Celebrating A Special Birthday In Paris

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Paris Notre Dame

Last weekend I headed away with my other half in tow to celebrate his birthday in Paris. It wasn’t specifically a special birthday – although aren’t all birthday’s special?! – but it was his first one we were spending together so I wanted to do something a little special. And what’s more special than a birthday in Paris?! Anyone who knows me will know I am a pretty generous person and I’d to think I am pretty good at organizing things so as soon as the new year hit I began to think of ideas of what to do but he didn’t have a passport sorted yet so I did panic that I’d need to find an alternative option. Thankfully his passport arrived a week after posting it off and I booked our Eurostar tickets and hotel straight away.

Paris View

For about 3 weeks I managed to keep the exact details of his birthday surprise a secret which was extremely hard but two weeks prior I decided to let him on the surprise to allow for packing, planning, euro buying etc. Now while booking and the planning was pretty much a doddle the birthday plans weren’t. I was going to take his presents with me so thankfully I didn’t need much in the way of clothing/ items for just one night, two days. And I wanted to take a cake or something I could light and sing happy birthday with. In the end, I bought four mini cookie cupcakes from Millies and individually wrapped them in plastic boxes and positioned them in my suitcase in the hope that they wouldn’t move around too much – thankfully they didn’t.

Paris Notre Dame Overview

The trip started pretty early as we got a train from St Albans to Kings Cross St Pancreas ready for our super duper early Eurostar train. After a quick snack breakfast and a few hours on the train, we arrived in Paris at 10 am local time. We dropped our cases at the hotel which was only about 5 minutes’ from Gare Du Nord – a conscious decision I made when booking – then we headed on the train over to Notre Dame for our first part of exploration. The queue to climb the towers is always pretty long but after 45 minutes’ we started to make our descent. It’s climbs like this which remind me how unfit I am but after a little while we got to the top and saw the pretty views out over the city. The weather was unseasonably great and due to the heat we treated ourselves to an ice-cream from my favourite spot Berthillon which is just over the river from Notre Dame.

Paris Louvre Outside

The next stop was the Louvre, and despite already being here twice I saw loads I definitely hadn’t seen before. The Louvre itself is huge and I really don’t think it’s laid out in a user-friendly way as there isn’t a logical order to anything. You could spend a whole day here and not even see everything. We spent about 2- 2.5 hours here and explored the Egyptian area, a lot of the sculptures, saw some beautiful architecture of the buildings and of course both the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo. From here we headed back to our hotel for a well earnt relax and nap. Our evening ended with a nice meal along the Champs Elysees which gave us a pretty lit up view of the Arc De Triomphe before we headed back to our hotel.

Paris Mona Lisa

Sunday was officially my other halves birthday so our morning was nice and chilled as he opened his presents, I presented him with his cookie cupcakes after almost burning my finger on a lighter *oops* and having a lovely breakfast. We made a trip over to the Eiffel Tower to see it in all it’s glory which was followed by a relaxing River Boat Cruise along the Seine, something I’d never done before. The sun was shining and it was really a beautiful way to spend the afternoon.

Paris Eiffel Tower

After a lovely lunch, we had a wander down the Champs Elysees which included a cheeky trip into Sephora, although for the first time I didn’t buy anything as the store was completely crazy and too packed so instead we grabbed some drinks and sat in a little park basking in the sunshine before heading back to our hotel to collect our bags and go back to grab our Eurostar.

Paris Notre Dame

We didn’t even scratch the surface of what there is to do in Paris so I know we’ll be back but it was a lovely to spend my other halves birthday in Paris, definitely something we’ll remember.

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March 15, 2017
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  • Gareth Torrance

    Wow, I’ve never actually had a birthday surprise… That was a really nice thing you did! And Paris is a really cool city, so a great place to do it as well!

  • Melanie Williams

    Ooo I love Paris, expecially to celebrate Birthdays lol… Been to Paris lotsss I have petty much done the same as you, but my piccys are no where near as good 🙂 x

  • What an awesome birthday gift for you and your boyfriend! It seems like you both had a great time. Your photos are incredible- I definitely hope to visit Paris soon!

  • Glad you had an amazing time! I’ve not been to Paris in forever, but would love to head back soon x

  • Looks like you had an amazing time, we went to Paris a couple of years ago and had a great time, but like you there is still so much more to see and do

  • Looks great and like you both had a great time. Me and my boyfriend have been together nearly 6 years and we haven’t ever been away together, but as a family we went to Bridlington lol x

  • shoshana sue

    What I would give to receive a birthday surprise and to Paris. Great way to treat your partner

  • Bec Boop

    i love Paris. You are so lucky to get to celebrate your birthday there! Love the photos.

  • Donna

    We went to Paris for my husband’s birthday last year! it was such a fabulous weekend. looks like you had a blast too x

  • Paris looks so beautiful, I wish to go there soon! I’m going to France this weekend but not to Paris.

  • Your trip sounds wonderful and I”m sure your other half was just thrilled with his birthday celebration. The boat trip on the Seine sounds lovely, especially since you had great weather. This is something I would love to do if ever in Paris, besides the obvious like the Louvre and Eiffel Tower.

  • Jodie Whitham

    Fab that you can dedicate weekend to Paris. I believe all birthdays are and should be special too x

  • oh wow your soo lucky i wish i was able to travel for my birthday although im not sure it woud be so nice in november

    • I went on 29th-30th October and over New Year and both times it was still nice, well nicer than here x

  • Emma Oxley

    Weird – my boyfriend grew up in St.Albans – we now live near Kings Cross and I’m taking him to Paris for his birthday next month! We must think the same way! I lived in Paris for a year 10 years ago and it’s my favourite place – can’t wait to show him everything!

  • Chloe Griffiths

    oh wow, I’m desperate to drag my boyfriend to paris mainly for the food and disney land. looks like you had a lovely time xo

  • Wow sounds like it really was a special birthday indeed! I’d love to do the river boat cruise along the Seine 🙂

  • Ooh lala Happy belated birthday. How special to visit to Paris. I did NOT know that paris has Sephora! omg!

  • Sounds like you had an amazing birthday. Paris is one of my favourite places, it’s such a pretty city! xo

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Sounds like the mister had quite the birthday and I have been to Paris once… and definitely need to go back and see more than Sephora lol x

  • Wow you are literally the best girlfriend, how lovely that you got to celebrate together in Paris. Plus im jealous, Egyptian history? Yes please x

  • What a fabulous trip you planned! I love Paris and the Egyptian rooms in the Louvre are just out of this world. I would love to go and visit again soon x

  • Leah Shafik

    We were just talking about Paris today – we went a couple of years ago for the weekend and I have been before. It’s just one of those places you need more time in. You seemed to get a lot in x

  • Paris will always be part of a must-see places all over the world. What an amazing experience you had. Such an awesome birthday treat!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    What a way to spend a birthday. We went for our first wedding anniversary and although the weather was horrible, it is such an amazing place.

  • love how the sunshine is out and brings out its beauty. birthday well spent. i would love to go again to eat more!

  • Jazmin Williams

    I love Paris! I went to the Eiffel tower last time. The queue was ridiculous so we didn’t go up, but just sat under it, admiring it before taking the typical tourist pics! The cruise was breathtaking, I wish I was vlogging back then because I could have gotten some gorgeous footage.

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