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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.