It seems like a lifetime ago since I popped in to say 'Hi'. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, we all enjoyed ourselves tremendously here at No.11. The run up to the festive season was so exciting. Carcassonne looked terrific this year. The ice rink was larger than before and every evening it looked utterly magical with the lighting and vibrant music playing complete with blasts of dry ice to make it even more spectacular. I love the new wine bar opposite, Le Cochon Noir which used to be the barbers shop. It still has its stripey barbers pole outside but inside its black and chrome with candlelight. We sat there and watched the bustle outside whilst I recalled when I used to go down to the local rink complete with my skates and whizz round effortlessly.
Place Gambetta which is a mere two minutes stroll from me looked equally impressive this year too. An enormous silver tree surrounded by miniature houses, polar bears and penguins twinkled sharply against the backdrop of the blackness of the evening. Two upright wooden soldiers guarded the entrance to the snow ride which glided gracefully around the animals. Visitors this Christmas would not have been disappointed with 'la Magie de Noel' that Carcassonne offered.
But this year seemed especially poignant. I started my new venture, No.11 Bed and Breakfast in Carcassonne and have been fortunate to meet so many interesting people and make special friends along the way. I have many memorable evenings discovering places that before would have lain unvisited so that I can pass on my knowledge and recommend those I have experienced.
These days life seems so full and busy. Social networking is an important part of establishing any business and that in itself is a daily job. Have you visited No.11 on facebook ? , I would be delighted to see you and shall endeavour in the New Year to post up regular updates.
I have announced that Johnny Hallyday will be playing at the Carcassonne Music Festival in 2012 on July 30th. If the festival is as exciting as 2011 then there is certainly plenty to look forward to in the New Year.
I for one can't wait !