This year I spent my birthday in Paris with David. It was a short trip, we stayed just two nights in the Latin Quarter, but I wanted to share some of my favourite moments and pictures from the trip.
Our hotel was a very convenient 15 minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral so very central. We decided to do the classic tourist thing and jumped on a tour bus to take us round the sights.
Palais Garnier – The Grand Opera House.
Musee d’Orsay – The former railway station turned modern art gallery. We had planned to go in but the queue was massive so we decided just to do some more sightseeing.
Arc de Triomphe – a great example of my extremely weak landscape photography skills! The famous monument had a band-aid on but still looks rather impressive.
Pont Alexandre III – rather extravagant, imposing statues atop the fanciest bridge in a city of fancy bridges.
We did a spot of shopping on Champs-Elysees, picking up macarons in the flagship Laduree store and an Ispahan – a rose, raspberry and lychee concoction – for my official ‘birthday cake’. Well, it had to be something special.
Also did a bit of a Sephora haul which is rather exciting. I’ll share what I picked up in full next week but for now here’s a sneaky peak.
Pont des Arts – yep, we totally shelled out 5 Euros to take part in this ridiculous but photogenic (and I guess romantic) tradition. These padlocks are rapidly migrating beyond this bridge, we even saw them on handrails along the river.
We walked up to Trocadero to take some photos of the Eifel Tower and the impressive fountains. That evening we watched the light display from Pont Neuf. It was amazing, literally looks like the Tower is glittering, but sadly my camera could not cope with the awesomeness.
On the last day we got up early before getting the train to the airport and went across the road to the Jardin du Luxembourg. As you can see it was a perfect morning for a stroll around a simply fabulous garden.
Although the trip was brief we had a lovely time. Just seeing the sights, going for walks, taking pictures, shopping and eating was a great way of spending my birthday and I was well and truly spoiled by David. I would love to go back to Paris soon and for a bit longer the next time.