April 06, 2012


Meeting someone like Zeynep is what makes traveling extra special. Zeynep keeps a jewelry shop in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. I just returned last night from a fun short holiday and first time visit to this mysterious city... the trip did not allow enough time to see all the wonders but there was enough time to become friends with Zeynep whose sister lives in Belgium's Charleroi and cousin in Antwerp. She is therefore saving up and planning her very first trip to Belgium next year. 


  1. Dat is een heel leuke kennismaking!

  2. Je brengt vaak leuke logjes mee voor ons vanop je 'wereldreizen', Anni !

  3. Anni,

    Istanbul always sounded mysterious to me. I bet you had a great time.

    Glad you were able to meet and spend time with a new friend.

    Happy Easter!

  4. Een leuke ontmoeting met een aardige vrouw zo te zien.

  5. Hallo Anni,
    Blij je terug te vinden na deze korte trip! Je zal Zeynep wellicht op jouw beurt hartelijk verwelkomen volgend jaar :-)
    Vrolijk paasfeest,

  6. Ben nooit in Istanbul zelf geweest, wel in andere steden van Turkijen. Prachtig land !
    Ik wens je een heel fijn Paasweekend :)

  7. Istanbul? How exciting and wonderful that you got to visit this mysterious city and met a very friendly person.


  8. Oh I think her shop looks worth a long time getting to see everything! Now you two need to meet again in Belgium. I"m feeling left out !:)

  9. Hallo Anni
    Wat een mooie dame , wat een vriendelijk gezicht.
    Groeten Bets

  10. Ciao Anni, bellissima esperienza con un incontro veramente interessante!
    Felice Pasqua a te e ai tuoi cari!

  11. Superbe cette rencontre!!!!! c'est génial!! bisousssssssssss

  12. Istanbul – you must have had a great little trip. I spent 4 months there with my mom when I was a child, but I don’t remember all that much.

    By the way – bravo to Belgium! I just watched the Paris-Roubaix and Belgium Tom Boonen won. This is his 4th time to win the cycling course Paris-Roubaix. He now is equal to the other Belgium cyclist athlete Roger de Vlaeminck who also won 4 times in the 70s. Well done Tom. He is one of my favorite cyclists.

  13. Thank you all for your comments, I love to receive them!
    Time does not always allow a personal response but every single reaction means the world to me.
    Virginia, I do not believe that you feel left out .. you have too much exciting photography and red bench stuff going on !
    Vagabonde, you truly are a citizen of the world. It must have meant so much to live in Istanbul for a while even if your recollections today are minor . Yes, here in Belgium we are all so very proud of our champion Tom Boonen.Yesterday, Roubaix was flowing over of Belgian supporters of Tom. I see you are très au courant du monde cycliste !Thank you for your reaction.

  14. She looks like a friendly person. Looking forward to more photos of Istanbul!

  15. Janet; I wish I could post them here..; but not very appropriate, don't you think?

  16. Thanks for the heads up - I'm going to have to find her shop - I'd love to duck in for a visit (and a bit of shopping!)