Saturday, September 14, 2013

Breakfast in Istanbul and The Devil Wears Prada as an inflight movie

Good morning from Istanbul, one of my favorite cities in the world. In fact I like it so much that I've lost count of how many times I've been here.

And nowadays I just get a multiple-entry one-year visa to Turkey, just so I can fly over whenever there's an opportunity or if I feel like it.

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BREAKFAST IN ISTANBUL

Right now, I'm having fresh cucumbers, sage tea and lentil soup for breakfast.

I'm on my way to Madrid from here in a few hours, and I can predict two weeks of too much good food -- so I'm trying to be eat healthy while I can.

VISITING THE LOSING CITIES

Ironically, Istanbul and Madrid were the two losing contenders for the hosting of the Summer Olympics 2020.

They're both beautiful cities which I love and know well, but they lost out to Tokyo, where I have a home.

So it's a funny feeling, as a part-time Tokyo resident, to be visiting Istanbul and Madrid.

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A NICE WAY TO FLY

I rode one of my favorite airlines on the way over here from Hong Kong.

It'll remain nameless for now, but it's been named Europe's best airline for the third year in a row. When I take this airline, the Asia-Europe long-haul routine is a piece of cake.

GOOD NIGHT, HONG KONG.
GOOD MORNING, ISTANBUL.

We take off just before midnight, and I have a little dinner and I watch a movie. Then I push the flat bed button and I'm asleep all the way until we land in Istanbul.

From Istanbul, it's a short hop to anywhere in Europe, and even to secondary cities.

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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

On the way over, I actually watched Devil Wears Prada because I wanted a movie I could fall asleep halfway through. I've seen it before anyway.

The most interesting thing in this movie was a scene at an event the magazine had organized. The magazine assistants all had folders with the photos and bios of the VIPs coming to the event.

I'm certainly not comparing Runway magazine, the magazine in the movie, to Travelife Magazine, the #1 travel and lifestyle publication.

But a few months ago, we did host a small and relatively private event just for VVIPs, attended by about 45 people.

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TALK ABOUT INITIATIVE

I remember walking into the venue to find the Travelife team lined up at the entrance ready to greet the VVIPs. Everyone was holding a folder, which of course was very visible.

"What's the folder for?" I asked my staff.

It turned out that they'd made folders of all the guests, with their names, designations and photos -- just to make sure everyone recognized each VVIP arriving.

THE BEST TEAM IN TOWN

I certainly can't take credit for thinking of this, but I was very impressed with the initiative and organization of our Travelife team.

We have the best and hardest working team in this town -- and they're among the nicest people as individuals, as well. This took a long time in coming, but we've had this wonderful team in place for the last 18 months at least.

And that's why I can keep on going on my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

PS: I crashed my Mac in Istanbul after accidentally spilling tea on it. This is why this blog entry has no photos. Hope my Mac comes back to life soon. Good night from Madrid.



 

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