Europe :: Day 2 :: My Birthday!

I am literally the worst at posting in a timely fashion, but I'm determined to finish documenting this trip!
Sunday {my birthday!} began at Hillsong Paris.  Not a bad start to a birthday, or any day for that matter.
It was a neat experience being in a bilingual worship service.  It gives you such a perspective on this world we're in- and realizing that not everyone speaks the same language, but they can hear the same message of good news is just incredible.

After church Kelly & I got some girl time at lunch {no pictures, who am I?!} and coffee/dessert number one of the day.  It was just as good as it looks, yes.
The plan for today was to enjoy Paris.  So we walked around, visited shops, ate desserts, you know regular stuff.
And then we made our way toward the Eiffel Tower.  Two of my specific goals for the trip were to see the Eiffel Tower during the day & at night.
It's crazy how you can just be walking down the street and then all of a sudden, there it is!
It was an absolute gorgeous day!  And the leaves were beautiful.  Paris in the fall... check!
We made our way into the park and got to the base of the tower.
Personally I had this idea that the tower was all shiny and silver.  It's not.  But that didn't make me love it any less.
It still felt like such a magical place to be.  We were getting ready to make our way under the tower when we noticed police searching the area.   They had set a little perimeter around the tower and were slowly walking the area looking at the ground.  It's a little unnerving to see that, especially when you can't understand the things they're saying.  Shortly after that they started pushing back the perimeter and forcing people to leave the area.
After some quick search engine-ing & twitter investigating, we found out there was some kind of bomb scare.  So as much as I wanted to be real mad at the wacko who called that threat in on my birthday {the NERVE!}, I was mostly happy to still be alive to finish my trip... and my life.
Fortunately for us, the tower looks lovely from a little farther out as well.
Ike sure has got the life.
We continued on walking the streets of Paris.  Literally every building is a perfect photograph.
Our next stop was the Arc de Triomphe.
Another breath-taking structure.
The details are just insane.
Oh, and there was a cute little rugrat runnin' around too.
We took a stroll down the Champs-Elysees in hot pursuit of the famed French macaroons.  It took a few tries and a couple wrong turns, but we found 'em.
Happy Birthday to me.  I would also like to take this time to point out how awesome Kelly is.  She carried around candles all day long and stuck them in anything that was edible.  It was the sweetest thing.
You can tell her sweetness by her facial expressions.
I'm so glad we're friends.
We called it a day in Paris and headed back to Fontainebleau.  James was kind enough to take Ike for the evening so Kelly & I could go out for a birthday dinner.  It was the best meal!
And then the dessert... duh.  There is always dessert.  Should be anyways.
It got some candles too.
It was definitely a birthday for the books and I'm so thankful to Kelly & James & Ike for making it special.  

Side, birthday note:  reflecting on the 27 years in my back pocket... I'm feeling pretty good.  This last year was a really great one and such a life changer.  New city, new job, new friends, new experiences & opportunities.  So much new!  And it's all gone way smoother than I could have even hoped for, which gives me the feeling that I'm right where I'm supposed to be.  Of all the feelings to feel, that's one of the best.  <3 br="">


Europe :: Day 1 :: Paris & Notre Dame

After our time at the Louvre, we headed toward Notre Dame.  By way of the river...

...and saw the love lock bridge over the Seine.  Vendors are all over selling these locks that you can write your name and the name of your love on, attach to the bridge, and throw the key into the river.  Something about eternal love or some garbage like that. :)

It seems like almost anywhere you go, you can see the Eiffel Tower off in the distance.

And then of course it's just difficult to not take pictures of every amazing building and sight.

We made it to Notre Dame and the sun finally started to appear.
This cathedral is just astounding.
It's so amazing the details in all of the structures.  I can't imagine how tedious of a job that would've been to carve all of those intricate designs.

I probably could've stood and stared at this building all day.

Kel, being all fashion blogger in front of a red door.

Behind the cathedral was a beautiful little garden.  Surprise, surprise.

Kids sure have it made, getting rolled around in strollers all day long.


We then crossed another love lock bridge, which leads me to believe that really any bridge can become the love lock bridge.  Makes sense, there's plenty of love to go around.

Ike made friends with the accordion player, as kids do.
But in all fairness, the chicken dance will woo just about anyone.

I was pretty good at catching Ike mid-blink.  I should probably work on that if I ever want to have good pictures of my own kids someday.  But I guess at the rate I'm moving now, there's no rush.
Oh, these two.
Ike was mostly concerned with the boats.

The other side of Notre Dame.

The Louvre again...

And with that, after the quick drive to Fontainbleau for the evening, my whirlwind of a travel day was complete!

Next up... birthday in Paris!