The Last Time I Was in Paris, or Paris for the Birthday of a {Quarter} Century

Someone had a birthday last week!  I can’t remember the last time I’ve been home for my birthday to celebrate with family on the day, but I’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by people who help make it special wherever I am {Feel free to start singing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego in your head.  Not like I did or anything}.

This year my birthday coincided {almost} with a puente, a Spanish long weekend.  Actually not sure if this was an official puente.  Puente is supposed to be when you have a holiday on a Thursday, and everyone gets off Friday too.  That’s the puente, or bridge, to the weekend.  But this was a Friday – Monday thing.  Anyway, I was supposed to leave on Friday, but Vueling surprised me by moving my flight a day earlier, which meant I would get another day in Paris.  And get to be in Paris on my birthday.  How lucky is that?

And, when reading tour guides to see what I wanted to do, and eat, I found out that the International Agriculture Show was going to coincide with my visit.  4000 farm animals, and samples of local farm food?  Yes, please.  I’m not going to say the best part of Paris was taking selfies with cows, but I do love my cows.  And the calves were so sweet!  If you’re in Paris late-February next year, I really recommend it.

I got to sight-see and eat lots of French things.  I already want to go back.  Best of all, I got to spend the weekend with a wonderful friend that I haven’t seen in a long time.  It was good to catch up and especially giggle.  But, the best way for you to see Paris isn’t for me to tell you about it.  The best way is for you to see my pictures.

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Happy Meal in the airport on the way to Paris. Can’t remember the last time I’d had one, but it was so good.

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Saw another plane from my plane for the first time. Seemed so close! Has this ever happened to you?

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Birthday dinner! Chicken and pasta. Yummy red wine.

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Birthday Creme Brulee. So good.

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Side shot.

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Birthday flowers. I was such a lucky birthday girl! Thank you.

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Bakery #1. Mind blown.

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More goodies.

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Croissant au beurre and cafe au lait.

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Amazed by the selection.

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Another view.

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Chocolate crepe.

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Babies! I love watching piglets sleep.

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I think she’s playing See-Food.

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My new buddy.

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No idea what these are but they look amazing!

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Beautiful pastries.

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Chausson au pomme. Apple turnover.

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Inside Notre Dame.

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Confit du canard. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

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I had good company. It wasn’t just me and the duck.

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Another best thing I’ve ever eaten. Chocolate mille-feuille.

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View from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

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Ditto looking the other way.

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I thought it was cute.

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Classic Eiffel Tower shot.

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At night.

That was my birthday, with good people in good place eating good food.  And cows!  How do you like to spend your birthdays?


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