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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 Gingerale 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)

End of the Champagne Tour…

This is a repost of my birthday Champagne Tour post and I hope you will feel free to add a joyous occasion that just bubbled forth a joyous, hopeful, celebration spirit for you.  I  so appreciate for all the folks who made comments and added to my birthday year…You still have time to add your comments or your celebration here!

Wishing you and Yours a Wonder Full New Year – 2010

17 Responses to “Sparkling Tour with Bubbly Celebrations in Mind”

  1. Mama Zen Says:

    May your New Year be filled with bubbly joy!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Resolution =-.

  2. Jannie funster Says:

    Don’t you just love that word — embarcadero?!

    I had the great privilege and joy to soend a few days in San Francisci in 1994. How can one not leave one’s heart there??

    Champagne, I too learned somewhere along the line how to open one properly, maybe from tv. Maybe from some guy on a corner. I like mine brut — champagne that is.

    And I like you sweet — just as you are.

    .-= Jannie funster´s last blog ..I Stenciled A Doll Trunk! =-.

  3. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. There were 5 days of bliss at a B&B on Bowen Island that I remember fondly. No champagne, but good red wine. I’ve never been a huge fan of champagne, but I do like Gingerale. Wishing you all the best for 2009! Happy New Year!
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Put the Message in the Box =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    And may your New Year be filled with the bubbles of Joy also…

    You were a big part of this sparkly year for me….Thank you for sharing your story and your laugh out loud year of posts – you are a de light!

    Wishing you the sparkle of Champagne/Gingerale in the in New Year…That ship is sailing in your direction for sure!

  5. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I could just follow your champagne tour – just wonderful. I haven’t travelled much along the Pacific Coast – desperately brief visits to Vancouver, and San Diego .. but ONE DAY!

    Camping Safari in the Okavango Delta, a mokoro (canoe) trip in the Delta – see elephants, hippos, red lechwe, springbok, crocodiles, weavers, lilac breasted rollers, bee eaters, fish eagles – having a delicious lunch … a zizz under the trees – a champagne dinner again in the bush, with the clear starry sky above .. wonderful friends .. listening to the crickets and night bush sounds – no artificial lights or human noise for hundreds of miles ….

    that’s me! Friends and friends for ever ..
    Success and Happiness to you in 2010 –
    with love Hilary
    Positive letterss Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Blue Moons …. Last day of 2009 =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    a delightful tour you shared here…thank you…friends and friends forever…champagne in the bush…All the best to you in 2010!

  7. J.D. Meier Says:

    You made ginger ale sound so good.

    I love train trips, especially with sleeper cars. I’ve taken a few cross-country train trips and there’s nothing like it.

    Happy 60th and many more!
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..How To Change a Habit and Make It Stick =-.

  8. Hulbert Says:

    Hi Patricia. I recently stumbled across this blog of yours and I just wanted to say that it makes me very happy to see someone have so much fun on their birthday. Usually, for me, it’s just another day, but seeing your post and how you came up with a celebration out of a wine country tour is just amazing. Thanks for sharing this, and I wish you much joy and success in the year of 2010!
    .-= Hulbert´s last blog ..My 100th Post =-.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Just finished my ginger ale! I do so love train trips I just wish my knees did better!….a whole year of celebrating – it was fun

    Thank you for dropping in on the party! and it was a fun plan and a great year long celebration. Thank you for you good wishes and best to you in 2010…I am off to read your 100th post!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Sparkling Tour with Bubbly Celebrations in Mind =-.

  10. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    What a great idea for the bubbly and your birthday. I’m going to do that when I’m 60 if you don’t mind. I loved hearing about your major trips this year and your cookbook tied in with this special year is something to celebrate. Rock 2010 with me. xo
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Love Yourself: Be The Underdog =-.

  11. Dot Says:

    Patricia, it looks like this was one of your posts that I missed, or perhaps forgot. I felt like I was reading it for the first time. Welcome to the sixth decade. It’s not such a bad one!
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Snowstorm! by Dot =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    I would feel honored. Celebrating for a whole year, a bit each day made it just an amazing experience – I highly recommend it!
    I am rocking 2010 with you – and in my rocking chair!!!!

    So far so good….feel as though I am getting better and better every day…..and the peak of creativity, though an individual experience, is about age 65 for women….watch out world!

  13. Sara Says:


    It is wonderful to find you so bubbly. I think it was a great idea to celebrate turning 60 for an entire YEAR. I loved your comment to Dot about how you feel like you’re getting better and better every day and are reaching the peak of creativity. Actually, I thought you were already there:~)

    I’ve never been to California, but hope to travel there some time in 2010. I’m not so fond of Champagne, but would love to travel through the wine country, which I’ve heard is beautifult.

    I hope you a wondrous new year and it makes you healthy, wealthy and wise (er):~)

  14. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for all the kind words…I was not a great fan of champagne until I went on the Chandon tour and learned that it has a wide range of flavors…I am more a ginger ale person myself!

    It is so fun having a daughter living in San Francisco, it gives us a great start point for exploring some place new.
    Best wishes to you in the new year…and as to wise…well it takes one to know one!
    I am ready for some wealth too….
    Creativity here we come!

  15. Tracy Says:

    What a lovely idea! I enjoyed reading about your trip to San Francisco, it’s one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit, and I will!

  16. Evelyn Lim Says:

    It sounds like you’ve got a magical year in 2009. Wish mine will be the same when I turn 60!!

    There can be celebration in the 61st year as much as there has been in the 60th. Wishing you an awesome year ahead! May it be filled with lots of bubbly fun, laughter and love!

    Best wishes,
    .-= Evelyn Lim´s last blog ..My Gratitude To You =-.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for joining the party! Yep! San Francisco is a wonderful spot and I know you will truly enjoy it when you have a chance to visit, which you will :)

    I am hoping for better health in 2010, but other than those set backs it was a very amazing 2009. Thank you for coming on by and

    Happy New Year…