14 memories from 2014

Last year, I opted for a completely frivolous and light-hearted end of the year post, so I thought that this year I would change it up a bit. Not that we're getting deep and sentimental or anything like that, but considering that this year has been so good to me, I felt that I owed it a little gratitude. You know that it's been a good one when choosing 14 memories from the whole year is a struggle - I could have easy doubled it, but here are some highlights.

1 :: Day trip to Brighton.

Although it was only a train ride away, it felt like a real mini holiday by the sea - we ate plenty, strolled around and had a day out with not a care in the world. {Brighton blog posts}

2 :: E's 30th birthday.

He cooked up a storm, including this monster of a beef wellington, we had the loveliest company and it was a fantastic evening. {Birthday blog post}

3 :: Sunset in Montmartre, Paris

We had a lovely few days in Paris in the Spring, and the best evening was spent soaking in the view in Montmartre, eating mussels, drinking wine and enjoying the city of light in the best way possible. {Paris blog posts}

4 :: Sister date in Camden.

When my sister was visiting in the summer, we went for a day out in Camden, just mooching around, grabbing bites to eat and browsing through trinkets. The brownie-wich from Chin Chin was the icing on the cake! {Camden blog post}

5 :: Anniversary lunch at La Petite Maison.

E and I celebrated our legal ceremony anniversary with - what else - amazing food. It was a beautifully sunny day, we ate outside, and we relaxed in the garden later in the afternoon. It was such a good day. {La Petite Maison blog post}

6 :: A girls-only Berlin trip.

A few of my friends and I went to another friend's wedding in Berlin in the Summer, leaving our boys behind at home. It was so nice to spend some time with them, and S and I had a couple of days alone exploring various corners of the city and eating delicious food. {Berlin blog posts}

7 :: Visiting C in Hamburg.

C is one of my very best friends and we've been close for about 7 years, but I'd never had the chance to see her home city and the house she grew up in until this summer. Although the reason for the visit was because she was recovering from a foot operation (not the most cheerful thing!), it was a good excuse to go and see a bit of Hamburg. I had a great time with her and her parents, and the city is beautiful. {Hamburg blog post}

8 :: Holiday in Lake Como.

I can't possibly choose a single day or moment during this trip as being a favourite - there were far too many. It was one of the most beautiful places I've been lucky enough to visit, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a gorgeous and romantic getaway for anyone who's considering it. {Lake Como blog posts}

9 :: Running a 10K race.

Never thought I'd see the day, but by some miracle, I ran a 10K race with one of my best friends. I trained quite well for it and ran a time I was more than happy with, and it felt like such an accomplishment! Running has gone by the wayside in the last few months, but I'm determined to get back into it in the new year. {Running blog post}

10 :: Aix-en-Provence in September.

We went to a French-Argentinian wedding in Aix in September, where it was still very much summertime, and had a complete blast. I didn't feel particularly perky the next day having partied 'til beyond 6am (for a grandma-type like me, it's impressive), but it was so much fun and it was also lovely just spending a little time in Provence as always. {Aix blog posts}

11 :: Japanese Journey @ London Restaurant Festival

Meeting and spending the afternoon with two lovely fellow bloggers, restaurant-hopping and eating my favourite kinds of food - that had to make the list! It was delicious, fun and something different. {Japanese Journey blog post}

12 :: Visiting my sister in Vienna.

Although I'd been to Vienna a few times before, it had been quite a while so it was great to go there again. She took me to excellent foodie spots and we had a good old catch up, all in this gorgeous city! {Vienna blog posts}

13 :: Birthday lunch at l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon.

It was such a special treat to enjoy this spectacular meal with my favourite person, and obviously, it's one of the most delicious things I have eaten this entire year. {l'Atelier blog post}

14 :: Spending Christmas in Bordeaux.

More posts to come on Bordeaux, but we had the best time there. For me, the highlight was meeting the little niece and nephew (children of E's sister) who are visiting from Australia (meaning they can only come to Europe every few years) - they are the most delightful pair and I miss them so much! It was so nice to spend time with everyone and the city itself is just wonderful. 

And there we have it! As I said, I could have gone on and on... there are things that are continually exciting that happened this year, like two of my best friends getting engaged, and more personal and work-related highlights that I've particularly enjoyed or been proud of. There are also more general things, like the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, which also made this year that much better. 

I hope you all ring in the new year in whichever way you enjoy most - I'll be with E and our friends, eating, drinking and playing silly games.

2014, I really liked you. I hope your successor is just as nice.

Wishing you a very happy New Year!