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Paulo Coelho's St Joseph's Day Party, Istanbul, Turkey

I LIVED MY DREAM of meeting Paulo Coelho, the world-famous Brazilian writer, in person, on March 19, 2011.

It all began with giving the right answers to these five questions that were posted on Paulo’s blog on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 7 o’clock in the evening – Swiss time:

1Name the book by Agatha Christie that takes place on a train returning from Istanbul ?
2What is the Capital of Turkey ?
3What is the name of the stupid movie that portrays the drug dealer as the “good guy”
       and the Turks as the “bad people” ?
4What is the name of the Turkish writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature ?
5According to tradition, Noah’s Ark landed on a mountain after the Flood. What is the
       name of this mountain, and the name of the country where it is located ?

The correct answers to these questions can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Then, on November 21st when I opened my Inbox this e-mail from Pilar took my breath away:

Sent: Samstag, 20. November 2010 21:20
Subject: RE: answers

INVITATION FOR ST. JOSEPH'S PARTY

You are selected for Saint Joseph's Party 2011 in Istambul, Turkey
We understand that you know the rules.
This invitation is INDIVIDUAL.
Please confirm by using this email till November 30, 2010 if you are able to attend, as we have a huge waiting list.

Yours
Pilar

OMG, I felt like I was on top of the world!!! To be one of the lucky 20 winners out of his over 5 million readers/friends from his blog, Twitter and Facebook is indeed a miracle. Praise the Lord!

I was so overwhelmed with my good fortune that I replied to Pilar immediately – “YES, I am definitely attending this once-in-a-lifetime event with Paulo.”

Then, I wrote to my relatives in the U.S.A. and in the Philippines telling them about my winning. I told them that I felt like a super-lotto winner.

To this, my nephew (Rey Alexander) wrote back – “you could not compare this with lotto …” You see, he is also an avid reader of Paulo’s books so he is pretty aware of the importance of this event.

Yes, my dear nephew, I followed your advice - “hope you make the most of it and please tell me what the great Paulo Coelho is like.”

So, let me share with you and the rest of my friends these special photos of those precious and few moments with Paulo and his international guests.

A1. Party Venue, Pera Palace A2. Pera Palace Lounge A3. Above Pera Lounge A4. Pera Palace Elevator installed in 1892 A5. Paulo Coelho, Juliana meet Press A6. Dinner Table Settings A7. Paulo Coelho, Luzette & Ken Crane A8. Luzette, Ken & Yumi Crane A9. Luzette & Serdar Özkan B1. Cocktails: Kealan & Breda B2. Book Fans B3. Welcome by Paulo Coelho B4. Debbie & Derya, two other competition winners B5. Band: Baba Zula B6. Baba Zula Reading Paulo's Book B7. Baba Zula Reads More B8. On the Dance Floor C1. Belly Dancer C2. Other Dancers C3. Elaine Street C4. Paulo Coelho Intro C5. Missed Dessert C6. Paulo Coelho with Baba C7. Paulo Sings C8. Paulo Coelho Enjoying the Music D1. Paulo Coelho Dancing D2. Table-Top Guitarists D3. Paulo Coelho Signs his Book, The Alchemist D4. Ken Crane's Story D5. Group with Christina (Paulo's wife)
  • A1. Party Venue, Pera Palace
  • A2. Pera Palace Lounge
  • A3. Above Pera Lounge
  • A4. Pera Palace Elevator installed in 1892
  • A5. Paulo Coelho, Juliana meet Press
  • A6. Dinner Table Settings
  • A7. Paulo Coelho, Luzette & Ken Crane
  • A8. Luzette, Ken & Yumi Crane
  • A9. Luzette & Serdar Özkan
  • B1. Cocktails: Kealan & Breda
  • B2. Book Fans
  • B3. Welcome by Paulo Coelho
  • B4. Debbie & Derya, two other competition winners
  • B5. Band: Baba Zula
  • B6. Baba Zula Reading Paulo's Book
  • B7. Baba Zula Reads More
  • B8. On the Dance Floor
  • C1. Belly Dancer
  • C2. Other Dancers
  • C3. Elaine Street
  • C4. Paulo Coelho Intro
  • C5. Missed Dessert
  • C6. Paulo Coelho with Baba
  • C7. Paulo Sings
  • C8. Paulo Coelho Enjoying the Music
  • D1. Paulo Coelho Dancing
  • D2. Table-Top Guitarists
  • D3. Paulo Coelho Signs his Book, The Alchemist
  • D4. Ken Crane's Story
  • D5. Group with Christina (Paulo's wife)

 

 

 

 

Now I end my narration with an excerpt from a very beautiful 1975 classic song – Times of Your Life performed by Paul Anka …

“So gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life.”

P.S.
If you want to listen to this beautiful rendition click the play button below.

Play Music music

Winning answers to Paulo Coelho's Blog questions:

  1. Murder On The Orient Express
  2. Ankara
  3. Midnight Express
  4. Orhan Pamuk
  5. Mount Ararat, Turkey

Luzette Simpson - March 30, 2011