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Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Journeys -

6:00 AM: Woke up, checked my email and went on the el­lip­ti­cal at the ho­tel gym for 30 min­utes. A lit­tle bit of ex­er­cise gives me en­ergy through­out the day.

8:30 AM: Break­fast with my team and then a boat trip on the Bospho­rus. The views of the city were ex­tra­or­di­nary.

11:30 AM: Vis­ited the Top­kapi Palace, which was the pri­mary res­i­dence of the Ot­toman sul­tans for about 400 years. I love see­ing how Turk­ish art and dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­tural styles evolved over time.

1:00PM: For lunch, we shared an as­sort­ment of mezes—small plates of tra­di­tional Turk­ish food—at Konyali, a restau­rant at the palace over­look­ing

the Bospho­rus.

2:00 PM: Vis­ited the Blue Mosque—it’s not my first visit, but I still can’t get over the blue flo­ral tiles….

3:00: PM Went to the Grand Bazaar—one of the most ex­cit­ing shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences ever with ce­ram­ics, tex­tiles, car­pets…. I needed an ex­tra suit­case.

6:00 PM Back to the ho­tel to catch up on email and pack for my flight home.

8:00 PM: Din­ner with our busi­ness part­ner in Istanbul—we trav­eled by boat to his home on the Asian side of the Bospho­rus. The city lights were so beau­ti­ful against the night sky. I’m al­ready think­ing about when I can come back….

"Af­ter a day of busi­ness meet­ings to sup­port the launch of our bou­tique at the Zorlu Mall, my team and I are ex­cited to ex­plore the city."

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