How quickly time flies and I’m very sorry for not being as diligent with the blog updates.
Here’s a mega recap since I last updated the blog (5 very long months ago!!).
I had a few work trips that led up to the Election (New Mexico and California). It was a busy time and although the results of the Election were not in my favor, I was ready to enjoy the downtime. I was able to host a lot of gatherings to see friends who left to work on the Election and had returned.
I usually take a vacation every 2 years after an Election. The last real vacation I had was in 2008 when I traveled to Vietnam for 10 days. In the interim, I’ve taken smaller trips such as 3 days to London etc..but I find my definition of a vacation is 5 – 7 days, depending on how far I need to travel to get to my destination.
This year I decided on Paris!
It was a great time – food and fashion abound!
Although I have a reputation for appreciating fashion, I was unable to do any shopping. I managed to spend the 1st day of the trip wandering the city, and the 2nd day was New Year’s Eve so a lot of the shops closed early. Although the stores are usually open on a Saturday, it was also New Year’s Day so they were closed for the weekend. The best that I could do was enjoy the decorations of the exterior doors. This was probably the least expensive vacation that I had ever taken thus far!
My favorite outing was to the Rue Mouffetard Market. It’s been around since Roman times. It has a lovely cobblestone street with an open market where vendors sell everything such as cheese, pastries, wine, flowers and many more. The smells are delightful – roasting chickens and potatoes fill the air. Cafes to relax and wile the time away.
Since there is a large Asian population, I decided that I wanted to visit that particular neighborhood. Walking along the streets, I stopped hearing French and started hearing other languages such as Vietnamese and Chinese. It was very cool to see how the architecture had changed and of course, I had to try some Vietnamese food.
That was a quick recap of Paris during New Year’s. It was a wonderful way to start 2011. How did you start your year??