Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It's that time of the year again. My desk is cleared (more or less) and my Outlook "out of office" message has been cheerfully crafted and set. Tomorrow (Swiss airlines permitting) I shall return to England to collect Mrs Paine and Vittoria. We shall drive from the North of England to Epernay in France on Friday to begin two weeks of recreation in the only country that makes me doubt that, if there is a God, He is an Englishman. After resting a night in champagne country, we shall head on to Lyons and then to Provence.
A couple of thousand miles or so will be driven, much fine food will be eaten and much splendid wine will be drunk (but not all at the same time). One nice thing about living in Moscow is that barely-tolerable French wine here costs as much as the finest Grand Cru in France. So the trick is not to lower one's budget while on holiday. Cote d'Azur, here we come! This blog may be active from time to time, but will probably be too mellow for easy recognition. Here's hoping so, anyway. This holiday is already doing me good in the mere contemplation of it.
h/t The Bridgeman Art Library for the splendidly evocative image. Please head over there and buy a print, so this counts as a review and they don't spoil my holiday with a "cease and desist" letter.
Have a relaxing time, Tom. It's been a tricky year.
Posted by: jameshigham | Friday, August 01, 2008 at 11:29 AM
Have a good time. Try not to get nuked by the sun.
Posted by: Dave Petterson | Friday, August 01, 2008 at 10:34 AM
Where will you be going in Provence. Why not pop-in to my copusin Michael at Mas del Hermitage, Figanieres (near Draguinan)
Posted by: Jeremy Jacobs | Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 11:43 PM
And there you were blaming Blogpower for your expanding waistline! Yeah, right. Remember Mrs TP gets all the trunk (boot), you promised.
Have a great vacation TP. I guess the message from the LDE terminal that I was unable to read except the title referred to you, not AA, off on vacation. Bon voyage.
Posted by: | Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 06:18 AM