Tomorrow morning I am waving a fond farewell to my parents as I head off to Paris for New Years Eve with a group of friends. It will be bitter sweet since I will not see my parents again for at least 6 months so I'm sure there will be tears on their behalf and lots of hugging at the airport. I wasn't able to get as much time off work as I hoped in the past 2 months so have only seen them for about 2 weeks in total. Then it is back to the travellers life for me... more on that later. In the meantime I am looking forward to crepes and macaroons, lemon citron tarts and walks beside the Seine, the flea markets and catching up with my old housemate!