And the Winner is... Us!
I love New York, as the song goes. But I love London even more. Steve and I have traveled there many times over the past several years. The first time was for our honeymoon. Three days in London. Two days in Paris. It was the first time I'd traveled overseas and I was bewitched. Everything is so old over there. A history and art lover's paradise. We've also traveled to Austria and Switzerland, both beautiful, and I've been to Italy (personal favorite), but the place we love best, our place, is London.
Steve reads the New York Times on-line daily. Last year, he entered a contest where you guessed the Oscar winners. He guessed every one right. When he got the winner's letter in the mail, he thought it was too good to be true. I encouraged him to follow through as I've worked in PR and the forms looked official to me. They were. 100% the real deal. He won a trip! A week long trip, all expenses paid! He had a choice of three places. Hollywood, CA, Wine Country (CA) or.... (drum roll please) LONDON!! We blinked at the page, chuckled. "Gee," I said, "Which one are you going to pick, I wonder."
Here it is more than a year later. Deadline for taking this trip is March 30, 2006. So guess where I'm going tomorrow? LONDON!! I have to take my laptop with me, write on the plane, write in the mornings, because I have another March 30 deadline. That dratted synopsis. But I don't mind working while on vacation. I'll be in LONDON!!
We have a house/pet sitter lined up. I'm sort of packed. Tube (subway) map. Check. Umbrella. Check. Bookmarks. Check. Yes, bookmarks. I'll be stopping by Murder One, a bookstore on Charing Cross Road that specializes in mystery and romance. Actually, it's about the only place I've found in London that carries a wide offering of American romance. Most of the chains offer a limited amount and bestseller names only. The last time I stopped in (2004) I was blown away to find copies of JINXED and CHARMED on the shelves. The bookseller, Gwen, was delighted to have me autograph them. I was delighted to do it! They're selling me in LONDON!! Er, you know what I mean. I'll be dropping in again, and yes, I'll be looking for friends' books too! Pictures forthcoming. Oh, and blog posts too. Internet Cafe hear I come.
Okay. Off to finish packing. Um, is it just me, or does anyone else obsess over what to wear? I swear I've packed and unpacked various ensembles three times now. Sheesh.