The next exciting stop on the Q-Voyager


Istanbul from the air Sorry I haven’t been on my blog lately but I’ve been away for a while with the family in search of some winter sun! I feel a lot better for it, but before I get carried away I'm off again on my travels to film some more Q-Voyagers for QVC US. 

This time we are heading to Turkey…

Turkey is a major manufacturer of gold jewellery and as it provides a wealth of architectural and cultural inspiration, we want to give our audience in the US (and in the UK via the web) an idea of what it’s like.

We're spoilt for choice but the itinerary is a little like this:

Istanbul - all in a day!

 - Early morning ferry ride on the Bosphorus river that marks the boundary between Asia and Europe 
 - Hagia Sophia and its museum
 - Sultanahmet, the incredible “blue mosque”
 - An Ortakoy Café, a colourful area of restaurants overlooking the Bosphorous
 - Ahment Square (early morning) and the Topkapi Palace for some fabulous architecture)
 - Kapali Carsi, a bazaar for some bargaining and shopping
 - Emin Onu, where locals sample famous fish sandwiches before departing the city for the day

 - Yerebatan Cistern/Sultan Ahmet Light Show at night and the Dolmabahce Palace Gate and Istanbul Archeology Museum
Ephesus – all the ruins and the Temple of Artemis and Sardis, which probably need no further introduction!
I have only short listed the highlights as I'm currently on the plane and the flight going down! The picture at the top shows what I can see looking out of my window. 

I’ll try to keep you up to date as each day goes by with a few pictures of the crew and what’s been going on. I’ll be checking the blogs too so if you have any ideas of unmissable sites I’d love to hear about them.

Oh by the way, apart from a carpet and some apple tea, what should I buy as a present for my wife?



  1. carole mclean-smith April 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Simon darling
    I remember modelling in a fashion show with you for Irene Auld of Frasers (who used to frighten me to death!!)We did it in Turnberry Hotel,for BT I think. Two days fittings, two days rehearals, very early journey to Turnberry, another run through then the show and there were only about twenty people there. WHAT A LAUGH, but you were fabulous. You helped us with all the rails etc.etc. I’m glad to see you doing so well, we all just loved you. I’m still modelling although I’m a hundred and five and my ambition is to model on QVC WITH YOU. wE COULD HAVE A GOOD GIGGLE. Also, I note you are interested in paranormal – I,m now a spiritualist medium, interesting isnt it.
    Carole McLean-Smith.

  2. Simon Biagi April 29, 2009 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hey Carole
    How nice to hear from you! Aren’t blogs amazing! It must be nearly 20 years since that fashion show, and although the details of the show are a little hazy (thats my age!) I remember clearly Mrs Auld – who I got to call Irene (like a little teacher’s pet!). We would love to have you here modelling with us on a show so I’ll put in a good word for you!
    Lots of love to you and your family.
    Simon X

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