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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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happy birthday John. It was fun. thanks

jasonchung2

DEAR MARY,

JOHN AND I ARE WELL.

IT IS GOOD THAT YOU CAN WATCH MASS AT YOUR CHURCH ONLINE.

I WILL PRAY FOR YOU, MIKE AND HIS FAMILY AND FOR ALL YOUR SIBLINGS.

IT IS GOOD THAT YOU HAVE CANCELLED YOUR BLOOD TEST AS THAT CAN PROBABLY WAIT TILL THINGS GET BETTER AND MORE SETTLED.

IT IS BEST TO STAY AT HOME AND BE SAFE AND WELL.

NOT TO WORRY TOO MUCH, BETTER TIMES WILL BE HERE.

YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO MY PUZZLES, MARY.

TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF AND BE SAFE, MARY.
YOU MUST KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG.
YOU WILL BE FINE.

BEST REGARDS,
JASON.

gingyjaye

hi Jason and John! I hope you are well and being careful with this damn virus. tired of being in all day. not that I am out a lot but I did go to my church every day and prayed. the church is closed. but, I can watch Mass online at our church. my church is st. Mary of greenwich ct. it is nice to see Mass in my own church. mike can not come down here unless he stays home for at least 14 days. I mean if he goes to the store for milk that is ok but not if he goes to his son's who works and is out too much.

mike has 5 strikes against him. he is 77, has high blood pressure, heart failure, lung problems, and diabetes. I understand his need to see his son but I don't want to get this thing and have been a hermit to avoid it.

I am only 30 minutes from New York City and Greenwich Hospital has at least 60 employees with the virus. I do not want to go for a blood test so I canceled doctor appointments.

I hope you are able to stay in. my brother works from home and so does his wife.

my sister works at a cvs in philly and I worry about her. she is a nurse practitioner at a minute clinic.

thanx for the new puzzle Jas,

love

Mary

jasonchung2

Thank you, Topaz for your good wishes for my best friend, John.

Yes, he had a great birthday. In real life, it was a quiet one and has been like that for years. We enjoy it this way, too.

I am happy to know that you have enjoyed solving this puzzle.

Smiles of Having Made a Friend Have a Lovely Time,
Jason :-)

Topaz1948

I hope you had a very happy birthday. I had a lovely time solving your birthday puzzle.

jasonchung2

Sweet Joanne,

You are never late for any virtual birthday parties that I organise. The parties will always be there and the date will always be the same and so are the events and activities for the day.

Thank you for your birthday greetings to John.

You are a good participant of virtual events. I am glad that the walking shoes are comfortable and practical.

The local cuisine is varied and tasty. I am glad that you have enjoyed it.

Perhaps, you may be interested to join in the continuation of John's birthday celebrations at the other 2 puzzles that I have created after this particular one. They are available in the smallest size only.

They are located at :

https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=X5WKS2CJ

https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=22FWH1TR

Party Smiles,
Jason and John :-))

crashnot

Oh no!! I came to the party late. I hope I didn't miss too much. I certainly enjoyed the virtual tour. The flowers are exquisite and the chocolates scrumptious. I really enjoyed my walk through the market. My feet don't even hurt the shoes fit me so well and were so comfortable. I love tasting all the local cuisine.

Happy Belated Birthday, John.

Jason you are a wonderful friend and throwing a terrific party for John. I'm glad I can be part of it. Thank you for inviting me.

jasonchung2

Welcome, Pat :-)

It is wonderful to see that you have joined us at this party. Let us continue to celebrate as virtually it is still 4 April (regardless of which day the real world is in now).

Thank you for your birthday greetings and wishes to John.

I am happy that you like the activities that I have organised for John's virtual birthday party.

Smiling with Happiness,
Jason :-)

allardpj

Thank you for a great puzzle and story, Jason. Happy Birthday to John and many blessings to you all! Pat

jasonchung2

Hello Erika,

I am pleased to meet you. Welcome to my puzzle page.

Thank you for attending John's virtual birthday party.

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

Happy Belated Birthday to you, Erika. I wish you good health and lots of happiness.

My April puzzle which was posted on 1 April 2020 celebrates the birthdays of all April babies.

I do not know if you have seen it. If you are interested in taking a look at it,
it is located at :

https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=UQRTWLBU
This is a 9 pieces puzzle.

https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=ZKG68ASA
This is a 100 pieces puzzle.

https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=W1GQEM06
This is a 256 pieces puzzle.

https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=2CMCXHOO
This is a 400 pieces puzzle.

I have given all the 4 sizes of the 1 April 2020 puzzle entitled "Celebrating April" because I do not know your puzzle preference size.

I hope that you had a wonderful birthday :-)

Birthday Cheers and Smiles,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Thank you for the compliment on this puzzle, Philip :-)

I am happy that you have accepted the invitation to John's virtual birthday party :-)

I wish you a great day/evening and much happiness along with good health.

Keep safe and well.

Smiles,
Jason :-)

Happy birthday dear John. Wish you all the best from Israel.
My birthday was on 3 April. I was born on 1941. Erika Dub.

GREAT PUZZLE, GREAT FUN, HOPE YOU & JOHN HAD A GREAT DAY, KEEP SAFE EVERY ONE. GOD BLESS ALL..

jasonchung2

Becrec,

I am pleased to meet you. Welcome to my puzzle page.

I am happy that you have accepted the invitation to this party and hope that you have a great time :-)

Smiles for a New Friend,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Thank you, Carrotcake for sending birthday greetings to John, and for the compliment :-)

Please stay on for the whole virtual day. The party will end when John and I say goodbye to all our friends/guests. There is still lunch and dinner, etc.

In real time, virtual parties will last for a few days. So just drop by now and then to join us again :-)

Smiles,
Jason

jasonchung2

Julie, thank you for honouring us with your prescence at this virtual party.

Thank you, too, for your birthday greetings and compliment.

Yes, John has enjoyed his birthday. He had salmon for lunch.

I am so glad that you like and enjoy the chocolates :-) They are fine chocolates. Great taste and texture.

I am also happy that you have enjoyed the tour of the open air market :-) It is an interesting place that has a variety of products and items.

And, to know that you have enjoyed this puzzle is like having ice cream with cake :-) Double joy.

Broad smiles,
Jason.

jasonchung2

Irene, thank you for letting me know that you have enjoyed this puzzle :-)

I hope that I will have the time to solve this puzzle soon

Smiling with Hope,
Jason

Merci

Happy Birthday, John! What a lovely soul you are Jason. Hakuna matata.

julie88

Jason & John
Gentleman
I hope your day was as fun and colorful as this party puzzle.
Happy Birthday John.
The virtual tour was delightful.
Ah, the sights, smells, and sounds!
And the delicious Vairhona Chocolates! Delightful!
Jason, You are the finest of hosts.
Love and hugs, julie.

Jumble

I couldn't resist it any longer, and enjoyed it just as much as I did when I solved the first one. Thank you Jason.

jasonchung2

Dear Mahalo,

A warm welcome to John's Virtual Birthday Party :-)

Thank you for your birthday wishes for John :-)

Everything has been wonderful. John is having a wonderful time.

Thank you for the compliment on this puzzle. It is just my simple drawing to celebrate my best friend's birthday. I am glad that you like it and thank you for solving the puzzle :-)

Smiles,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Same here, Irene. I have bookmarked this puzzle for a later solve - probably a few days later as meanwhile, I have to reply to comments at John's birthday puzzles and then arrange for a virtual lunch ( in real time, give me one or two more days to prepare :-0)

Hope you are having a wonderful birthday, John. Jason thank you for this masterpiece. What a beautiful tribute. Blessings and all best wishes to both of you.

Jumble

Thank you Jason, book marked for later. ❤️♫♪❤️

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 :-)