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22 January 2014 @ 12:05 am
Of Paris, birthdays and White Collar :P  
This past weekend was one of the greatest I ever had \o/ Like so many awesome things in my life, this particular one is also mainly because of White Collar. Yup, that is the show that brings people together - friendships are forged, episode-induced excitement is shared and unforgettable adventures are lived \o/

This year's first get-together of White Collar fans who live on the European side of the pond took place in Paris. Yay \o/ Together with the wonderful aragarna, melles76, donnataft, maryrose and her hubby we spent two days doing a variety of things - sightseeing being one of it. Of course it's not possible to see much in only two days but I believe we made the best of it :P I've been to Paris when I was a kid and I have to say that I didn't remember a single thing. Well, okay, the subway looked vaguely familiar but that's about it :D So, a whole new experience for me and I know I have to come back because there is so much more to see \o/

One of the places we visited were the Catacombes. It seems to be a small tradition lately that whenever aragarna and I meet up, we need to go underground :P Last September we visited the WW II bunker in my town and now the Catacombes in Paris. The Catacombes win :P

And as my buddy melles76 noticed (and promptly documented), Neal was there as well (but we do wonder who this Amber is) :D

If anyone would write me a fic with poor Neal trapped in such catacombes, surrounded by nothing but skulls and bones, I guarantee artwork :P

A White Collar meet-up pretty much requires a solid dose of WC viewing. We literally threw ourselves at the latest episode as soon as everyone was present and accounted for. Wheeee, watching episodes together is such a blast, especially when you know that afterwards you can talk about it, spin a few theories, share you uncontrollable desire to cuddle the boys to death and make them feel better :P Apart from Live Feed we also went back to the basics and at some point treated ourselves to Vital Signs, Prisoner's Dilemma, Checkmate and Master Plan.

Personally, it was also a chance for me to take a short (but much needed) break from online life. Of course I couldn't stay away from my LJ and email flist, but other than that I went AWOL, heeee :D Now that I'm more or less back, I'm working on Live Feed screencaps and I should have them posted tomorrow \o/

It's becoming another tradition that our WC meet-ups happen during my birthdays, it was the same last year in Berlin and this year in Paris, too. Heeee \o/ But oh, what wonderful birthday this was. I admit to fighting tears of joy at some point because not only did the girls in Paris remember, but also my wonderful flist who just kept making my day better and better.

I got this wonderful fella ♥ With the blue bowtie and overall cuteness, I'm totally calling him Neal :D I also got a White Collar work of art - a huge posted made entirely of screencaps :D It literally blew my mind, it's so awesome. I promise to post I pic of it proudly displayed on my wall as soon as it arrives (I had to leave it behind to be sent via post - the joys of flying cheap airlines :P). I spent most of my birthday en route but I kept checking my email every once in a while (roaming be damned) and I kept receiving fanfics and wishes and pics of our gorgeous boys and I just kept feeling like the luckiest gal in the world to have found such wonderful friends - all thanks to White Collar :D

ILU, guys ♥ Thank you so much for everything ♥
Kerstinkerrylang on January 21st, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Awww, such a cute Teddy bear, of course his name is Neal, I wouldn't call him any other name.

I'm glad you had so much fun in Paris and that it was great to celebrate your birthday there. But I'm sad that I didn't know about your birthday last year here in Berlin.

I'm looking forward to see the poster.

kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:15 am (UTC)
Thank you :D The poster should arrive sometime next week :D
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Matt Bomer - clappy handsembroiderama on January 22nd, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
What a beautiful bear! I'm glad you all had such a great weekend and that you had a good birthday. ♥
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 22nd, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you *HUGS*

Yes, Neal the bear is as beautiful as Neal the man :P One of my canaries has a tendency to run away and scout the area, and then rip apart any plushies she finds, so I already told her that if she even just as much as looks in the direction of that teddybear, she is gonna lose all the feathers in her a$$ :P
scarym1scarym1 on January 22nd, 2014 01:50 am (UTC)
Those are Great Pics. I never heard of the catacombs in Paris.

That teddy bear is Adorable. : )

Edited at 2014-01-22 01:50 am (UTC)
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:17 am (UTC)
Yup, the Catacombes are a great experience. The sculpture in the lime, as I overheard when passing another group of people with a guide, was made by one of the workers who later died in the Catacombes.
esgee not sg: happinessslytheringurrl on January 22nd, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
"If anyone would write me a fic with poor Neal trapped in such catacombes, surrounded by nothing but skulls and bones, I guarantee artwork :P"

I am stalking my claim on this :) Awesome pics and that is an adorable bear!
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:17 am (UTC)
Wheeee \o/ It just seems like a very Neal thing to get trapped in a place like that :D
esgee not sgslytheringurrl on January 23rd, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
It does ♥ Now, I just need to write this :)
Sholio: WhiteCollar-Neal grinsholio on January 22nd, 2014 08:01 am (UTC)
Awwww, I'm so glad you guys had so much fun! :D And I can totally imagine Neal sneaking down into the catacombs to leave graffiti there. :D
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, Neal Caffrey - the wild years :P

Thanks :D
sinfulslasher: neal poutsinfulslasher on January 22nd, 2014 08:03 am (UTC)
If anyone would write me a fic with poor Neal trapped in such catacombes, surrounded by nothing but skulls and bones, I guarantee artwork :P

If only I didn't have 3 Reverse Big Bangs to write! :( Woe! :(

The pics are awesome, and ZOMG, Neal!Bear. ♥ I really wish I could've been there to give you a birthday hug in person. But! Maybe I can do that belatedly in NYC. *crosses fingers*
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:20 am (UTC)
Heeee, thanks. And yes, I just need some dates for the TNH premiere AND the damn season 6 announcement, so that we can put together a schedule that will get us in NYC at the same time :D
aragarna: Peter b&waragarna on January 22nd, 2014 09:49 am (UTC)
Glad you had a great time! :-)
Great pics. :-)

So apart from the Orlybus, was your travel okay?
Poster's on its way! Should arrive in about 5 days (maybe a bit more depending on Polish's post services...)

Did you know that there was a tax on cylinder packages because it can roll, so that makes it dangerous?! LOL seriously, I didn't expect that one. At least Poland is in UE, so no customs. ;-)
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:35 am (UTC)
Thank you again for having me ♥

And LOL about the poster, yes, very dangerous - in the sense that you take one look at it and you get instantly addicted to everything WC :D (PS. let me know if I should send you more $$$ via Paypal for the postage)

Heee, my trip home was funny :D Apart from the Orlybus fail, my flight was delayed and I missed my bus home, had to take the one leaving 45 mins later... which wasn't so bad anyway :D \o/
aragarna: Peter seriousaragarna on January 23rd, 2014 09:42 am (UTC)
eh no! Don't worry, it's not like I'm going to make you pay for your own birthday gift. No biggie. it's all covered. :-)
I did think of having it delivered directly at your place, but I thought it would be more fun if we were all there when you opened it!

Oh I should email you the tracking number by the way.

So sorry about the Orlybus fail /o\ At least your plane waited for you. ;-)
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
LOL, yes, the universe knew exactly when to deploy those thunderstorms :D
aragarnaaragarna on January 23rd, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
oh right. It's been a horrible weekend in the South of France. Heavy rains and flooding.
So, we were actually lucky to have a much better weather in Paris!
pooh_collector on January 22nd, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
Your photos are amazing!!

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birthday!
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
Thank you... I don't think they are quite in the same league as the beauties you sent me, but yay, pics are still pics :D

leesa_perrie: Neal Hatleesa_perrie on January 22nd, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
Wonderful pics and such a cute bear!! Totally needs to be called Neal!! And lol at Neal being in the catacombs - someone definitely needs to write that fic!!

Glad you had a great time. Maybe next year could be London (or Derby, or if Derby's seems uninspiring, Nottingham's nearby and has all that Robin Hood history)! Might be able to make that!
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 23rd, 2014 09:38 am (UTC)
Heee, thank you \o/

Once we start planning the next get together, we'll put you on the list, we usually just think of a few cities and then pick one :D Any city is good if we can get there by plane or train :P
leesa_perrie: Neal Ballleesa_perrie on January 23rd, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
Well, there is East Midlands International Airport not too far from here...!!! :p :)

Though seriously, choose where the majority want to go. There's no guarantee I could make it to London anyway, depends on price and hubby (he's usually cool about this stuff, but I don't like to take that for granted). If you did choose Nottingham, then no problem - but I suspect most people would prefer London if they came to the UK, which is fine - and you might prefer to go to another country anyway. So, whatever everyone else wants to do.
esgee not sgslytheringurrl on January 24th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)