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RobW_ PRO 12:23pm, 31 December 2006
How Do You Do?
Hi there! I am accepting the challenge of producing and posting a picture a day, every day of 2007, starting from tomorrow. I hope I can stick to it, and I hope I produce something of interest, to me and to others. I look forward to following many of your stories, too. I've met a few interesting people already, just from reviewing all these stubs. Good luck all my fellow-voyagers.

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RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Suspicious Character


Suspicious Character

Seen on my morning walk, a red-clad cat burglar with his bag of loot scaling the wall of a neighbourhood house in broad daylight. He has accomplices similarly casing other homes, and his presence seems to correlate with flashing strings of cloured lights and green decorated trees. I think something is going on.

12 December 2007 (29 Photos)
Simon-K 11 years ago
Hmmm dodgy looking character!!! Think i've seen him on crimewatch :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
He's the best kind of cat burglar- he leaves stuff instead of taking stuff.
That santa looks really suspicious to me, he looks more taking out stuff that leaving in

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RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, 14 December 2007
Training Camp


Training Camp

While driving through the neighbourhood of Pangrati I discovered one of the training camps from where the squads of red-clad seasonal cat burglars are being deployed all over Athens. It seems we are being invaded.

13 December 2007 (5 Pictures).
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow... I'm seeing double... LOL
Cool pic Rob!
Simon-K 11 years ago
Hahaha great pic Rob- they almost look like some sort of special forces scaling a building to tackle the enemy on the other side!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 14 December 2007
Fresh from the Laïki


Fresh from the Laïki

Mandarinia (also called naartjies where Jissy and I come from) and walnuts, purchased at our local weekly street market, the laïki agora. So freshly picked, the leaves are still damp and fragrant, and the fruit bursting with flavour.

The walnuts will be crushed and become a constituent of various Christmas delicacies, like kourabiedes, melomakarona and Ritsa's special Christmas Ice Cream, which we have always served in lieu of Christmas pudding in the hot summer Christmas of the Southern Hemisphere. This year it will be savoured (by special request) by the younger generation of our extended family in wintry London, for a change.

14 December 2007 (8 photos)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
ooooh... yummy tangerines!!
they make my mouth water!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hahahahah those santas.. hahaha that's great!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - Just getting round to catching up on everyone's life. Yours is as full as ever I see, santas and cigarette ads ! I wanted to pass along a holiday gretting to you and yours before it got too late. I hope to see more of your Greek lifestyle in the coming year and perhaps to hoist a glass at a famous beach bar someday...best to you.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Another Santa in Training?


Rockclimber

I took a Saturday afternoon walk around Philopappus Hill, saw evidence of the season discarded on a path, explored the Ancient Road through Koile, which was a closed archaeological site last time I was on that side of the hill, now a very pleasant gravel track alongside the completed excavations.

There are some limestone cliffs on the side of Philoppapus which are a favourite place for rockclimbers to practice their skills and tools, and there was a Saturday afternoon climbing party busy as I passed. I imagine this guy has a red suit somewhere in his kitbag, and is preparing for the exertions of Christmas Eve, alongside his redsuited brothers?

15 December 2007 (28 Photos)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Rob -- I envy your life of leisure in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Certainly one of the most consistent posters of the group -- I'm glad you're giving it another whirl next year -- Happy Holidays!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Bella! All the best to you and Jade for the Holiday Season.
I would definitly love to live there, it would be a nice change. I'll consider that next time I change city.
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RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sunday, 16 December 2007
Provence


Provence

We had a lot of tidying, cleaning and clearing up to do in the house today, thus i didn't go out, and all my photos today were indoors. The most colourful is this original picture in pastels which we bought in Cape Town some years ago, now hanging in our living room here in Athens.

16 December 2007 (6 photos)
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Mandarins are very populare here, too-- seen in all the markets.

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friuduric 11 years ago
Christmas ice cream! Willing to share the recipe?

Are mandarines like clementines? When we get a good batch of clementines, they're delicious. When we don't, they're just "meh".

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Imperatrix, I think they are both the same thing as a naartjie. i wish i could remember the name of the bitter, inedible relative that grows on the decorative trees that line Athens pavements and add such colour in winter. "Nerantzia" in Greek.

Incidentally, so happy to see you posting here, after seeing coverage on CNN of that dramatic winter storm you had in the North-East over the weekend. I thought of you and our Canadian diarists, and hoped that Jonathan Riverwalker wasn't running around being silly in the outdoors.
Jissy 11 years ago
hope u keeping warm in our brr town!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Monday, 17 December 2007
Traffic Lights


Traffic Lights

My sister Joy arrived from Cape Town early this morning, on a 12-hour layover en route to spending Christmas with her son and daughter, son-in-law and 15-month old grand-daughter in London. She took the bus and Metro downtown, where I met her for an early cup of coffee, and then we took a long walk through some of my favourite places in the neighbourhood, before driving her out to the airport to resume her journey.

On the way back, stuck in gridlocked Athens traffic, pouring with rain (snowing in the surrounding mountains) I shot this blurry picture through the windscreen while stopped at a red light. I actually wanted to capture the Christmas lights, but what the heck (copying Simon and DaBourz and probably a few others, these blurry shots are de riguer).

Ooh and by the way, if Ebilflindas is reading this, he was showing us some pretty kale on his diary a month or so back, and I said I would shoot some of the cabbage beds that the Athens Municipality plants in winter as decorative street plants. Well, we walked past some today.

17 December 2007 (119 Photos)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oooh pretty pretty lights through the windshield!
I've heard before in Athens theres a lot of traffic problems, but never really knew of first hand just reference of a neurotic tourist
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sorry, missed the recipe request.

I grew up in a very colonial family in South Africa when it was still a bona fide member of the British Empire, and the British traditions were maintained strictly, so that on our hot (for some time tropical, when we lived in Rhodesia) summer Christmas Days, one dressed for Christmas Dinner at midday, did the whole roast turkey and gammon thing with all the trimmings, and finished with a sticky, rich, flaming Christmas plum pudding and hot mince pies. Hot and sweaty stuff!

When we brought up our own family, we adapted the customs, had our Christmas lunch outdoors around the pool, cooked the turkey and ham the day before and had them cold with salads. Instead of a heavy Christmas pudding, Ritsa developed her Christmas ice-cream, where she combined normal vanilla ice-cream with the sorts of ingredients that went into a Christmas cake or pudding, raisins, walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, diced fruit, cherries, fragments of Peppermint Crisp (a unique South African mint-flavoured chocolate bar), dollops of Old Brown Sherry, Port or Marsala and refrozen.

Quite delicious on a hot day, which you will definitely not be experiencing in New Hampshire this Christmas. I look forward to seeing what your family will be eating in the snow on that day.

As I said, the younger members of our family, nieces and nephews working in London, have requested Ritsa to do it again in Surbiton this frosty English Christmas.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Not there yet, Jissy, we fly over on Wednesday evening. I'll give you a call Thursday. Looking forward to hearing that Japie accent!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi guys!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree


Lit Up

We have this most interesting house in our neighbourhood, embellished with quirkiest architectural details, tiles and statues, and the most gorgeous front gate. Right now, it also features the climbing Santa from a few days ago.

The postman told me one day, when we were looking at it together, that it is a drama school, and the very famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, whose home is nearby is somehow connected with it.

I happened to walk past it last night, and it is ablaze with light, lit up like the proverbial Christmas Tree.

18 December 2007 (7 Photos)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
That is definitely a fascinating house! I like the lights around the chimney especially.. Helps Santa home in, eh?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
BTW I think you might be referring to naranja agria- "Bitter orange" Or possibly Seville Orange- Citrus aurantium that also grows around the Palace in Seville, where Orange Marmalade was supposedly born.

The story goes that the cook tried making jam from the bitter orange and just kept on adding sugar to it until it was edible.

It then went on to become a big hit in British Culinary history
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oof, now that's what I call lighting!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Jallen, I think you're absolutely right, that's what it is. Same name in Greek.

We flew into London in the early hours of this morning, we are staying with our elder daughter, and I haven't been able to connect my laptop to their broadband service so can browse and comment but not upload using their laptop, until we get to the other daughter, who has wireless broadband and should be more transparent. We're going to be running around a lot, so attendance and uploading may be scarce until we get back to Athens after New Year.

A couple of exciting meetups happening tomorrow. Simon is giving us a quick tour of the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, before heading up north to his family for Christmas, and in the evening we are getting together for tapas with Jissy and her hubby! Yay, watch this space (and theirs).
I am back. Thanks for all your kind words and encouragement.

Fabulous photos as always here. I must catch up on my reading--that will be a Pre-New Year's resolution.
Hey, I'm a big fan of Mikis Theodorakis, (well i like the music even so dont undertand a word jaja) say Hi from my part if you see him sometime

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Simon-K 11 years ago
Hey Rob - cool lights on the 17th, like the through the rain look. Looking forward to seeing you guys tomorrow!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
A meetup in the making !! Can't wait to hear about that !! Safe journeys and have a pleasant visit ...good stuff here !
Happy solstice and Merry all around.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
That is an impressive house. Very colorful shots from you lately.

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Jissy 11 years ago
I had a great time meeting you this evening ;-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Aww.. I'm jealous lol
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Alright, let's see some photos of these meet ups!
Simon-K 11 years ago
Hey Rob, it was great to see you and Ritsa yesterday, glad to hear you enjoyed the tour. I had a great time, just a shame and I couldn't everyone for dinner in the evening, Looking forward to seeing the pictures
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Simon, we really enjoyed the tour, such an impressive, historic building. And the meeting later on with Jissy and her hubby was so enjoyable, Tapas, wine and chat, and Flickr reminisciences. We missed you, and Sunshine too. Thanks Jissy!

I'm still having difficulty with Internet connection on my own laptop, so no uploading just yet.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Good Show Rob ! A multi-member meetup !! That makes some history for this group...I am glad you all were able to make it happen !
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
OK guys and girls, I'm starting to get updated. I went for a walk this grey, foggy afternoon, down to the river (Thames), damp and freezing, laptop in my backpack. Found a warm, cozy pub on the river (The Ship), it has WiFi, good wine (a bottle of Rioja El Coto 2004 at my elbow) and a warm fire so here we go...
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Athens Airport


Athens Airport Food Hall

I have to start with a meaningless vagabond filler. We started our journey by taking the Metro from nearby Syngrou-Fix all the way to the airport, checked in with three hours to spare, so passed the time with a not-bad, but expensive pasta meal at Athens International Airport - might as well get acclimatised to UK prices.

We landed at Gatwick just before midnight (EasyJet is able to offer low fares by flying at impossible times when the landing fees are low), and by the time we made our long way through a deserted airport, taken a hourlong minicab ride to Wandsworth, greeted our daughters and their guys, it was 3am when we got to bed. I felt sorry for both girls who had to work in the morning and needed to get up early for the gruelling London commute.

19 December 2007 (4 photos)
I look forward to traveling with you through your Christmas.

Happy Holidays Rob
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, 20 December 2007
London Bus


London Bus

Another meaningless, but colourful vagabond picture. Our first day in London was spent getting orientated, walking from one daughter's flat to the other, catching up on news from the guys (both girls still at work), and doing a bit of shopping. It was dark by 4pm, an unusual experience for us.

20 December 2007 (32 Pictures)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thank you for your wishes, La Maquisade.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 21 December 2007
Flickr Diary Meetup


DSC_4267

Two Diary meetups in a single day! We set off from Wandsworth in South London, took the train in to Waterloo Station, dodged the star troopers on the South Bank, and walked across Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament, where we met genial Simon, our very own Parliamentarian and unrivalled recorder of London scenes. Simon gave us a super tour of what we could see of this hugely historic building, including Westminster Hall and The Crypt (not even Simon has photos from down there), ending up at his paper-clogged boss' office (I didn't have the courage to take picture there, and probably would have contravened British security legislation if I had), but I did get Simon at his desk, which his boss is doing his best to drown in paper also.

Thanks Simon, and Merry Christmas in your native Yorkshire!

Among other things, we had a post-sunset ride on the London Eye, with fantastic views of the lights of London, before we headed off to Putney for our second meetup with the sparkling Jissy and Lionel. Lovely tapas and wine, conversation about shared background and interests (heard all about Sunni and Rome), and of course, we traded photos. Our daughter Natasha joined us later after her Christmas drinks party. Jissy, we need to get together again before we leave, take a photowalk together, a few drinks, a few laughs...

Great day, great evening.

21 December 2007 (68 Photos)
Simon-K 11 years ago
Hey Rob, sounds like you packed in a lot in one day. Really glad you enjoyed the day, you got some great pictures as well (I can't see some of them for some reason!), I love the night time shot of parliament in particular!
Sitting here doing my radio show and sipping a cup of rooibos tea and that made me think of you
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Great pics and links Rob!!!
So wodnerful to see Jissy and Simon... wish I had been there too!

Jissy is beautiful as always!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sorry Simon - like many other Diary friends, you are probably not a contact/friend. I'll correct.

Sorry I'm missing your show again, Gypsy. I'll tune in when we're home again.

Wish you were there too, Sunshine!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
meaningless vagabond filler = 1/2 of my diary.....
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Let's be VERY clear...there is NO such thing as meaningless vagabondage !! It is in the voyage that the adventure lies ! Glad to see the meetup was a success ! They are such fun.....now off you go - this time a meaningful vagabond tour !
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Happy Holidays, Rob :)

Nice to see some familiar faces pop up in your diary! Looks like fun!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Rob -- thank you for your kind words and encouragement! All the best for the holidays.

Merry Christmas.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
merry christmas and a happy new year!!!

eelend's 2007
Jissy 11 years ago
And indeed we had such a great evening! It was great meeting you and the lovely Ritsa! Lol at this pic ;-)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi Jissy! And all - I hope you all had a marvellous holiday season. We've been busy, running around, doing family things, walking off the Christmas Day excesses.

Ritsa and the girls are going shopping tomorrow, doing the post-Christmas sales, maybe buying a mother-of-the-bride outfit, and I will have a chance to unload my camera and get Flickr-up-to-date. Catch up some of your diaries also!
In the small glimpse of life that reveals itself in this space you seem to have called my attention by your own with images and words of a new world. Even so I write a few words a read a lot of yours, and just leave some from time to time to let you know I'm here.

Best wishes for the next year and hopefully you'll let me in again.
Sounds like a fun holiday.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
But of course, Pablo, I think we have both already signed up for 2008. Looking forward to seeing how things go for you.

Yes, Gypsy, we have been having a great holiday, filled with the love of our family. It is the first Christmas we have spent with both of our girls (and their partners) since 2001. We had a wonderful Christmas gathering of 17 people with their cousins and my sister, over from Cape Town. Apart from that, we have had lots of walks, met other friends, a couple of outings to the theatre, museums etc. There are so many things to do in this city (London), we have hardly scratched the surface.

Unfortunately, I have been plagued with power supply and battery problems on my laptop, which seem to have sent Windows a little haywire, so I am behind on my updating and commenting. i hope to get back up to date when we are back in Athens on Wednesday.

In the meanwhile, I wish everyone a joyous celebration as we say goodbye to 2007 (Lala has done already) and welcome in the New Year, wherever, and however you celebrate it.

See you in 2008!
Jissy 11 years ago
Thanks for being a great MDPD friend- Happy New Year to you!
I'll check in when you are able to catch up Rob. Meanwhile have a very Happy New Year and I will see you "virtually" in 2008 (tomorrow!!)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Right! Time to wrap up 2007 and move on to 2008. I have uploaded all of my photos from Friday, December 21, and updated the link to the outtakes. Time to add a few more days now, and the rest in the morning.

We are now back in Athens, having started our journey at 3am for a 4am check-in at Gatwick, 6.40am take-off, and 2.30pm by the time we got into our apartment, rather tired.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Saturday, 22 December 2007
Natasha's Christmas Tree


Natasha's Christmas Tree

After our very busy Friday, we did not do much on the Saturday, apart from an evening train trip to Waterloo Station, and a theatre outing to the nearby Young Vic Theatre to see a South African township adaptation of Dickens' famous story, Ikrismas Kherol, an interesting experience, with the sights and sounds of home.

The picture is of the Christmas tree in our daughter Natasha's apartment. Since we left our Cape Town home soon after Christmas 2000 and became itinerants, we have not had our own tree, or had a Christmas together with both our daughters, so a joy for us to be together again, and find the family traditions continued by the younger generation.

22 December 2007 (Only 4 photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 23 December 2007
Cosy Riverside Pub


The Ship

Sunday was an incredibly foggy, cold, clammy day. My three girls went off shopping together, while I decided to take a long walk along the River Thames. It was so foggy, it was not possible to see anything, so I was delighted to be seduced by the cosy charms of a riverside pub called The Ship, with a roaring fire and wifi connection.

I just happened to have my laptop in my backpack, so I unloaded it, enjoyed a few on-the-house Christmas Ales while I got up-to-date on Flickr. I later enjoyed a very fine meal with a lovely bottle of Rioja before rejoining the family.

23 December 2007 (18 Photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Monday, 24 December 2007
Last-Minute Shopping


Last Shoppers in the Mall

The last Christmas Eve shoppers linger in the Southside Mall in Wandsworth Town, where I dropped in as the shops were closing, to pick up a gift or two.

Christmas Eve (2 photos)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday, 25 December 2007
Christmas Celebration


Christmas Table

Christmas Day. After opening our presents around the Christmas tree, we headed off in a mini-cab to our niece's house in the suburbs, where they catered beautifully for a 17-person sit-down, family Christmas Dinner. Great!

25 December 2007 (23 Photos)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Upside-Down Reflection


Reflection

I got up early and took a walk along the River Thames, did some bird-watching, explored Wandsworth Park and headed back for breakfast, marvelling at the number of pubs and pub signs in the area.

Rory was at work, so the three girls, Andy and I hopped on a bus to Wimbledon Common, where we enjoyed a three-hour ramble, finishing off with a very nice pub meal at the Crooked Billet.

26 December 2007 (62 Photos).
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 5 years ago
Thursday, 27 December 2007
In The Cabinet Room


In The Cabinet Room

The highlight of this day was a trip back to Whitehall and St.James's Park, where Natasha's colleague Gerry had offered to give us a private tour of the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum, buried under the Treasury building, where Natasha has been working for a month, after moving from Somerset House, where she had worked for almost 5 years. She does choose her work locations well.

We were taken behind the glass screens into the actual Cabinet meeting room, with Churchill's red Dispatch Box and cigar still sitting on the table in front of his chair. Also into the Map Room, exactly as it had been left at the end of the war in 1945.

We were then allowed to wander at will in the much newer, and very high-tech Churchill museum (2005), once more a fascinating look at the life of one of the giants of the 20th century.

In the picture are Gerry, our guide, Natasha's guy Andy, our two daughters Natasha and Jacqui, and Ritsa.

Afterward we wandered around St. James's Park, past Buckingham Palace to Victoria Station, then took a bus across the river to Battersea where we wandered around and had a pub lunch.

27 December 2007 (49 photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday 28 December 2007
The London Coliseum


Waiting for Curtain-Up

A quietish day; Ritsa and the girls went shopping again (Grrr, the sales!).

In the late afternoon we met up for a meal at Wagamama in Covent Garden, before going to the nearby London Coliseum to see the English National Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Before the curtain went up, I sneaked a cellphone picture of the ornately-decorated theatre. They don't make them like that any more!

I enjoyed the ballet, although I am glad I didn't read this review beforehand.

28 December 2007 (5 pictures)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Saturday, 29 December 2007
London Dockside Panorama


London Dockside Panorama

A very pleasant outing. Rory was at work, Natasha and Andy both battling 'flu, so Jacqui, Ritsa and I took the bus to Westminster, and did a riverboat cruise down the river to Greenwich, passing all the famous sights along the River Thames. Always worth doing.

I stitched this panorama together (View On Black) of the revamped docklands and warehouses along the Thames, in times past the centre of maritime activity, now rather expensive riverside living quarters

In Greenwich, we meandered around the grounds of the splendid Royal Naval College, since 1998 open to the public, and then had a look at the rather stunning Baroque decoration of the Painted Hall and Chapel, which I had not seen before.

We then wandered around the Greenwich market, had a drink, and an early supper at a pleasant Bistro in the village, before returning on the Docklands Light Rail, Jubilee Line from Canary Wharf to Waterloo, and mainline train to Wandsworth. Five different forms of transport in our afternoon excursion.

Incidentally, when we got back, Rory was watching "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" on the TV, and we were quite excited to see that one of the early scenes had been filmed in the Painted Hall at Greenwich, where we had been, just hours before.

29 December 2007 (64 Photos)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sunday, 30 December 2007
Riverside Fountain


Fountain

Not much to report. We went back to "The Ship" on the Thames at Wandsworth for a fine lunch with Natasha's friends Tom and Amanda, to give them some travel advice on South Africa. I then got talked into going shopping with Jacqui and Ritsa on High Street Kensington. I didn't last long. Shopping, especially in Sale season, is not my bag. Back to the pub for me.

I love water and fountains.

30 December 2007 (13 Photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Monday, 31 December 2007
New Year's Eve


The Chutney

The last day of the year, and the last photo to be posted in this diary. It has been a great journey.

Our girls must be growing up. No noisy parties for New Years Eve, no jostling with crowds, but a quiet dinner for the six of us up the road at "The Chutney, Contemporary Indian Dining", with suitable liquid accompaniment.

After dinner, back to Natasha's with more of the same liquid, just in time to watch the BBC coverage of the fireworks display at the London Eye and along the Thames.

Which brings us neatly to 2008, and a brand-new Photo Diary. See you there!

31 December 2007 (20 Photos)
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