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“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”
- William Blake


I have drawn this puzzle to celebrate, my best friend, John's birthday on 4 April, 2020.

Since today is John's birthday, let us all concentrate on happy and positive things and events only. Let us just leave the real world outside and enjoy this virtual party.

Come friends, let us gather round and toast to the birthday boy.

John, here is a toast for you. I wish you good health, happiness and a fulfilled life.
Cheers, everyone. A votre santé.


Last night, all of you have arrived safely at a 5 star hotel in Nice, France.

When you entered your hotel room, you would have found a lovely floral display at the dressing table.

On the coffee table, are gifts of a pair of good, comfortable walking shoes contained in a lovely box. Next to it is a hat, sunglasses and a tote bag.

A gorgeous box of Valrhona French premium chocolate awaits you at the bedside table.

You had a lovely dinner and a refreshing night sleep.


As this is a Virtual Birthday Party, everywhere that we go are virus free and totally safe. Everyone is healthy, fit and strong, positive and happy. No social distancing is required.


It is now 5.50am, Saturday, 4 April 2020 and we are all in Nice, France.

Let us enjoy one of Nice's nicest pleasures -the most famous market area : Cours Selaya which is located between Place Massena and Vieux Nice (Old Town).

We shall wander around the Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya which opens at 6am to avoid the crowds so that we can easily wander around this place.

Let us savour the lovely sight of all the gorgeous blooms and delight our sense of smell with the aromas of flowers and spices.

We can buy flowers, spices, souvenirs, etc from vendors, shops, boutiques. No worries, the Virtual Organiser for John's Virtual Birthday Party said that he will pick up all the tabs.

He will also pay for our breakfast bills at one of the cafes at the Cours Saleya. This cafe has a good choice of breakfast items, excellent service and good ambiance. Just select whatever you like from the menu.


After breakfast, we will continue to browse the flowers, fruits, vegetables and local products from inland Nice at this open air market. The colours and scents will delight our eyes and nose. We will feel the joy of life with the lively ambience.

Standing under the shade of pretty striped awnings of the stores will provide some relief from the sun while we take a closer look at what the vendors have to offer or when selecting the items that we would like to purchase.

The sight of all the floral displays and the fragrances of all the flowers are just heavenly. We can also have a chat with the florists and hoticulturists and seek their advice on how to take care of flowers. John and I love flowers :-) We hope that you all like flowers, too :-)


As we walk through this charming market and soak in the warm and friendly atmosphere, we will notice that the vegetables are fresh, vibrantly coloured and are nicely displayed.

The scent of the herbs and spices are just wonderful.

We will come across vendors selling souvenirs - lovely lavender products. soaps and fragrances, wood craft items and homemade olive oils, etc.


As we continue to walk through this lovely market with its great atmosphere and colours, we will come across some great local food.

Let us try some Socca which is a traditional dish from Nice, from a street side store. We will see it being prepared on a fiery grill. This flatbread is then coarsely chopped and served in a cone with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Enjoy.

We can also try the local onion tart and pan bagna.


Now, my dear friends, let us just enjoy our stroll as we browse at this famous lovely open-air market.

I will be back later (in real time about 12 hours later ). I will then continue with the itinerary for the afternoon (virtual time). You will see this itinerary beginning the salution "Dear Friends and Jigidiers"

So, see you all, later.


This puzzle is posted in 4 sizes - 12, 99, 238 and 320 pieces.

I hope that all of you will have a fun time piecing this puzzle together.


Cheerio and Birthday Smiles,
Jason :-)


PS : As this is a birthday puzzle, please keep all comments positive and auspicious (as I am superstitious when it comes to birthdays - especially, please do not mention or write anything that has to do with the opposite of being healthy, alive, well or living). Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.


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jasonchung2

You are most welcome, Eileen.

Thank you for your birthday greetings and wishes for John :-)

Yes, I had a wonderful and educational walk through the streets of Nice with you ;-)

I am happy that you have enjoyed piecing this puzzle together :-)

Still Smiling Happily
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Thank you, Dize for dropping by and solving this puzzle :-)

Oops! I almost forgot...thanks for the puzzle too! Very fun to piece together!

Dearest Jason, thank you for the birthday invite, it's been lovely strolling through Paris with you. Happy birthday to you, John! The happiest of happiness :)

dize5

Lovely!

jasonchung2

Thank you, Clive for solving this 99 pieces puzzle :-)

CJ45

Complete....11:08.

jasonchung2

I feel so blessed to hear that, Sarah :-))

skpy

It certainly is!!

jasonchung2

Sarah, it is so nice of you to let me know that you have enjoyed this party more than you thought that you would. I am glad that you are here.

A party that brings back happy memories and good memories of your brother (John Scotty) whose birthday is also on 4 April is something good.

Warm Smiles,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Frandancer, welcome to John's Virtual Birthday Party.

Thank you for your birthday greetings to John.

We will stay safe and well.

Please stay safe and well, too :-)

Smiles of Safety and Wellness,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Iris,

What a delightful adventure that you have :-)

Learning to cycle, cycling with friends along the roads and paths of Nice, exploring hidden gems of the city and enjoying pastries in an enchanting place :-) This is quite an adventure, with good exercises, sightseeing of places off the beaten path, and discovery of yummy treats :-) Way to go, girl :-) You have done very well :-)

Smiles of Approval and Happiness,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

You are welcome, Ennis.

I hope that you have enjoyed yourself :-)

Smiles,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Welcome, Advia to John's Virtual Birthday Party.

You look so fresh and relaxed. I know that you will have a great time here.

Ah, I see that you have already enjoyed your early morning walk among the floral, spice and various stalls at the open air market. Wonderful :-)

You have found some extraordinary spices, too. What a find :-) Precious :-)

Do stay and enjoy more activities (some are in the process of being planned).

Smiles of Wonderful Discoveries,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Solid,

Your tribute to John is so touching :-)
In a nutshell, you have covered everything
that John has gone through
from 12 January 2020 to 4 April 2020.

John has emerged a winner
along with all of you, our dear friends
who have so caringly offered prayers
day and night.

To all of you, our faithful friends,
A Very Warm and Heartfelt Thank You :-)


Thank you, Solid for your birthday greetings to John.

He will be joining us again at lunch (which will be held several hours from now). Meanwhile, continue to mingle among friends and enjoy all that Nice has to offer.

Smiling with Faith,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Dudicat, thank you for wishing John "Happy Birthday".

I hope that you will have a wonderful time at this virtual party.

Smiles,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Welcome Judy. I am pleased to welcome you to John's virtual birthday party :-)

Thank you for your birthday greetings, wishes and message to John :-) He knows that you have been praying for him, just as many friends at the party have too. So, today, we are celebrating good times and great friendships.

I am pleased that you like the comfortable shoes and sunglasses. I thought that they will come in handy for the walking tour at Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

It is wonderful to know that you have enjoyed your breakfast. The virtual servers were entertaining as well - smiling all the time, efficient in their service, quick in giving attention and giving tips on how to enjoy and have a good time in Nice.

You will be meeting up with John again at lunch (in real time - several hours from virtual time now).

Meanwhile, Judy, feel free to mingle with friends at this jovial and caring gathering.

I will see you again, soon.

Love and Hugs along with Lots of Warm Smiles,
Jason :-)

skpy

I have enjoyed John's Birthday much more than I thought I would. My brother, John Scotty, was a wonderful man, born on 4/4 and the party brought back many happy memories.

jasonchung2

My friends,

I will reply personally to each one of you when I return home tonight (In real time, about 7 hours from now).

See you all later and please continue to enjoy yourselves.

Smiles,
Jason.

frandancer

Happy Birthday, John, and wherever you are, stay safe and well! :)

irisriver

Such a fun size to solve. On this happy adventure day I learned how to ride a bicycle and joined a group of friends on a lovely tour of the area. We found a delightful pastry shop and took our yummy treats to a quaint peaceful park with bubbling fountain. Birthday adventure smiles to John!☺

ennis

thanks

advia

Thank you for the invitation, I enjoyed a lovely train ride and arrived relaxed and ready to celebrate this event: Happy Birthday John! May you be blessed and full of joy.
The early morning walk at Marché aux Fleurs exceeded all expectations, I found some extraordinary spices. Thanks for this wonderful experience and the meeting with jigidiers in Nice.

solidrock5806

To a brave man, a fighter, a winner,
who dit`nt want to give up
nor give in.
To a friend, lifted up by friends.
To John! Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday,John!

HeyJudeNM

I already feel surrounded by your exquisite hospitality, Jason. Thank you for thinking of all the small details. I especially appreciate the most comfortable shoes, sunglasses and hat to make our excursions all the more comfortable and enjoyable. I have not traveled much internationally, so a trip to Nice is a treat indeed. The trip to the market with breakfast included has already exceeded my expectations, but I look forward to all of the activities yet ro come. Before they get started, I want to say,,,,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear John. It’s wonderful to be here with you, and I’m so glad to see you in perfect health with a huge smile on your face. We celebrate this very important day in your honor and hope to share in all future milestones. Enjoy this time with your friends, and we wish you every success life has to offer.

jasonchung2

Lorna, welcome to John's Virtual Birthday Party :-)

Thank you for your birthday greetings to my best friend, John.

It is always a pleasure to see a friend, like you, who participates in a virtual event and makes it real :-)

The party is beginning to become even more alive because you have arrived.

In a day or two, more virtual events will unfold.

Smiles,
Jason.

jasonchung2

Judy, thank you for your birthday greetings to John.

He has a wonderful day and he will continue to have wonderful days with all of you celebrating his birthday with him.

Smiles,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Welcome Sarah to John's Virtual Birthday Party :-)

I am happy that all the flowers at the stalls have helped to give your day a fantastic start. Yes, all those flowers are a treat to the eyes and a delight to the nose :-)

Smiles,
Jason :-)

goingsilver

Wow! Thank you so much for the invitation Jason; the day sounds absolutely perfect and I relish the treats, sights, scents and sounds of your so carefully planned celebration for John. Wishing John a very special and Happy Birthday - enjoy! Lorna

jals

Happy Birthday John!!!
I hope you have a wonderful day!♥♥♥

skpy

well, wonderful disappeared!!!

skpy

Fantastic start to my day! Loving the flowers, they are beautiful and smell

jasonchung2

You are welcome, Clive.

I, too, will solve this puzzle later as I have to reply to all the birthday greetings that are pouring in now :-0

I will hop over, after this comment, to the 12 pieces of this puzzle as I know that a number of friends have already gathered there.

Smiles,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Irene dear,

You are welcome.

It is my pleasure to share my simple drawings with you and all the friends here :-)

It is even more pleasurable to hear that you have enjoyed piecing this puzzle together.
I have yet to do that :-0

Smiles;
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Hello Rita,

Welcome to John's Virtual Birthday Party and thank you for your birthday greetings to him :-))

Valrhona French premium chocolates are great, aren't they. I just love to eat them, too.
It is a sensory experience when you bite into them.

It is wonderful to hear that you are enjoying and using your gifts, Rita. You got it right - the hat, sunglasses and tote bag are some items that I thought would be practical and useful for a walking trip to the open air market where we all will be spending quite a bit of time, have breakfast and then explore a little bit more. Don't forget the comfortable and fashionable Parisian walking shoes that are part of the welcome gifts.

Lunch will be served in virtual time - before noon. In the real time - probably tomorrow morning or night, as I have an appointment on Sunday morning and will be out the whole day. When I return to this puzzle tomorrow, I will write more on the itinerary for the afternoon.

My guess is that your favourite panel will also be a hot favourite with many friends.

Smiles,
Jason :-)

CJ45

Bookmarked for later. I did leave a message on the smaller puzzle, Thank you again for John's party. LOL!!!

Jumble

I love John's Happy Birthday Card, and really enjoyed solving it. Thank you Jason. ❤️~♫♪~❤️

jasonchung2

Hello M. G.

John and I are pleased to meet you.

Welcome to John's birthday party :-) We are glad that you can join us.

John is my best friend. We have been through thick and thin together.

Thank you for your birthday wishes for John. We are happy to share this happy day with you as we browse around the stalls at Cours Selaya.

Let us take a closer look at some of the gorgeous flowers over there. They are so beautiful :-)

I'm so excited to be in Nice ! So enjoyed the chocolates. I have on my hat, sunglasses and my tote bag, ready to walk through the market on this beautiful day. Glad to see so many friends from Jigidi. My favorite square is the sunny pink sky over the water. Happy Birthday with love and warm wishes to John.You are a visual genius, Jason!
Rita

Emmergee

I am honored to have been able to spend the morning strolling with all of you, including the "birthday boy." Thank you for including me.
You have made me recall my time in Chateaurenard many years ago. I wish John (whoever this wonderful person is) a delightful day of celebration and joy.
~M.G.

jasonchung2

Welcome my friends to John's Virtual Birthday Party which is being held at Nice, France :-)))

John and I were receiving and welcoming friends and guests as they arrived at the hotel last night. Some friends had flown in by Magic Carpets. It was a spectacular sight. The hotel staff were in awe and the hotel guests were thrilled by the magic carpets and they wondered how they could get a ride on them :-)

John told me that the green and the pink panels with the musical notes are his favourites in his birthday puzzle for this year.

My favourite is the purple panel with the white flowers. I also like the blue panel with 9 blossoms.

Which ones do you like?

As friends begin to gather in the hotel lobby at 6.00am this morning (virtual time), we will begin our trip for the morning :-)