I have been extremely busy since we got back from our holiday, hence the slow start-up on posts. Latent jet-lag has mysteriously kicked in 3 days after we arrived, it’s a bit bizarre. And work has piled up while I was away so I had to take care of that first and foremost. Nevertheless, I have a ton of material from the recent trips and should start writing them soon. But I should clarify my comments in my initial post on going away comment on my first post on being away for a holiday… I went back and re-read the post and comments and realized I should elaborate.. First of all, I said there would be intermittent internet access because I assumed European hotels would still be charging exorbitant rates for internet connections. Thankfully, both of our hotels had unlimited access for free, though I had no intention of logging on too often. I brought toilet paper because I always recall France having atrocious, wax paper like stuff, but I am glad to report they have joined the modern era, with reasonable, though still not as good as Charmin, toilet paper. :) I had my kiamoy and sampaloc and now that several readers have suggested it alleviates in-flight or on-boat queasiness, a lifetime of reliance on these mainstays of travel “baon” kit suddenly makes so much sense. And finally, unlike most vacations we plan in advance, I really had no “must see” or “to do” lists with respect to food and markets and wasn’t planning on being food-centric at all. But as Apicio accurately predicted, that was probably impossible for Marketman to do… so there are a nice number of posts, including our quest to taste every top rated macaron in Paris (we missed only 1 or 2 out of the 7 or 8 top rated purveyors)! In a span of just 4 days, we (Mrs, MM, The Teen and I) collectively consumed some 60+ macarons in the name of marketmanila.com research…. hahaha.
As for Artisan Chocolatier and Bettyq, who so kindly offered prizes to folks who guessed where we had gone on vacation, including incredibly generous gifts of home baked goodies, here, as best as I can tell, are the winners. For those residing abroad and near bettyq, the winner would be “startman” who was a first time commenter and whose IP address suggests he is in Canada. Or if he doesn’t claim the prize, then the runner-up would be “ECC” who is from Houston. For the Philippine-based readers, I think reader “tna” from Santa Rosa, Laguna would be the first to write in that we were in Paris… Okay, that’s all for now, stay tuned for more posts up soon.