|Gateway entrance/exit from the Topkapi|
Palace with the Blue Mosque
in the distance
I have just returned from Istanbul after conducting a couple of Sales Skills courses for Grads from across the world.
|View from a Topkapi Palace balcony |
of the Bosporus and Asia !
Visiting the souvenir shops you can still pick up the courteous approach of selling Turkish style.
Much changed in the foundation of Modern Turkey with Mustafa Kemal Attaturk, first President of Turkey whose birthday I discover, I share today!
Certain aspects of the enclosed life of the Sultans is preserved in the museum of Topkapi with its spectacular Treasury of jewels - well worth a visit- an age away and lovely buildings. Yet you are aware you in a special place. None more obviously than when you hear the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer- a little of which I was able to record in the video above.
The calls from the Blue Mosque are then picked up minaret to minaret across the city.
Perhaps the last echoes of Ottoman style bargaining can be found in the city’s carpet shops particularly those in the Grand Bazaar calling prospects to try before you buy.
Many of these still take pride in their ancient art of bargaining.
|Aleksandr Meerkat keeps watch over|
Mr. Hugh's Turkish black tea
in its traditional tulip shaped glass
If not you smile shake hands and walk away.
Let me sign off with the great mystic and poet Rumi ( who died in Konya, Turkey) on generating the fruits of success
“Water the fruit trees and don’t water the thorns.”
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