This has been a great year for Gobbles, my little turkey who likes to travel, and loves being the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving tables as the years go by. He sat on fancy tables on that special day for many years, but this year was different.

On Thanksgiving Day last year, he visited the Las Olas Beach Resort near David, Panama and entertained friends from Boquete and towns nearby by his bright and cheery presence. He was amazed by the huge turkey being served so elegantly at the white linen tables in The Abigail Restaurant.

This summer, Gobbles was lucky to travel to France to see some of the sights around Paris. Here is a photo of him visiting designer Georgio Armani’s fashion house on the Champs Elysee. He went with me to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and the Arc d’ Triomphe, as well.

Gobbles even visited the Palace of Versailles, seen here being held by our grand daughter Dorothy. The horse statute is of King Louis XIV, one of the French kings who lived in the palace back in the 1700’s. If you look carefully, you can see Gobbles in Dorothy’s hand.

This photo was taken when we were just about to enter this historic palace, built in 1664 with over 700 rooms. Can you guess how many kitchens and dining rooms there must be in the Palace of Versailles?

Gobbles can’t imagine how many varieties of dishes that must have been served at Versailles, but probably never turkey. There’s no Thanksgiving in France, or is there?

This year was different for Gobbles, he just stayed home on Thanksgiving Day and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television in Boquete, Panama. He and Mickey Mouse had a wonderful time joining millions of viewers who enjoyed this most famous Thanksgiving event.

Maybe next year Gobbles will visit other lovely sights as he travels the world in search of beautiful places and unusual cuisines. I remember the year that Gobbles climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro with David and me. Our Dinner was only macaroni and cheese that Thanksgiving.

Keep watching for my little turkey as more holidays approach. He’s likely to find some wonderful cuisines to share with you as he explores the world.

Happy Holidays,