2 days and we will be over Christmas, I always have this strange feeling. End of November, all seems very dark and quiet, gradually, I can see the houses lighting up and Santa Claus climbing the facades. The last week before Christmas is all about running around with a check list to get the gifts, the food, the turkey and the drinks. The houses are all decorated, light is everywhere.
From the 26th, all seems back to normal, grey, people even take off the decorations straight away. In Brussels, the townhall takes away the christmas trees on the 2nd which I find very sad, the 3 kings come on the 6th so to me, it is a nice period of the year that we should make as nice and long as possible to brighten up this cold and dark season : from 1st Advent Sunday to after the 3 kings is nice or no?
Reading Femmes d’Aujourd’hui over the week end, I found this nice article about their top 10 panorama in the world http://www.femmesdaujourdhui.be/femmes/loisirs-et-culture/9025/albums-photos/album-5442/photo-127240/evasion-les-10-plus-beaux-panoramas-du-monde.html?#photo
It reminded me about many experiences as the top 3 listed are
– Valle de la Luna en Atacama – Chile, by far, my favorite travel so far, I found this moment unique, the silence, the colors, the light, the sunset, everything was peaceful and the people seemed so fulfilled up there even though their daily life is not spoiled
– Great wall of China – of course a beauty even though I felt stressed out by the grey stones, and the crowd all around
– Banff in Canada : a great time for me, the trees, the altitude, the lakes, I saw this in the winter by -38° and would not mind a summer view
– on my to do list, remain the Lofoten, definitely something I would love to achieve once
Today, Paris for one day. First thing : I really like the new Thalys style with those pink red and purple colors, very nice and comfy but it can look dirty very quickly, on the way back I had a feeling the seats had not been cleaned for the whole day I was not too happy with Paris though as I walked through the underground and streets, people seemed sad and grumpy, on the edge of being aggressive, it is bad for such a beautiful city to have sad people, maybe the crisis is hitting harder than they say… I had also forgotten about how fond of the Parisians are about brands, I had a sandwich lunch with clients, those were average BUT at least they were coming in a lovely package with a name and that, believe me, was making the difference! Lol
Here we go again, the month of all fairs and exagerations! I was in England last week and find it great to keep some traditions around
– mince pies (yummi)
– stilton with port
– xmas pudding
I cant get tired of this
this week end I will bake cakes like in Alsace or Germany to share with neighbours and friends, next week, Belgians will celebrate St Nicolas, the week after, we are going again to Up North, great Norwegian restaurant in Brussels to have a kind of a Sainte Lucie evening,
where does it stop? but so nice no?