Happy Birthday to Me!! :-)

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to me,
I am now 23!
I spent the weekend in Paris,
With my Mum and Dad-dee!

Well, in all honesty, can you think of many other places to spend a birthday?? This was my third time to Paris and again, it didn't disappoint!

I left London Thursday evening on the Eurostar, and arrived in to Paris Gare du Nord station about 9pm. Quite easily made my way to Saint-Michel in the Latin Quarter where Mum and Dad were staying, and found their hotel in no time at all!! After settling in a little bit we went for a walk around Saint Michel, I had some dinner, and as they were staying pretty much directly across the River Seine from Notre Dame Cathedral, we went over there for a little look-see also. Not a late night, in preparation for a big Friday around town!!

Friday morning we got going at a reasonable hour to get the Metro to Chateau Rouge station which is near the Sacre Coeur. Once out of the station, my rampage begun!! The first choc eclair was down the hatch!!

The Sacre Coeur is a beautiful church on top of a hill with an amazing view over Paris. It's in the Montmartre district which is also home to the famous Moulin Rouge. We did get it on a good day, not too many tourists, but the usual rounds of people selling all those genuine imitation Louis Vuitton and Gucci handbags.

After we left the church we walked down the hill through a throng of tourist shops. I picked up a couple of very novelty little souvenirs for a mate back in Oz, who has since received them, and thought they were hilarious!! We kept walking and just happened to pass another patisserie, so I just had to pop in and buy another eclair!!

It was a really nice day, a smidge windy, but all the walking kept us warm. We wandered through the streets of Paris, and I know Dad knew where we were going, but we stumbled along lots of very cute French streets on our way to wherever we decided to go.

We ate lunch on the Avenue de Champs Elysee, and walked through the Place de la Concorde, and even past the Pont Alexandre III. And eventually we made our way back to the hotel for a rest before our evening at the Moulin Rouge! Which by the way, I bought myself some Chanel lipgloss and Yves Saint Laurent liquid eyeliner from Galleries Lafayette for the occasion! I thought this would go nicely with the French Manicure my wonderful friends in London bought me!!

I decided not to rest, but make it my mission to find a patisserie close to the hotel that stocked choc eclairs for my easy access. I did find one, and bought 2!! Because it was a nice afternoon I sat outside the Notre Dame Cathedral, people-watched, and ate my eclairs! Also got a few pics of me trying to plug 'Club Old Bar' - don't think anyone really noticed.

So, as I had said to everyone, whether it rains, hales, or shines, I WILL be wearing my dress! And what did the weather do, it was wet, it was windy, and it wasn't exactly warm. We had a nice dinner around the corner from the hotel, and then got on the bus for our Illuminations tour of Paris. This was my third illumnations tour, so it was kinda cool that I could tell Mum and Dad some stuff about things that the commentary couldn't. As I didn't get one when we were on Contiki, or the first time around when I went to Paris, I thought I should get one this time. I bought one of those little Eiffel Tower statues that sits on the base that flashes different coloured through the statue. Dad got one too for his study - a shrine to tacky souvenirs!

We made it to the Moulin Rouge, and had seats right up the back. Still a good view though. The show in all, very glitzy, the costumes were amazing (yes, even though the girls were topless in parts, what they did have on was still very impressive), and the staging was also pretty cool. As we all know, having done a bit of dancing in my teenage years, I do get a bit picky. In the beginning, we all noticed the dancers were out of time, but towards the end when they did the famous Can-Can, and the story line got to styles of dance from the last century I really enjoyed it. It was a wonderful birthday pressie from Mum and Dad, and it was nice to eb able to get dressed up for change too!!

By the time the show finished, it was after midnight, so officially my birthday in French time! I had a missed call and birthday message from my lovely man back in Oz when I came out of the show which also made my night!

A minor sleep in on a Saturday morning - I was awake first and jumped on Mum and Dad like a 4 year-old would on their birthday. Mum and Dad a couple small gifts for me - something to open on the day. Another big day of walking - the Rue di Rivoli, Eiffel Tower for lunch (well we sat on the grass under it - not actually ate at it), Champs Elysee, and down along the river.

We all arrived back at the hotel at different times, me being last, but when I got there a big brown paper bag was in the room. Inside - a massive bunch of roses! The most beautiful flowers I've ever seen in my life!! My beautiful boy had organised flowers and a box of choccies to be delivered to the hotel, on my birthday!! I was speechless... I did manage to get the flowers back to London and they lasted a good week.

Quiet afternoon, then we went and ate French food for dinner. Mum and I shared an entree of Escargot, and I also had Onion Soup. For my main I had a delicious steak which I think might have still been moo-ing, but was really yummy!! Dessert was another choc eclair whilst standing on a bridge over the Seine.

Mum and I attempted to stay up and watch the Eurovision song contest, but after a big day of walking around Paris we were all just too tired and conked out pretty early. The next morning was Aussie Mothers Day, but also the day we were departing Paris and going our separate ways. Breakfast was a warm drink and ofcourse choc eclairs...

I walked the folks to the station, and bid a teary farewell to them. It's kinda weird now that I won't see them till I'm back in Oz, but also kinda cool. They did say they had noticed I have grown up a bit, but in many ways I'm still a child!!

I spent the rest of the day not doing much, just eating and people watching... I had this massive WOW moment outside Notre Dame. I was sitting there in the sun, listening to some of my favourite songs on my mp3, watching this hobo man put small pieces of bread in children's hands so their parents could take photos of their kids, feeding the sparrows in front of Notre Dame. It was an amazing thing to watch, it even made me tear up... that was until one of the little sparrows flew over me and did a shit on my arm!! Then I just laughed...

After a lunch of crepes I got on a train back to Gare du Nord, and then my Eurostar back to London, in time for a Sunday Walkie sesh with the girls. All in all, a fab weekend, and the best birthday to date!!

Enjoy the photos, I've also posted the pics Mum and Dad emailed after all my photos!

L :-) xoxo
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