I’ll admit, it’s been an extraordinary couple of weeks. My life is not usually like this. If it was, I think I’d have cardiac arrest from sensory overload.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Amazing. More on that in a future post!
It was wonderful to connect with female entrepreneurs from around the globe – including our wonderful homegrown ones as well. Here I am with Cathie Reid (APHS Packaging), Tina Tower (Begin Bright) and Catriona Pollard (CP Communications and also presenter of the seminar “PR and Media Releases that Get Results” at the Australian Writers’ Centre.)
L-R: Valerie Khoo, Cathie Reid, Tina Tower, Catriona Pollard at cocktails at the Esma Sultan Mansion
I had never been to Istanbul before so it was wonderful to discover a new city.
An oasis in the middle of the Bosphorus, Istanbul
A visit to Turkey is not complete with some whirling dervishes
I discovered these gorgeous kittens in a fishing village and had to resist the temptation to bring then home!
Baby kittens in a fishing village near Istanbul
Then a few days in Rome with my fabulous friend Nicole, where we visited what seemed to be every ancient monument in existence, ate ridiculous amount of pasta and then shopped, shopped and shopped.
With my gorgeous friend Nicole. That’s the Colosseum in the background.
Now THAT’S a gelato!
Gotta love the Italians for appreciating my baby kitty Rexy.
The Italians worship Rexy too. They’ve immortalised him on umbrellas.
I discovered this (I think it’s a cleaning product). I think it could become the new logo for our Smac Talk podcast (which I do with Kerri Sackville and Allison Tait.)
Still not entirely sure what this is for.
They park them in tight in Rome.
God knows how this car got out.
And when in Rome …
Living la dolce vita (albeit briefly)
Now I’m back home. But even though I only lived la dolce vita for a few days, I really do feel like I’ve had a break. More news soon!