The highlight of our 13 night cruise holiday was Florence. My mother travelled to Europe after university and before getting married (I think in about 1969 or 1970). I recall her telling me that she shopped for a gold bracelet by candlelight, and there were shops on a bridge. My memory holds no other details because it was probably 20+ years ago that she told me about it, but as soon as I saw this bridge I was positive that this was the place where she had been! I wish she had kept a travel journal - I could have checked the details. I got all choked up thinking that this was a place she had once been and here I was seeing it in real life :) She didn't feel so far away all of a sudden...
Another highlight was eating a macaroon in Cannes. O--M--G this was the most divine taste experience/sensation that I have EVER had in my life! Up to then, I had only ever tried one of these macaroon thingys and it was a UK shop-bought one. I didn't think it was all that special. I've seen them made on the tv cooking programs and again thought 'nothing special'. So when I discovered this little shop FULL of them looking so very tempting, I decided to try two -- a 66% chocolate one and a butter-caramel one (my English translation of the French label).
And I was not disappointed! They were pricey but-oh-so-worth-it!! They cost 3.79 Euros for the two [sold by weight - and they were only small] so I was thinking 'boy I hope these are good'. The chocolate one was ok. Nothing to go rushing back for. I even shared the rest of it with Mr Crafty Shenanigans! But when I bit into the butter-caramel one I immediately thought 'I should go buy a dozen more'... but then I remembered the cost!
Coming home from holiday meant I got to see my wee Jax too - he's been at a dog-sitter for 2 weeks and he was so happy to see us!! And then today I collected Mr Toyota from the sewing machine doctor/spa and he is sewing like a dream! Hardly a noise out of him - he obviously needed the holiday as well! He got a tune-up, a polish and was dusted and oiled too! Lucky machine :)
And this is what I made - the Zakka Sugar Cookie Sack. I did the embroidery last week by the pool so all I had to do this morning was sew it together. Once I finish the second bit of embroidery I will make another.
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