Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Looking Back at 2007

I will remember 2007 as the year of food, travel and (of course) blogging! The year began at Bali, where my family and I had a truly magical time. Then came Japan which was a gourmet's delight. The vacation at the African Kingdom Lodge in Orlando Florida was another fantastic family experience. As was our vacation to Switzerland and England later in the year. In addition to all this, I made several business trips to the USA, and as you can expect, indulged in a variety of culinary delights that the Bay Area has to offer.

I continue to build bonds with old blog-friends even as I make new ones. Thank you Sank, Sig, Sandeepa, Foodette, Zhu, Renny, Anil, Vishal, Bee, Hari, Backpakkar and Indicaspecies for being regular readers of my blog over these months and commenting on my posts. My blog saw 25,000+ visits during this year and the readership has moved up considerably in recent months. I look forward to another great year ahead.

As this year comes to a close, here's wishing all of you - my readers - a Very Happy New Year! May you live all the days of your life in 2008 and beyond.

FlowersHari of The Long Hol tagged me recently to select a photo from this year and explain why this photo is special. So here it is: a picture of some flowers blooming. Special because it's taken by my five-year old daughter who's quite a nature lover already!

Bali posts: Ringing in the New Year, Indonesia, Island of the Gods, Gourmet in Bali, Laguna Resort. Japan posts: A Dish to Die For, Around the World, Land of the Rising Sun, Kawaii, Epicurean Part 1, Epicurean Part 2, Living Twice. Orlando vacation posts: The Magic of Disney, Africa Recreated, Downtown Disney. England and Switzerland posts: Timeless London, Sweet Dreams, Massage at 36K feet.

21 comments:

ekalayva said...

Tats cute. A spl snap indeed !!

Sig said...

I have enjoyed reading your tales from around the world Shantanu... Keep up the great work... Wish you a wonderful 2008...
BTW, great minds do think alike... My post today has the same title!!! :)

Shantanu said...

@ekalayva: Welcome to my blog. Yes, it certainly is. :-)

@sig: Ha ha! I will have to agree with you on that, even though there is another one that goes "Fools seldom differ"!

RennyBA said...

What a great revenue from the year that soon pass and you really have travel a lot and eaten some real good food.
I want to thank you so very much for sharing all this adventures with us - your blog is such a great read and very informative. I love to learn and read from you as much as I like to share from Norway and my travels around the world too.

I notice you was in Europe once this year and I do hope you come back in 2008 and then take your time to visit me in Oslo - you know I gladly show you around!

So thanks for your link love - at has been great meeting you too and I'm looking forward to develop our relationship during the coming years.

Swati said...

Hi Shantanu, I came across your blog couple of months ago. You seem to know a lot of good places to eat out in India and elsewhere. Some in my family are visiting Jaipur in February next year. Have you ever visited Jaipur? Would you know places to eat out there (both Indian and Continental). Thanks for all your help. Swati.

bluemountainmama said...

sounds like you've had quite the adventurous year.... may the next be just as much so! i enjoyed the slides....

Zhu said...

Wow, lucky you you got to travel (and eat!) quite a lot this year!

Glad I got to know your blog... despite the fact I'm always hungry after reading it!:D

Shantanu said...

@renny: Thank you for those kind words!

@swati: Unfortunately, I have no first hand knowledge of eating out at Jaipur; I will try to see if anyone I know does and update this section.

@bluemountainmama: I certainly did. Thank you!

@zhu: I hope I do in 2008 as well. :-)

BeeLee said...

Happy new year Shantanu and thanks for the mentioned :-) You really had a wonderful time this year travelling around and I wish the better for you and your family in 2008 :-) I like the photo your daughter took and she's very talented at age 5 !!!

AzAzura said...

I love reading your tales and looking at pictures featured in your blog , they are all very pretty.Definitely a fan of your blog.

Have a very Happy New Year !

Anil P said...

It's been a pleasure, Shantanu. Here's to another strong year ahead.

Shantanu said...

@beelee: Thank you! Yes, she is :-)

@azazura: Thank you very much!

@anil: Thank you!

backpakker said...

Im sure the next year will see you discovering more...Its been a pleasure reading your posts ..have a great 2008

Vishal Pipraiya said...

A very happy new year to you as well!

Expat Traveler said...

Happy new year via Renny's blog..

And I see we have many travels in common, from switzerland to the bay area.

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

happy new year

Shantanu said...

@backpakker, @vishal: Thank You!

@expat traveler: Welcome to my blog. Look forward to reading your posts this year too.

@harekrishnaji: Thank You!

indicaspecies said...

Thank you for sharing your 2007 which sounds like a very good year for you. Reading this post makes me want to write of my experiences of the past year in a nutshell. I shall hopefully do so, thanks to you.

Discovering your blog has been a pleasure Shantanu and thank you for the mention here.

Have a great 2008. :)

Shantanu said...

@indicaspecies: Thank you too for having been a constant visitor here.

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