Hard to imagine how I filled my time before I started blogging and met you all, my wonderful blogger buddies.
Even harder to believe is that in a fortnight's time 0n the 18th of April
PEN AND PAPER WILL BE ONE YEAR OLD.
And to help me celebrate I'm going to give one of you a present. Yes!!!! I'm having a birthday giveaway that is open to all.
Well when I say present and giveaway - there is a catch but only a small one.
To which country/attraction/event, would you take me in Europe for a short break and why?
My esteemed panel of judges will then read through all your entries on the 18th and a winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
Don't worry about leaving any e-mail addresses. Just keep visiting after the 18th, and I'll arrange all that with the winner then.
The present! I forgot to mention the present.
The winner will receive a hard back copy of NEW EUROPE by MICHAEL PALIN - a journey which takes him from Slovenia through to Germany.
Until the early 1990s, when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, travelling behind the iron curtain was never easy. In undertaking his new journey through Eastern Europe, breathing in its rich history, filming its exquisite sights and talking to its diverse peoples, Michael fills what has been a void in his own experience and that of very many of his own generation. As in all his series, Palin's New Europe takes the form of a journey through countries which have rich and complex cultures. Few have survived intact, as the ebb and flow of warring armies has continually changed the map of Europe. Starting in the mountains of Slovenia he travels down through Croatia and the former Yugoslavia to Albania before turning northwards to embrace Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, The Ukraine, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, the former East Germany, Poland, the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad (as Konigsberg originally home to the Teutonic Knights), Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, opening up a new and undiscovered world to millions of viewers and readers.