I'm not sure where and when I hatched this idea, but hatch I did. I realized that we left London almost 9 years ago. Could it really be that long since I'd lived in Europe? Yes, it could and it made me just a little sad. I say just a little because we live in a really beautiful place so it makes it pretty easy to be here, but, still, 9 years? That's way too long. So I guess that answers how I hatched the idea to go back this year. I couldn't convince anyone in the family to go with me, so I'll be going alone. But I won't be alone long. I can't wait to get together with all of my pals that are in London, and the few that are still in Paris.
While there I'll be taking a week long class at Leiths. I'm so excited I have to make myself stop thinking about it or I won't be able to stand it until I go. I'll be doing a little sightseeing along with my cooking and visiting. I'll probably head to a show or two and try some of the wonderful restaurants that have popped up there since I've been gone. But, really it's all about cooking and seeing friends.
After my week of cooking I'll head over to Paris for a couple of days to visit friends there and stop in a museum or two. I've been craving a steak frites pretty much forever, so a stop in a cafe will be de rigueur, as will a stop for some hot chocolate at Angelina's . And, I know it's a total tourist area, but I really want to stay around the Paris Opera (might not want to open this site in a library!). I lived in the 9th arrondisement when I lived in Paris and it would feel like being home again. I love Paris and London around Christmas time, the sparkling lights, all of the Christmas shows and everyone bundled up again the cold, December air - magical!
So there we go, or I guess, there I go. I know, I know it's months away, but you can bet I'll think about it every day until I get on that plane!