People were still discussing the evening the following day, so it had certainly created quite a buzz amongst those attending.
A group of us were staying in the same hotel near Oxford Circus, so we had agreed a time to meet for breakfast, we found a small coffee shop/cafe a few hundred metres away and we sat and had breakfast and chatted about the previous night and out came various organisers again!
|'Steve.... I thought you were on a diet? !!!!'|
We then took a long walk after all that food and went in search of Paperchase in Tottenham Court Road, my first visit there. It's a huge store spread over three floors. But we had enough time to scope out some stationery goodies.
We then joined the rest of the group for lunch in Vapianos in Great Portland Street, yes I know we have been there before, but for a party of this size (18 people) it is ideal.
|Sophie and Paula|
|Kate, Jene, Christa|
|Margaret, Maria and Lindsay|
|Christina and Mella|
|The Gillio Sisters!|
|Mella with her Baroque she calls Obama!|
And we created a 'stack' of organisers which is sort of a tradition of meet ups, no matter what on-lookers might think! Yes, there are two Temperleys in that stack... a Guinea and an Affair... <gulp>!! But also quite a few Gillios
After lunch we all headed for Tottenham Court Road to shop in the Muji store and Paperchase (again!) Some people had to depart for their trains and flights. Mella had travelled from Antwerp, Christina from Hamburg! I stayed another couple of nights and travelled back to France on Monday.
This had been a great meet up, some interesting trends compared to earlier meet ups. This was the biggest gathering in terms of numbers of people we have brought together, so much so I'm still trying to remember who is who in some of the photos!
It was also the biggest gathering of Gillio organisers I had seen prior to the Antwerp meet up in November which I will be going to.
People were also showing their Midori, or other Travellers Notebooks - such a broad scope of interest in all non-electronic planner tools. If it used pen and paper then it was OK!
Thank you to everyone who came along to either of the events or supported us in some way or other. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. And again thank you to Filofax UK for all the work they put in to making the Friday evening even more special.