coast, and
picturesque villages and small towns in the
surrounding region, Sinop is a place which no
one should miss visiting.
Omer Asan is a freelance writer and researcher