Today is our last full day in Brussels, we’re flying out tomorrow. Boo! I’m trying to cram in as many moules + frites as I can before returning stateside. Kicking off this week is the lovely Chi of 106 Kids, with the very apropos (and romantic!) story of a recent birthday. The floor is yours, Chi!
I was lucky enough to be whisked away to Paris by my husband for my thirtieth birthday. I had always wanted to go and by a rather fortuitous coincidence it remains one of my favourite “holidays”. We journeyed by Eurostar and I was so utterly beside myself with excitement that the 2 hours flew by.
We only had a weekend in which to cram our itinerary and so no sooner had we checked in and freshened up than we set off armed with maps, rusty school French and a spring in our step. For the most part, we went to all the usual tourist haunts and did the usual tourist things but there were three firsts that I remember fondly.
One afternoon, as we debated over which quintessentially French café to dine in, we spied a sushi restaurant. Egged on by my husband, I finally mustered the courage to go in and have my first ever bite. We had broken our cardinal rule of only ever eating local cuisine on holiday but I absolutely loved it and I’ve been indulging happily ever since.
I also shrugged off my fear of heights and walked all the way up the Eiffel Tower and was rewarded with a breathtaking view that is never quite the same in photos.
The highlight of the entire weekend was a sumptuous 7-course dinner aboard a glass topped boat. We sailed along the Seine serenaded by a live jazz band and watched the sun set over Notre Dame – the perfect end to a heady weekend.
boat pictures from here
I haven’t been back since but I look forward to doing so with our little girl who will, no doubt, skip unabashedly down the Parisian streets just as excitedly as I did.
Gah, Paris! I can’t believe it was a week ago that I was there. Time moves too quickly sometimes. I wish we’d been able to do a dinner cruise! There’s always next time, right? Thank you for sharing your story, Chi!