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Eat Play Louvre: Day 3 – A Birthday in Paris

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continental breakfast







My birthday! I woke up early and excited. I was the first to arrive in the hotel restaurant for breakfast. After I ate, I went back to sleep for a couple of hours. Then, I showered and went exploring. The neighborhood is nice in parts, un peu risqué in others with sex shops and lap dance bars. The Moulin Rouge is steps away from the hotel. The strip is sexy and provocative. There are sex toys shaped like the Eiffel Tower. Some shops cater to straight sex, some bondage, some gay. Mannequins wearing butt-less chaps, thong underwear, feathers and latex rule the day here.

IMG_1393I walked in a slightly different direction on my birthday morning toward a supermarket where I browsed for an hour at products that were similar (and different) from back home. I bought three litres of bottles water for 0.80 € and drank one immediately. Around the corner I found a bookshop. I read nearly every spine until I found ‘Le Petit Prince,’ a book my father used to read to me at bedtime when I was very little. I’ve always loved it.  Then I found a café. I ordered a coffee and a pastry and I sat in the sun feeling wonderful with my new book.

May 30th is also my husband’s birthday, so I made my way back to the hotel to call him when it was morning in his time zone. I peeked at him on the home security camera to make sure he was up, then I spoke to him through the camera. I wished him a happy birthday and instructed him to find his gift all while watching him open it. It was cool.

A little later, Jessica arrived at the hotel. We had to make our way to the meeting point for our night lights city tour. So, we hopped on the metro and went towards the Place de Pyramids. We grabbed a quiche and a sandwich respectively and went to board our bus. Within minutes, there she was! La Tour Eiffel! I was emotional and then giddy. I took many selfies with her. She was more beautiful than I had imagined, and bigger! We went on a river boat and cruised the Seine for a couple of hours, and then back to the bus where we toured Paris by night and saw:

Paris City Vision Cruise and Illumination Tour.


It was absolutely incredible! We finished the evening with an amazing four-cheese pizza, a caipirinha and a mojito. It was my best birthday, by far! I’ll never forget turning 42 in the most romantic city in the world. I just with I could have shared it with my love, as well.

“Paris By Night City Tour and Seine River Cruise” description:

Your tour by air-conditioned panoramic coach will give you the chance to visit the city of Paris and learn about its history and most important sights (audio guide.) Marvel at the following iconic sights linked to Paris’s history and heritage: Place Vendôme Square – Comédie Française Theatre – Louvre Museum – Pont-Neuf Bridge – Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Notre Dame Cathedral- Place du Châtelet Square – the Conciergerie – City Hall of

– Place de la Concorde Square – the Petit and Grand Palais – Avenue des Champs-Élysées – Arc de Triomphe – Eiffel Tower – Invalides – Madeleine Church and the Opera House. Then step aboard for an hour-long audio guide cruise along the Seine on a glass-topped boat with panoramic terrace. As you listen to the music, admire the stunning architecture of the centre of the French capital and the many illuminated monuments that line the banks of the Seine River: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Conciergerie and the Orsay Museum, to name but a few!

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