First things first, may I thank all those who entered my 1st Blogoversary Book Giveaway. If only I could meet you all to see and do all those amazing things but alas, even though you are all winners in your own right, there is only one book and I'm pleased to announce that a copy of Michael Palin's New Europe will soon be on it's way to:-
JENNIFER at Just Add Water, Silly
"If I were to take you to some fun place in Europe, YOU'D do the picking, since you know it ever so much better than I. Besides, it's your blogoversary celebration, so we should do something you really, really, really want to do. My plan, though, would be to use the hotel kitchen and bundle up a terrific picnic for everyone. I'd fill the basket with every yummy thing I could think of and I would have brought you some maple candy and some Nanaimo Bars from Canada. (I would have also found out what kind of chocolate bars you DON"T have there and filled a grocery bag full of them, hehehe. )" ~Jen
Also, knowing how much I'd love to follow the itinerary of ANGEL at Kissed By An Angel, the judges would like to send a small gift to her as well.
"I'd take you to Venice! We could take a short tour, starting at St Marks Basilica, it's is the most gorgeous church, see the treasures inside and the gold alter with precious stones! Then outside into St Marks Square and to the top of the campanile (bell tower) for the most amazing view over the Venetian Lagoon to Lido (Venice's beach resort) right over to the mainland, over the terracotta rooftops of Venice! Then outside admire the beautiful clock tower: and Napoleon Bonepart's offices at the opposite end of St Marks Square. Then into the Doges Palace with it's magnificent wall paintings, leading through to cross the Bridge of Sighs (for a last look at Venice) before entering into the old prison!! After that a leasurely walk through the winding Calle's, and over bridges untill the Rialto Bridge, pausing at the top for a wonderful view of the Grand Canal. Stopping for some fresh fruit and a drink at the little market just the other side of the Rialto and to admire the astrological clock there. Continuing through the maze of streets and bridges until we reach Venice Santa Lucia station, where we will take a no.1 vaporetto travelling length of the Grand Canal passing the most amazing Palazzi, museums until we are back to San Marco. Alight the vaporetto and head into Harry's Bar for a delicious Bellini!!!"
Again many thanks to all who entered, all who follow/comment on Pen And Paper and indeed those who just quietly visit, your support over the last year has meant such a lot. Here's to many more years to come.