Oh my, so much food and wine the last couple of weeks… I’m on a diet for the coming month !!! It started with a busy birthday “week”… My friend Angie has her birthday the 18th and me 2 days later. She got a gift voucher for a fancy restaurant on Las Olas and invited me over to celebrate both our bdays. We had “aperitif” at my place first and by the time we had to leave, the sky was pitch dark. Only 10 minutes after we left, there was a storm like Dominique never experienced before… luckily no hurricane. Angie and I were just a few miles further north and we didn’t had one single drop the whole evening !!!! When I got back home, Dominique told me the neighbors were closing the hurricane shutter doors (we all have them here just in case of emergency), that bad it looked.
The next day Henry Diltz & Patti Boyd came to Fort Lauderdale. Henri is a famous photographer from the 60’s & 70’s. He was the official Woodstock photographer and did countless album covers (he made thousands of pictures of David Cassidy). Patti Boyd is best known as George Harrison‘s wife and Eric Clapton‘s muse, but she was also a famous model in the 60’s and had her own private photo collection from the Beatles. They both came here to present some of their shots, telling stories. It was a great evening and afterwards you could buy a signed picture and have a chat with the “masters” themselves.
And on Sunday celebration time again… Angie organized a brunch with all of her “girl friends” @ “Beauty & the Beast”… unlimited food and Mimosas (Prosecco + orange juice… VERY yummy!!)
Finally my ‘real’ birthday arrived and I invited Céline & Jeff with little River, Elena & Gregory and Al & Fred to celebrate with us. I was soooooo spoiled… Dutch candies and cards arrived in the mail, a gorgeous fruit basket & balloon were delivered early in the morning, flowers and presents in the evening… and last but not least, a new iMac from my hubby ❤
Unfortunately the celebrations were overshadowed with sad news… Dominique’s stepmom Elsy passed after being ill for a long time. At times like that it’s hard to live far away from Belgium, because you feel so helpless. Here’s a picture of Elsy as I want to remember her ❤ The first time she saw Charlie… in those days we lived in Barcelona and went to Belgium for the first time with him when he was 3 months old.
Just 3 days after my birthday our UK friends Wendy & Steve arrived.. well no, they were supposed to arrive. Unfortunately their visit got delayed with a couple of days, because Wendy’s passport did not have a “chip”… new rules since April 1 and it was no April fools-day-joke… She had to go back to London to get a new passport before she was allowed on the plane. Couldn’t believe that British Airways didn’t inform the passengers who booked a flight to the US! Anyway, they finally arrived and we celebrated my birthday with my favorite dish, paëlla 🙂Wendy and I did quite some traveling together… most of the time in order to see a David Cassidy concert… We were both “die hard fans” in the 70’s. I can’t believe how many nice friendships I have made through DC all over the world!!!! But Steve and Dominique became good friends over the years too… they both are of the kindest men I know… no wonder they get along just fine! They went to the Keys for a couple of days and came back on Monday. Unfortunately Dominique had to leave to Belgium, so that left poor Steve with 2 “chatty” women. (I have absolutely NO clue what we were doing here, but we sure had a good laugh when we saw these pictures… it looks like we were dancing! By the way, Steve took these!
In Miami Beach Wendy found David in the “Sales rack”… we put him back on the 1st row though, nice in front of the other Time magazines 🙂
We cracked up seeing these guys standing in line “pretending” to wait for the shower… yeah “RIGHT” 🙂 I showed my friends around the Art Deco district. It contains 960 historic buildings… we didn’t had time to see them all 😦 But Steve took tons of wonderful pictures. You will have to do with mine though…
Again… only in America… A Louis Vuitton motorcycle!!!!! I prefer the bike or skates to be honest 🙂
Off to Little Havana to find Steve a hairdresser… hair grows faster when it’s humid 🙂 But I think he likes it here, because he’s considering taking over Dominique’s office 🙂
One more last dinner together
& one more last drive to “blinky” Las Olas (oh my we laughed so hard in the car… poor, poor Steve who had to bare with us!). It was so much fun to have you guys here. Hope you will treasure Fort Lauderdale in your hearts… we treasure both of you in ours ❤
Woke up at 6.30am with some golden light peeking through my curtains… I just knew the sunrise was amazing and took this beautiful picture of our little paradise. My Dominique came back this morning, right in time to see the Air Show. It was the first time the F-35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter, which hasn’t been approved for combat, joined a U.S. civilian air show. They performed some fascinating maneuvers with a vintage World War II fighter bomber plane — the P-51 Mustang. So hard to take a decent picture of these jets! That’s it folks… almost bedtime here and no more stories to tell. You are up-to-date with my Floridian life. See you next time 🙂