The Gomez annual pilgrimage to London; Harrods, the Christmas lights of Oxford Street and most importantly to me, Mass at Westminster Cathedral.
The children have grown up and I am accompanied by Mrs Gomez.
I lived in England for five years in the late 1970’s and have been visiting the “Mother Country” and in particular London several times a year for the last four decades.
If you want to know what freedom of movement and immigration are in practice then forget all the learned articles and burn your books; travel to the Metropolis and see for yourself.
There may be more cosmopolitan cities in the world but the current demographics of London (Sadiq Khan, Mayor) are a wonder to behold.
In the shops and restaurants, attentive eastern Europeans prevail.
The only cockney accents that I heard were in the taxis where all the drivers were united in their condemnation of Transport for London’s apparently disastrous idea of criss-crossing the capital with bicycle lanes (when Boris Johnson was in City Hall).
It occurred to me that the notion that post-Brexit, hundreds of thousands of recent EU immigrants would have to go home is one of the most preposterous notions of recent times. It just ain’t going to happen.
London is the economic beating heart of the United Kingdom (top of the range sports cars everywhere) and it would suffer a coronary but for the legions of Slavic workers that currently keep it going.
So what is my point? I have come to a conclusion that the EU is not essential in order to ensure good relations among the European family of nations.
That peace was the product of exhaustion after the murderous brutality of European wars in the industrial age and the consequent rejection of jingoism.
Europeans want to continue to work and live with each other regardless of the Brussels regime.
Of course, the EU has assisted countries such as Spain to update their infrastructures.
It has done a similar job in friendly neighbouring countries such as Morocco particularly in terms of the building of highways.
However, all told one does not associate the EU with the thrusting new economic blocks such as China and India.
This really is very odd given that traditionally European countries such as Britain, France, Italy and Germany have always been at the forefront of technological innovation.
By rights, therefore the EU should be beating the US, India and China hands down.
Instead European economies are for the most part in the doldrums, technology is exported to be marketed by other countries and the western European work ethic seems to be so poor that even in the fatherland of industry and efficiency that is Germany, Chancellor Merkel trumpeted that not just a million but any number of immigrants were required to keep her country going.
What does this all tell you? Does it not suggest that it may be the EU that has held Europe back?
These are sobering thoughts and propositions that we need to start considering carefully as 2017 unfolds.
Separations are often traumatic but in terms of the British decision of the 23rd of June 2016 it could well be that the dismantling of the EU as we currently know it could well be a liberation, a release of the pent-up energies of the European people and a challenge and opportunity.
The latest offering from “Project Fear” is that Theresa May wants Britain to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights.
Yet it should not be forgotten that the 1952 Convention was principally drafted by common law lawyers to reflect centuries old British jurisprudence.
Why should withdrawal from the ECHR be such a calamity?
The grey men and women of the EU will rue the day that they rejected David Cameron’s proposals for reform and sent him packing at the beginning of 2016.
Closer to home (our home) I trust that Gibraltar, the Junta de Andalucía, London and the Spanish central government will be able to work out a modus vivendi that allows the region of Gibraltar, the Campo de Gibraltar and the Costa Del Sol not just to survive the coming changes but to make the very best of one of the most strategic and well resourced regions in Europe.
History will judge politicians on all sides very harshly indeed if they are not able to make the best of the current situation.
Indeed, voters across Europe are already showing dangerous signs that they have lost faith in the political class. This is their opportunity to shine.