My birthday is coming up at the end of the week and I was reminiscing about previous birthday celebrations I’ve had during my lifetime. I wanted to share with you one of those experiences. Don’t worry, it is still related to travelling as I was abroad that year and believe me it was one of the best birthday ever. 5 years ago I was on an Erasmus program for three months in Paris. It was just me and a friend from university for three months in the French capital on a very limited budget. They were a great 3 months in which I learned a lot about what it feels like to be away from family. Here in Malta we usually live with our parents till we get married or at least very late in life (like when you’re nearly 30!) therefore this was a very challenging experience for me. In hind sight, I do believe I should have done a lot more but that time is gone now and I can do nothing about that now. However I still cherish my time there and I love Paris as a second home.
My brother and my fiance came to visit me in Paris the week of my birthday. I remember being as excited as a child on Christmas Day to see them again after a month and a half. I remember that day we decided to go sight seeing in the morning. I showed them some of Paris’ interesting sites. We went to see L’Opera de Paris (a surprise for my fiance as we are big fans of The Phantom of the Opera) and we walked around near the Louvre and the Seine just looking around at the beauty surrounding us. In the afternoon we decided to go freshen up a bit as well as to prepare for the evening. We bought two baguettes and a bottle of wine so that we could have a picnic in the evening.
At around 6 we went to see the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero and then we queued for about an hour to go up. It was well worth the wait. The view from both levels of the tower is mesmerizing. I remember it started raining lightly as soon as we reached the third level but it was still enjoyable. When we got down from there we found a bench under some trees so that we could eat our dinner. I remember that baguette was delicious and the wine was a perfect match (I don’t remember what the wine was exactly but it was a delicious French one for sure). It was the perfect birthday celebration, simple and different.
I know it’s a short post but I wanted to tell you about this memory of a simpler time. Later on I will post about places I’ve been to in Paris but for today, I wanted to share with you this special day.
Until next time, stay safe and travel.