OBB Weekly – 9/24/19

Another year, another birthday, another birthday in Paris. If you have spent your birthday in the City of Light, please comment below. Unless I am in love with the city, I typically wouldn’t go back so soon. I last went to Paris in 2017. This trip was to do a RunDisney half marathon at Disneyland Paris. This city has grown on me. I am glad I gave Paris a second chance.

TRAVEL

In 2017, friends and I stayed at different locations. One was the Hotel Du Louvre and unfortunately it was going thru construction. I wanted to see how it turned out and it was gorgeous! They just reopened in May. I was jealous that it was not this shiny and new on that last birthday.

This trip, we stayed at three different hotels: Hotel Gabriel, the Vienna House Magic Circus and Accor’s Pullman a block away from the Eiffel Tower. For a boutique hotel, Hotel Gabriel was wonderful with friendly service to kick off the trip. Complimentary breakfast was also delivered to your room at no additional charge. The Magic Circus was not our first choice of hotel near Disneyland Paris. Don’t be surprised if your room comes with a bunk bed. The Dream Castle had water issues and we were relocated. Lastly, the Pullman Hotel was spacious, comfortable, classy and a great view of the Eiffel Tower. You can’t go wrong with its location.

EVENT PLANNING

My cousin met his fiance while stationed in Japan and they just posted their engagement photos in France. They were tastefully done. There are so many picturesque locations for this romantic city. The numerous bridges, the boats on the Seine and plenty of cafes to sit out front and feel alone together as the world walks by. I would love to do an event in Europe. Referrals are appreciated!

Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

FOOD

Oh, my, the food! My travel partner, Nikki, tried escargot for the first time which she loved. Sebastian at Le Lutetia also made the experience great. Thank you for the complimentary birthday champagne. We had crepes at Creperie Chez Georges. Don’t mind too much that they frown upon the whipped cream. They do offer it so, order it if you like. I did and it made the crepe so much better. Angelina’s is a must. And Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower is a pretty penny but so worth it. Each of these places will have its own blog post so be sure to come back!

Langoustine – Prepared as ravioli, parmesan cream, fine truffle flavored gelee.

MOTIVATION

Well, I finished my second half marathon in one year. After a terrible 5-miler a couple of weeks ago, a decent 6-miler earlier this week and feeling pretty good at mile 7 in Paris, I thought for a second that this WASN’T going to be my last half marathon. Then, when mile 10 was soooo very long, I confirmed, it was my last half. Now that I know I can do it, repeatedly, I am going to move on and try something else. I will probably continue doing 5Ks and 10Ks but I have decided to put more time into golf. It may not be fast paced enough for me but it takes practice and a different kind of movement and concentration to do well. My good friends, Stan and Nelly, have helped me already. I am looking forward to becoming decent and maybe have it help my business. Planning golf trips would be great! Golf courses are great wedding venues as well.

Second medal is for running two halves in one year, one in the US and one in France. Castle to Chateau Challenge.

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