Sparkling Tour with Bubbly Celebrations in Mind
Thanksgiving 2008 in the USA, I was on tour and I decided on the best mode of celebration for my big event in 2009.
It all started with a 20 hour train ride to San Francisco. I got on board the Amtrak Pacific Coast train service to San Francisco about noon. I found my sleeper car and the Porter came by to let me know that I was signed up for lunch in an hour and a half. This was news to me because I had carefully packed a bag of food for the ride and now found out my ticket included 6 full meals in the dining car.
A few minutes later the Porter returned with a split of champagne and a lovely orange for me to enjoy while I settled in and waited for lunch.
The Champagne kept on coming the whole week of my tour!
I did several walking tours of the city and discovered fine food, farmer’s markets, and the amazing experiences of the Mission District, Chinatown, the Embarcadero, the tourist traps and Union Square’s Glitz. At nearly every stop and start, there was Champagne.
I was given a tour of Wine Country by my oldest child. It was a lovely coach bus tour with lots of other people. I truly enjoyed meeting the folks from Scotland who were married “last Thursday” in San Diego and were enjoying their honeymoon tour after a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon –“Oh! It is just the best way to experience the whole spectacular.”
Thank you! Thank you! To my kiddo for the great experience and fun day.
My Honey and child did the wine country tour on bicycles, while I enjoyed the bus, the lovely food, and the tour guide’s history lessons and city discussions. Joe was a great teacher at our first stop Domaine Chandon – the home of the finest of Champagnes.
The grounds, gardens, and vines are exquisite even on a rainy fall morning. This elegant facility also grows its own grapes. I learned the difference between grades of wines and how champagne is priced and the correct way to consume and taste wine on the remaining three stops of the tour.
And I got an idea.
I knew just how I wanted to celebrate my 60th birthday in 2009. I started planning my year in detail at that very moment on my third glass of the bubbly.
I bought a case of my favorite taste and joined the champagne club. 12 lovely bottles of champagne arrived at my home and now 2 more would arrive each month until I said – enough!
Now I am asking you to join in the fun.
When one opens a bottle of champagne (which by the way I learned how to do correctly) there begins a celebration and an expectation – just like magic there is a rather joyous response from deep down inside. I have given away the first 12 bottles in that case with the words:
“In 2009, I will be turning 60 years old and I want you to have this bottle of champagne to help me celebrate. Even if you do not drink champagne, I am sure you will discover someone who has just a special moment in 2009 which needs a joyous, bubbly celebration of champagne to acknowledge – so pass it on. I want you to assist me in radiating that joyous feeling all throughout the year to come”
I am hoping that each one of you will purchase a bottle of the bubbly and keep it on hand in 2009 for that celebration moment that is just right to pop the cork.
I am hoping that folks will comment on this post all throughout the year ahead and let me know just how they celebrated and passed on that joyous feeling. Will you help me participate?
I am thinking this will make for a boundless stream of joy – opened up to the universe – a round of celebration. What do you think?
How did you celebrate your 60th birthday or how do you think you will celebrate that magical decade’s arrival?
How do you put joy out into the universe?
(You don’t drink alcoholic beverages? That is okay too! Did you know that opening a brewed bottle of Ginger ale will give you the same joyous feeling and no alcohol? – it has a sharp, clear taste from the Ginger used in making it – it is very healthy stuff for your body – and it is not just chemical imitation like soda pop)