Birthday Trip to Paris

I have been practicing my French for months, but I wasn’t nearly as fluent as I would have liked to be when we landed in Paris. We ran into a little snafoo on the way home from the airport when I didn’t quite understand that our driver didn’t take credit cards, luckily I muddled my way though asking to find an ATM and we arrived at out flat safe and sound. We were both so tired that a power nap was in order before we could check out the city. When we were ready to head out we started by stepping onto this beautiful balcony.

The flat had been all updated with modern features, but it was in an old building, which we both really liked. If you’re looking for a place to stay I highly recommend it!  Link to Apartment HERE

The flat had been all updated with modern features, but it was in an old building, which we both really liked. If you’re looking for a place to stay I highly recommend it! Link to Apartment HERE

Enjoying a chilly morning on the balcony in my Alpaca coat.

Enjoying a chilly morning on the balcony in my Alpaca coat.

I read somewhere that  Chez Michel  was a perfect restaurant if you’re looking for an authentic Parisian experience, and it did not disappoint. We walked in at 10 to noon and the place was completely empty, but they greeted us warmly and we had a seat in the window. Within a half hour the place was packed and it was easy to see why, everything was incredible

I read somewhere that Chez Michel was a perfect restaurant if you’re looking for an authentic Parisian experience, and it did not disappoint. We walked in at 10 to noon and the place was completely empty, but they greeted us warmly and we had a seat in the window. Within a half hour the place was packed and it was easy to see why, everything was incredible

We got a bit distracted on our coffee mission and may have stopped for some baked goods…oops!

We got a bit distracted on our coffee mission and may have stopped for some baked goods…oops!

We sat down for a moment to enjoy our pastries and within minutes every bird in Paris descended on us!

We sat down for a moment to enjoy our pastries and within minutes every bird in Paris descended on us!

Even the architecture of the building was beautiful.

Even the architecture of the building was beautiful.

Poor guy couldn’t handle all the snacks.

Poor guy couldn’t handle all the snacks.

At Angelina’s we bought several bottles of hot chocolate to take home as gifts (don’t worry they were sealed) and not thinking anything of it we got in line to go to the Eiffel towel afterwards on our way home. Well APPARENTLY they don’t let you take glass through security. So after waiting in line for almost an hour we had to turn around!

At Angelina’s we bought several bottles of hot chocolate to take home as gifts (don’t worry they were sealed) and not thinking anything of it we got in line to go to the Eiffel towel afterwards on our way home. Well APPARENTLY they don’t let you take glass through security. So after waiting in line for almost an hour we had to turn around!

On our last night we made our way up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and enjoyed the most incredible view of the sparkling Eiffel Tower.

On our last night we made our way up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and enjoyed the most incredible view of the sparkling Eiffel Tower.

This is an awful picture, but look how TINY the elevator is!

This is an awful picture, but look how TINY the elevator is!

First tourist stop of the day was the Sacre Coeur

First tourist stop of the day was the Sacre Coeur

After a stuffing ourselves to the gills we were on a mission to find some coffee so we didn’t fall into a food coma for the rest of the day.

After a stuffing ourselves to the gills we were on a mission to find some coffee so we didn’t fall into a food coma for the rest of the day.

Doug has this dream of a french woman riding a bike around in a sundress, basket loaded with baguettes… I guess me in a coat eating a baguette in a back alley will have to do.

Doug has this dream of a french woman riding a bike around in a sundress, basket loaded with baguettes… I guess me in a coat eating a baguette in a back alley will have to do.

We popped over to the Louvre and spend a couple of hours exploring the highlights. We could have spent all day, but you’d need a month at least to see the whole collection.

We popped over to the Louvre and spend a couple of hours exploring the highlights. We could have spent all day, but you’d need a month at least to see the whole collection.

There is nothing I love more than a good library, isn’t this place beautiful? It reminds me of the library in Beauty and the Beast.

There is nothing I love more than a good library, isn’t this place beautiful? It reminds me of the library in Beauty and the Beast.

Off to find some world famous hot chocolate!

Off to find some world famous hot chocolate!

This place has the most amazing hot chocolate. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish it, it’s so rich! But fear not, I persevered.

This place has the most amazing hot chocolate. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish it, it’s so rich! But fear not, I persevered.

For my birthday dinner Doug took me to  Epicure , and it was fantastic! We love fine dining, and I felt so spoiled being able to enjoy a meal with this handsome man on my birthday.

For my birthday dinner Doug took me to Epicure, and it was fantastic! We love fine dining, and I felt so spoiled being able to enjoy a meal with this handsome man on my birthday.