I don’t know how many times I’ve started this post only to put it aside because of one distraction or another. At this moment, I’m sitting in a meeting area of the Royal Edwardian Sussex hotel in London. Since my last post I’ve been in Toronto — plus points 6 hours north of Toronto — and Paris. The distractions that have kept me from posting have included mundane things like having no access to the internet for 3 consecutive days to fun things like playing with my 3-year-old niece.
It would be remiss of me not to wish you all a Happy New Year! Sure, I’m about 2 weeks late according to the Gregorian or Western calendar but I’m early according to the Chinese calendar. See how I made my tardiness something positive? You like that, don’t you?
This particular trip has been hectic. And the journey continues as the London 3-day trip turned into a 24-hour one. As I was feeling particularly lazy this morning, and really, I needed to write a post, I didn’t anticipate seeing much of London. I do plan on meeting up with Oneika (from Oneika the Traveller) at 4 pm so hopefully I’ll get some shots of ole London town.
D’s crazy schedule, however, means that I get to do something that quite a few people dream of doing: celebrating a birthday in Paris.
This isn’t any old birthday either and it’s the reason I’ll be cranking things up a notch in 2012. This year I celebrate the four decades of my life. And I consider myself lucky as my family are quite willing to indulge my caprices. One such caprice is the multi fête that I call 2012. Fête #1 started on Jan 7th with my dear family. And three cakes! And a pitcher full of my favourite summer drink: gin bramble.
Fête #2 will likely take place on Sunday, my birthday. The likely place, “our” restaurant in Paris, Le Petit Champerret. The fun doesn’t stop there. Les parents want in on the act and who can blame them? I am that nice! We head south — enfin ! — to Marseille before visiting with les parents for a few days.
I’m sure we’ll eventually make that journey back to Nice.