I finished by birthday week on a high. I went up to London to meet up with Paul and we went to Vinopolis for a wine tasting. We did the self-guided tour, which meant we had credits loaded onto cards that we used in the funky machines to select our samples. So that was fun and we were able to try a lot of samples! =D We ended the visit in their bar where I had a By the River cocktail (a drink that I may or may not have chosen based entirely on my love of River Song...) while Paul decided he simply had to try some absinthe. Judging by the staff's reaction I'm guessing they don't sell much of that particular spirit! And judging by Paul's reaction he won't be ordering it again! Although I do think that that probably wasn't the best setting to try a drink like that and maybe he'd have liked it better in the right circumstances.
The next day we went to the Beefeater Gin Distillery where I discovered a gin & tonic that I didn't hate. Normally I can't stand the taste of tonic but this one was pretty nice. It had a bit of a grapefruit flavour, which I liked.
Later that day we went to the City of London Distillery, where we did not go on a tour but we did spend a lovely hour or so sitting in armchairs while drinking gin cocktails. Paul's experience with absinthe the day before had led to a discussion about bucket lists and we continued the conversation that evening, coming up with ideas for our lists and things that would be on them which we've already done. I may have to write out a proper list at some point.
The next day saw less drinking as we decided to try our hand at baking. We made a chocolate bread pudding, which turned out pretty well, and watched Doctor Who. Paul is now up to the Eleventh era, which pleases me cos Matt Smith is the best and I'm very much looking forward to being able to flail over and discuss his episodes! (Of course if it turns out that Paul doesn't like Matt's Doctor then I'm afraid our friendship won't survive.)
And speaking of Doctor Who, how good was The Magician's Apprentice? I loved it! Mainly because I love Missy and want her to stay forever. But this does give me hope that I'll actually like this series, unlike the last one which I didn't really care for. I'm still not completely sold on Peter Capaldi, but this was a much better first episode than Deep Breath.