Pah-Zingggg!!!!, faster than a SR-71 in afterburner mode did the last few weeks pass by. I just ran across the fish line in Phuket, when now I am sitting here writing – slightly jet lagged – these lines after mid night, because I am wide awake. (Don’t judge my sentence construction right now, even I have trouble reading it. The gist: It’s late, I am tired and jet lagged, time passed quickly.)
So, to all of you out there a happy, peaceful Christmas and a happy start to the new year 2012. But I also wish you of course that the rest of 2012 will bring you what you really wish for, what you may have worked for. I wish you joy and happiness and contentedness. Contentedness was something my grandma always emphasized on when she was still lucid – very important: Contentedness.
For Christmas we flew to visit our families and friends in Germany. It was as always a whirlwind tour of trying to defy the time-space continuum. The challenge is usually when we visit the motherland to accommodate family and friends and then squeezing some time out for ourselves. We had one entire day to ourselves, took the train and went to Paris – just for the day. The above picture we took as we stopped for a breather and pick-me-up in the shopping center Galleries LaFayette. This is not a modern shopping temple, not it is a grand old dame of shopping. LaFayette is in competition with the other grand old dame of shopping in Paris, Printemps throughout the year. But come Christmas, the pull all the stop signs and hire Paris’ finest fashion designers to decorate the windows on first floor (parterre as the French say). One designer of Asian descent and the man himself Karl Lagerfeld were trying to out-do each other this year. The topic was apparently marionettes (puppets). Un fortunately, I do not have any picture, because the people lines up ten deep in font of the windows. But based on the glimpses and the “Uuuhs” and “Aaah” it must have been quite spectacular.
Alright, I will go back to bed and try to get she sleep. I will post at least one more entry this year, so we will meet soon again. Until then stay sharp.
Yours Markus \m/