This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel
in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The
Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two
recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section
called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey.
For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the
village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material
(including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this
review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the
hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the
highlights of my trip.
The New York Times - Jan / 2006
The New York Times - Aug / 2006
Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007
When I emailed the hotel... (more)
Cisco's January sales were down 20% from a year ago. Its customers are
holding off their purchasing decisions under the current economic climate.
The only growth potential the company has today is in the virtualization
market, which is expected to increase by more than 40% in 2009.
Cisco is not exactly a software company. Like Dell they need to come up with
a sustainable proposition for their customers. So far what we have seen from
Cisco is a virtual router. The word on the street is that next week they are
expected to announce their game plan, per... (more)
When I saw David Skok's name on a recent Ulitzer author's page I was
pleasantly surprised. David has been one of the key figures in the technology
space for the past two decades, in particular with his venture capital
activities. Throughout his long career, he successfully launched a number of
companies. He has been a general partner at Matrix Partners since 2001.
Last time I mentioned his name in one of my blog entries was here in 2004.
I had an email exchange with David in October 2007 when we started
architecting our revolutionary Ulitzer new media platform.
David introduced m... (more)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad
Mrs. President and First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad:
I wrote an open letter addressing you and Mr. President seven months ago.
I've been informed that you read my letter. I've also been informed that you
will read this follow-up letter as well.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
Seven months ago, at the tender age of 17 months, my severely ill daughter
Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in
Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. Following her abd... (more)
Yesterday (Sunday) AP reported that "State Dept. issued travel warning on
Syria" and this morning (Monday) Reuters filed a follow-up report that "US
offers free flights out for employees in Syria."
As of this morning, and since July 2010, my abducted daughter Sofia Kircaali,
a US citizen, remains in Syria and in harm's way.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
On Friday, I watched videos on the Internet showing violence inside a mosque
one block away from where Sofia currently lives with her mother and
Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali
I already wrote two blog posts on S... (more)