16 April 2008

31 = 2 parties for the birthday boy!

April 16, 2008

Hans is now a certified member of the 30-something crowd after celebrating his 31st birthday yesterday. He is indeed older, but the wiser component of age is still up for debate!

On Monday we had a fantastic duck dinner on Phoenix III. Gilles has been promising everyone a duck meal and it was well worth the wait and exceeded all expectations. Duck three ways with egg noodles in a cream/garlic/basil sauce; olives; salad; camembert (le rustique!); and, of course, birthday cake! It's always fun to hang out with good friends, lucky Hans got to have a fun birthday party. Thanks Jim & Wendy for the pictures.

Jim and Ivan cozy up during dinner.

Telling jokes: Carmelle, Manon and Hans.

Carmelle, Kristen and Manon before dinner.

Wendy, Kristen and Marie France.

Aaaagggh! The flames get higher every year! Thanks for the yummy cake Carmelle.

Hans laboriously removes all the candles from his cake.

The two cooks in the galley.

Kristen, Marie France and Gilles relaxing after the feast.

Last night the boatyard threw a joint birthday bash for three friends striving for membership as senior citizens - it was a non-stop party: lots of beer, wine, and food. Wow! What a spread of all types of food. The Swedes outnumbered the other nationalities and Kristen was one of only a few Americans. We have no pictures from that fiesta - perhaps a good thing!